PITTSBURG, Kan. — Lane Lord, who has served as head coach of the Pittsburg State women's basketball program for the past 11 years, has accepted the same position at Division I University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, PSU announced Monday afternoon.

Longtime assistant coach Amanda Davied was tabbed as Lord's replacement.

“We are very excited about this new chapter in the history of the Gorilla women's basketball program," Pittsburg State Director of Athletics Jim Johnson said in a press release. "We didn't anticipate Coach Lord's departure, but we've known for some time that we've had as talented an assistant coach on staff as anyone in the country in Amanda Davied. She has had other opportunities to leave her alma mater to pursue head coaching jobs. And, now that Lane has chosen to pursue a new opportunity, I can't imagine anyone more qualified to lead the Gorillas moving forward than Amanda.” 

Davied has been on staff since joining as a graduate assistant in 2003, and has been the program’s top assistant for the past 14 years. She is a graduate of Pittsburg State and Girard High School.

The Gorillas experienced plenty of success under Lord, who earned Central Region coach of the year honors three times and MIAA coaching honors on five occasions. While at PSU, Lord compiled a record of 231-102, taking the Gorillas to the national tournament five times in the last seven years in addition to the program’s first two appearances in the Elite Eight.

During the 2016-17 season, Lord directed the Gorillas to their first MIAA regular-season title since 1996 after a 16-3 league mark. In 2011-12, PSU went 27-6 overall to earn the school’s first national tournament berth since 1998.

"My family and I are excited to be a part of the UTRGV nation," Lord said in a press release issued by Rio Grande Valley. "The growth of UTRGV has been monstrous and I am ready to be a part of it. (UTRGV athletics director) Chris King and his staff have taken this department to the next level and I am ready to take the women's basketball program to the next level as well. We couldn't be more excited for this opportunity and we can't wait to get started.” 

Lord, who spent three years at Barton County Community College and Wichita Heights High School for nine prior to PSU, will be introduced as the Rio Grande Valley head coach on May 30.

Davied, a native of Farlington, Kansas, will be introduced as the Gorillas’ seventh women’s basketball head coach in the coming days, according to PSU’s release.