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Tony Hobson, who coached three NAIA women’s basketball championship teams at Hastings (Neb.) College, has been named women’s head basketball coach at Fort Hays State, it was announced Monday.

Hobson succeeds Annette Wiles, who left the Tigers to become head coach at Minnesota-Duluth, another NCAA Division II school.

Hastings won at least 30 games in five of their season seasons under Hobson, highlighted by NAIA Division II championship seasons in 2002, 2003 and 2006.

The title in 2002 was the first basketball championship at any college level — men’s or women’s — in the state of Nebraska.

Hobson compiled a 234-50 record at Hastings, and all seven of his teams qualified for the NAIA Division II tournament. Five of them reached the semfinals.

Before going to Hastings, Hobson was 78-22 in three seasons as head coach at Barton County Community College and 124-44 in six seasons at Cloud County CC.

Hobson is the third new women’s basketball head coach to be hired in the MIAA.

J.C. Carter was named head coach at Southwest Baptist after serving as a men’s assistant under Jeff Guiot last season.

Carter succeeded Jim Middleton, who resigned to become girls head coach at Nixa High School, his alma mater.

Michael Smith, formerly an assistant caoch at Arkansas-Little Rock and head caoch at Moberly Area Community College, is the new women’s coach at Truman State.

Smith, former women’s basketball graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State, replaced John Sloop, whose contract was not renewed after posting an 87-131 record in eight seasons as the Bulldogs’ coach.

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