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August 27, 2003

Gatling named USI senior women’s administrator,
Nations named USI women’s basketball assistant coach

The University of Southern Indiana Athletic Department named assistant women's basketball coach Randa Gatling its senior woman administrator, a position left open by the departure of LeAnn Freeland.

A 1999 USI graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a native of Evansville, Indiana, Gatling is returning for her fifth season on the Screaming Eagles women’s basketball coaching staff. She also becomes the top assistant to USI head coach Rick Stein.

Among her SWA responsibilities, Gatling will be in charge of USI’s Eagle Math program.

“Randa has been a huge asset to our department during the last four years,” director of athletics Jon Mark Hall said. “We are excited to have her join the administrative side of our department as she will provide a great leadership for our student athletes and staff.”

USI also announced that former USI women’s basketball player Casey Nations (O’Fallon, Illinois) has been named assistant women’s basketball coach. Nations will assist in all facets of the USI women’s basketball program.

“Casey was my first phone call when the position opened,” Stein explained. “She already has a great feel for our program and for what it will take to win the GLVC championship. Casey has already hit the ground running and will assist in all aspects of our program. We are excited to have Casey back in here at USI.”

As a player for the Screaming Eagles, Nations helped the Screaming Eagles to the 2001 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, a GLVC regular-season and tournament championship, and a 28-4 record. She played in 31 games during her senior season, averaging 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Prior to joining USI, Nations spent a season at the University of New Mexico after averaging 11.0 points and 9.5 rebounds as a sophomore at Belleville Area College in Illinois.

A 2002 graduate of USI, Nations earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Dan McDonnell,
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