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The Florida women’s basketball program will be looking for a new head coach after the resignation of Cameron Newbauer, the university announced in a release on Friday.

Newbauer was the leader of the program for the last four seasons and agreed to a contract extension that the UAA announced just six weeks ago.

“Being the head coach of the University of Florida has been the honor of a lifetime. After much reflection, my family and I have come to the difficult decision to step away,” Newbauer said.

Newbauer was 46-71 overall, but the team has seen significant improvement over his tenure and earned a WNIT bid last season, before dropping a second round contest against Villanova.

Associate head coach Kelly Rae Finley has been named the interim head coach and athletic director Scott Stricklin has stated that the search for a new coach will begin after the season.

“During Kelly’s four years here at Florida, she’s been well-respected within the women’s basketball program and throughout the UAA and we’re fortunate to have her step in and lead our young women,” said Stricklin.

Additionally, as reported first by, star guard Lavender Briggs has entered the transfer portal.

Briggs, a second team All-SEC selection, averaged 19.4 points per game last year.

More to come as the story continues to develop.

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