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Coco Miller named, then withdraws, as St. Mary's girls hoops coach

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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 9:54 pm | Updated: 6:36 pm, Wed Jul 24, 2013.

A few hours after being named the new girls basketball coach at powerhouse St. Mary's on Wednesday, former WNBA veteran Coco Miller withdrew from the position.

According to an email from Patrick Madigan, the school's development director, Miller was hired and then withdrew for "unforeseen issues."

Earlier Wednesday, the school tweeted a link to a press release announcing Miller has its hire on its Facebook page. But the release was taken down a few minutes later Wednesday afternoon.

"I am so excited to be a part of a school with such great tradition," Miller had said in the release. "I'm looking forward to continuing the exceptional level of play St. Mary's has established and building on an already prestigious basketball program."

Athletic director Greg Fahrendorf didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

Miller was a standout high school player in Minnesota and college at the University of Georgia. She went on to a 12-year WNBA career.

Miller was expected to replace Curtis Ekmark, who recently resigned following one of the most successful coaching runs in the state's history. The Knights won the past three state championships under his guidance and were named the best team in the country in 2011-12. St. Mary's has been in the state championship game four years in a row and went 154-21 in his six years as coach, including 87-3 the past three seasons.

Ekmark left the school in late spring to run a club basketball team in conjunction with Nike.

St. Mary's had five players move on to Division I colleges following this past season, led by Tribune Player of the Year Chantel Osahor (Washington) and twins Danielle (Michigan) and Dominique (UCLA) Williams.

Leading scorer Courtney Ekmark, a Connecticut verbal commitment, was a junior last season. If she returns to play for St. Mary's, it will be with a completely new supporting cast.

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