SPOKANE, Wash.—Former assistant Lisa Fortier was named the Gonzaga University women’s basketball head coach on Monday. She spent seven years as an assistant coach for the team.
Fortier is Gonzaga’s seventh head coach since 1980. She replaces former head coach Kelly Graves. Graves left for the position of head coach at the University of Oregon.
The former Cal State Monterey Bay player served as Graves' recruiting coordinator and was also responsible for coordinating Gonzaga's defense, which was one of the best in the nation in 2013-2014.
Fortier said she is "truly honored and very humbled" to take the position.
Fortier first came to Gonzaga in 2004 and spent two years as the coordinator of basketball operations. She then went on to become an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado before returned to Gonzaga in 2007.
Her husband, Craig Fortier, is an associated basketball coach at Eastern Washington University.