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Former Hawk, Jennie (Lillis) Baranczyk takes Drake head job

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Drake University has hired a former Iowa basketball player to return to her home state and coach Drake's women's team.

Drake introduced Jennie (Lillis) Baranczyk at a news conference Tuesday in Des Moines.

The 29-year-old Baranczyk has spent the past two seasons on the staff at Colorado, where she went after coaching at Marquette.

Baranczyk says she's "thrilled" to be at Drake.

Colorado head coach Linda Lappe praised Baranczyk as a good teacher who has high character.

Baranczyk captained the Hawkeyes for three years and graduated in 2004.

She's replacing Amy Stephens, who left Drake after nine seasons.

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