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Mr. Bill "Coach D" Damuth

Home:
303 Rue Plaisance
Youngsville, La 70592

Work:
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
201 Reinhardt
Lafayette, LA 70506

Home Phone: 903-484-9281
Work Phone: 337-482-5168
Fax: 337-482-5166
Email: coachd96@yahoo.com

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach. Go Cajuns!

Damuth leaving Cajun women’s basketball

July 25, 2006 –
Eric Narcisse
enarcisse@theadvertiser.com

After four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball program, Bill Damuth has resigned to take an assistant job with a promise to be the next head coach at Trinity Valley Community College.
“This isn’t just any junior college that I’m leaving for,” Damuth said. “I’m leaving for the best junior college in the country. It’s a J.C., but if you are going to be on that level, Trinity Valley is the best place to be.”

Damuth, who joined the Cajuns from Hill College where he served as a head coach for two years, will be making his second tour with the Lady Cardinals. He served as an assistant coach there from 1994-2000.

“This was moreso a family and financial decision than it was a basketball decision,” Damuth said. “I loved working with (Cajuns coach J.) Kelley (Hall), the University of Louisiana and I loved the city of Lafayette.”
In four years, Damuth helped the Cajuns win the school’s first West Division Championship, while advancing to its first Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship game.

“Bill Damuth is going to be missed,” Hall said. “He did a very good job for us recruiting and he was very good about knowing the transferring rules. That was a big help. We couldn’t have done what we did in four years without him.”

Damuth admitted it’s tough to say goodbye, but felt it could have been a lot tougher under other circumstances.

“It was tough to leave, but if I was leaving for more money and it was to school that was further away it would’ve been a lot more tougher,” Damuth said. “It’s tough leaving what we have here, but it’s not like I’m leaving a job half done. We accomplished what we sat out to do, so I’m very proud.”

Originally published July 25, 2006

Bill Damuth enters his third season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette�s women�s basketball program.

He also handles the on-the-floor coaching duties for the post players as well as assisting in travel arrangements.

Damuth came to Acadiana from Hill College, where he served as head coach. Damuth�s squads were more than competitive in his two seasons at Hill College, posting a 51-12 mark during that time.

He produced six All-Conference players, two All-Region players and one All-American.

His 2000-01 team won the conference title en route to posting a 29-3 overall record which Damuth earned NTJCAC Coach of the Year honors. The Lady Rebels were ranked 13th in the nation that season and were regional semi-finalists.

In 2001-02, Damuth led the Lady Rebels to a 22-9 mark and a conference runner-up finish.

Prior to Hill College, Damuth was an assistant coach at the nationally-prominent Trinity Valley Community College from 1994-2000. TVCC won the 1996, 1997 and 1999 NJCAA National Championships while Damuth was there. The Lady Cardinals were NJCAA Runners-Up in 1995 and 1999 and played in six consecutive National Championship games.

Damuth coached eight Kodak First Team All-Americans, three NJCAA National Tournament MVPs and five players who would go on to be drafted by the WNBA, including the 2000 WNBA Rookie of the Year.

The Lady Cardinals posted a 226-16 overall record under current Louisiana Tech head coach Kurt Budke.

Damuth received his bachelor�s of science and history degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1995. He earned his master�s in sports science and management from the United States Sports Academy in 1998.

The Martins Mill, Texas, native and his wife Michelle have a two-year-old, Dylan.