Eastern Michigan hires Castro as women's basketball coach

Washington's Talia Walton (3) is comforted by assistant coach Fred Castro following a national semifinal game against Syracuse, at the women's Final Four in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. Syracuse won 80-59. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Fred Castro is taking over Eastern Michigan women's basketball program after three seasons as an assistant coach at Washington.

The school announced the hiring Thursday. The 36-year-old Castro replaces Tory Verdi, who left to coach Massachusetts. The Eagles were 22-12 last season.

Castro also has coached at Oklahoma, Rogers State, Mercer, Albany and Tulsa and was an advance scout for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and Atlanta Dream.