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Maravalli steps down as JCU women’s basketball coach

February 28th, 2013

Less than a week after leading the Blue Streaks to the quarterfinal round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, Kristie Maravalli decided to step down as head women’s basketball coach after 14 years.

Her decision was announced late Monday afternoon.

The Blue and Gold recorded a record of 13-12 in the regular season. Maravalli’s squad defeated Marietta at home in the first round of the OAC Tournament on Monday, Feb. 18 by a score of 60-53. The Blue Streaks lost on the road to Mount Union one day later in the quarterfinals, 82-63.

Maravalli took over as head coach prior to the 1999-2000 season and has since helped JCU be a competitor in the OAC.

In 14 seasons, she accumulated a record of 161-201. Maravalli inherited a team that won a mere six games in the 1998-1999 season and breathed life back into the JCU women’s basketball program.

In the past eight seasons, Maravalli has coached four All-OAC first-teamers, eight Academic All-OAC players and an OAC Great Lakes Region Rookie of the Year. In recent history, Maravalli tutored one of the best players in JCU women’s basketball history, Lee Jennings, as well as outstanding junior forward Missy Spahar and standout junior point guard Allie Lustig.

Prior to her arrival at JCU, Maravalli served as an assistant coach under Jenny Przekwas at St. Francis College (Pa.), helping the Red Flash reach their fourth consecutive NCAA Division I Championship tournament. The 14-year JCU head coach was also an assistant coach at Manchester (Ind.) College and Swarthmore College (Pa.).

Maravalli graduated from Susquehanna University in 1993. A standout basketball player for the Crusaders, she was an all-conference player three times.

Maravalli also served as track and field assistant coach, strength and conditioning coordinator for women’s athletics and as moderator of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during different parts of her John Carroll career.