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EIU coach departs after winning OVC title

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP)

Eastern Illinois says women's basketball coach Lee Buchanan has resigned after taking his team to a conference title in his first season.

Buchanan said Monday that he's stepping down to ''pursue other professional opportunities'' and to spend more time with his family. He didn't say what those opportunities are or offer other details.

Athletic director Barbara Burke thanked Buchanan for his time at the university. He was an assistant coach at the Charleston school for five seasons before becoming head coach for 2012-13.

The Panthers were 20-12 and won the Ohio Valley Conference's regular-season title. The team went on to the WNIT.

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