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Deyo Steps Down as Lady Flames Assistant Coach

May 23, 2007
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Kelley Deyo is stepping down after four years as an assistant coach for the Lady Flames basketball team.

Kelley Deyo is stepping down after four years as an assistant coach for the Lady Flames basketball team.

Liberty assistant women's basketball coach Kelley Deyo has announced that she is stepping down from her position after four years with the Lady Flames, in an effort to spend more time with her 10-month-old son, James. 

Although Deyo is leaving the Lady Flames' coaching staff, her husband, Adam Deyo, will remain in place as Director of Operations for the fifth season. 

Kelley Deyo served as Liberty's recruiting coordinator for the last two years. In addition, she assisted in the areas of post play and development, on-court practice and game strategy and scouting for head coach Carey Green's staff. The Lady Flames won three Big South Championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2005 run to the Sweet 16, during her time as coach. 

"Kelley has been an integral part of the success of the Lady Flames Basketball program," explained Green. "She has brought instant credibility and a burning desire to develop a winning tradition. Kelley's contributions have enabled our program to take a step forward and produce a successful team, one which is currently respected on the national level after a trip to the Sweet 16." 

"It has been an absolute privilege to be a part of the Liberty family these last four years," remarked Deyo. "I have learned a tremendous amount working under Coach Green and with the other assistants on staff. Liberty has become a second home to Adam and me, and I will be extremely sad to leave my position here on the basketball staff. However, after a lot of prayer and thought, I feel it is best for our family that I step away from basketball and stay home with our son, James." 

Deyo also enjoyed significant success during her playing career at Notre Dame. As a senior in 2001, Deyo started on the Fighting Irish national championship team. She was named the BIG EAST Most Improved Player that season and eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier for her career. Deyo earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament team as well as the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament team during the memorable, end-of-year run. 

Despite being drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks in the third round of the 2001 WNBA Draft, Deyo opted to intern with Athletes in Action on Duke's campus in 2002. In 2003, Deyo played a year of professional basketball in Vienna, Austria. 

"We are thankful for Kelley's contributions to the Lady Flames and know that she will continue to support our program," said Green. "We wish Kelley the very best in the new direction God has taken her." 

"With Adam staying in his current position as Director of Operations, I feel that I'll be able to have an even greater impact in the players' lives away from coaching," observed Deyo. "I will be leading our team Bible studies and opening our home to them on a more consistent basis."