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Coleman part of Woodruff’s Bucknell debut

Former University of Scranton women’s basketball coach Trevor Woodruff will make his NCAA Division I head coaching debut tonight when his Bucknell University team plays at the University of Virginia at 7 p.m.

Woodruff’s Bucknell staff includes Taylor Coleman, a former JB Hoops AAU girls coach, who was his assistant with the Lady Royals the past two seasons.

Bucknell is coming off a Patriot League championship and NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.

Woodruff led the Lady Royals to the Final Four, completing a four-year Scranton career in which he his teams went 113-10 and won four Landmark Conference titles.

The Bucknell coaching staff also includes Kelly Mazzante and Jim Reed.

Mazzante went from Montoursville High School to Penn State University and a seven-year WNBA career in which she won two titles with the Phoenix Mercury. Reed has 27 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as Susquehanna University head coach and a previous stint at Bucknell 1998-2001.

“I think we’ve meshed well,” Woodruff said of his staff, according to a season preview story on the school website. “The chemistry is good. They’ve done a good job building relationships with the players, and we’re on the same page in terms of what the expectations are in the program.

“That part of it has come together and worked about as well as it could.”

Bucknell plays its home opener Saturday at 6 against Monmouth.

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