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Wyoming women's basketball head coach Joe Legerski announced his retirement Wednesday after 16 years in Laramie.

LARAMIE, Wyo. — University of Wyoming women's basketball coach Joe Legerski is retiring, the UW athletics department announced Wednesday. Legerski won 314 games in his 16 years in Laramie, including a 2007 WNIT championship.

The Rock Springs native is the winningest coach in program history.

In a statement released through Wyoming women's basketball's official Twitter account, Legerski expressed gratitude for his time as the Cowgirls' coach but didn't express a specific reason for his resignation.

"It is nice to be able to make this choice at this time in my life," Legerski said in an announcement on Twitter. "I am truly indebted to the administration, support staff, coaches and players that made Cowgirl basketball such a success."

He went 314–186 at Wyoming, the only university at which he was a head coach. The Cowgirls reached the Mountain West tournament championship game this year for the first time in team history, losing to Boise State.

Legerski said the 2007 WNIT championship win over Wisconsin in front of a sold-out crowd in Laramie was a highlight of his time.

"The past 16 years have been an amazing journey for the Wyoming women's basketball program and for me, personally," Legerski said in the announcement. "... The years have seen more highs than lows, and we were able to move from playing in front of a few hundred Wyoming fans to thousands over that time."

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