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SMU women’s basketball head coach Rhonda Rompola to retire at end of season

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Rhonda Rompola has been a player or coach for 35 of the 40 years of SMU women's basketball (Photo courtesy of SMU Athletics).

SMU women’s basketball coach Rhonda Rompola will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, according to a release from SMU’s athletic department. Rompola has served as SMU’s head coach since the 1991-92 season. She played at SMU in 1981-82 and is a graduate of the university.

“This has been an incredible journey,” Rompola said in a statement. “I want to thank my student-athletes, both past and present. I also want to thank my staff.”

The Mustangs have compiled a 438-314 record in nearly 25 years under Rompola. She led them to seven NCAA tournaments, six Women’s NIT appearances, five conference titles and nine 20-win seasons. During Rompola’s one season as a player on the Hilltop, she scored 683 points, which stood as the school record for most points in a single season for more than 30 years. She still holds the school record for most made free throws in a season, with 163.

“Rhonda is synonymous with SMU women’s basketball,” SMU Director of Athletics Rick Hart said. “On behalf of our entire department, I want to thank coach Rompola and her staff for their long-standing and unwavering commitment to our student-athletes and the SMU community.”

Rompola was involved in a civil lawsuit brought against SMU by former player Jennifer Colli in 2008. Colli claimed Rompola questioned her about her sexual orientation and relationship with another team member. Her scholarship was revoked when she brought the issue to former Athletic Director Steve Orsini. The court eventually awarded Colli $19,213 in a civil suit against SMU for the university’s breach of contract regarding her athletic scholarship and a breach of fiduciary duty.

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