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Grizzlies hire new coach for women

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Dana Haggenjos, a former standout player at DePauw University, has been hired as the new head women’s basketball coach at Franklin College.

Haggenjos, who most recently was an assistant coach at DePauw, replaces Jennifer Lodge, who resigned at the end of the season after two years as head coach.

A four-year letter winner at national power DePauw, Haggenjos served 10 years as an assistant at the school, during which time the Tigers posted a 270-34 record.

DePauw won the 2012-13 NCAA Division III national title.

“Dana has prepared herself extremely well for this opportunity, having played and worked for one of the most successful Division III programs in the country,” Franklin athletics director Kerry Prather said. “Her personal drive to succeed, along with experience she has gained in a national championship program, will serve our student-athletes very well.

“Franklin College has a proud tradition in women’s basketball, and I am confident in Dana’s ability to lead the Grizzlies to future success on the (Heartland Collegiate Athletic) conference and nationals levels.”

As a player, Haggenjos, a Mooresville native, finished her career (1999-2003) among DePauw’s career leaders in points, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, rebounding and steals. She was runner-up in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year balloting her senior season.

As a coach, Haggenjos worked with three Division III All-Americans and was part of a staff that produced at least 20 wins during each of her 10 seasons. During that span, the Tigers won eight conference titles and made 10 trips to the national tournament.

At Franklin, she inherits a traditionally strong Division III program coming off a 14-13 season. Prior to that, the Grizzlies had put together back-to-back 20-win seasons.

“The sky is the limit here at Franklin,” Haggenjos said. “History has shown that Franklin is one of the top programs in the Heartland Conference and Great Lakes Region. I am familiar with the team’s players after facing Franklin last season. They gave us a great challenge.

“There’s a lot of potential, and I know we can take this program to the next level.”

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