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Legerski breaks all-time UW women's mark for victories

Nov 27, 2012 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- Joe Legerski was a big fan of the University of Wyoming while growing up in Rock Springs long before he became head coach of the women's basketball team.

He was a student at the university as well.

So as Legerski passed Chad Lavin on Saturday as the coach with the most wins in the program's history, it wasn't the amount of victories that Legerski thought about. It was where he has earned them.

"It is nice being from this state and going to this school to know that I've been able to accomplish that," Legerski said Monday.

"I understand what our fans go through to be Wyoming fans. I was and still am to this day a Wyoming fan.

So I know what it's like to get in a car and drive all those miles.

"It's nice to know, being a Wyoming guy myself, that we've been able to get this accomplished."

Legerski recorded win No. 176 when the Cowgirls topped Pepperdine 72-50 in the championship game of the Pepperdine Thanksgiving Tournament.

Lavin, now an assistant coach at Colorado State, held the record of 175 since 1998.

Legerski also owns the school record for winning percentage at .621 for coaches who've coached more than one season. He has led Wyoming to the WNIT championship in 2008 and the program's first and only NCAA tournament appearance in 2009.

Win No. 1 for Legerski was on Dec. 13, 2003, a 62-51 defeat of MSU-Billings in Casper.

His first win in the Arena-Auditorium came 17 days later against Cal State Northridge.

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