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Illinois hires Bollant to lead women's team

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois has named University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Matt Bollant as its new women's basketball coach.

Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas announced Bollant's hiring Wednesday. Thomas says Bollant has a proven track record and the type of experience that'll help him duplicate that success in Champaign.

Under Bollant this season, Wisconsin-Green Bay finished 31-2 and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The 41-year-old coach was 148-19 in five seasons at Green Bay, and four of his teams made the NCAA tournament.

Bollant says he's proud of the success he's had in Green Bay, but he's honored to take the Illinois job.

Bollant replaces Jolette Law, who was fired at the end of the season. Law was 69-93 in five seasons with the Illini.

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