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Saying the timing is right, longtime Doane women's basketball coach Tracee Fairbanks is stepping down from her post, the school announced Monday.

Fairbanks has guided the program for the past 20 seasons, taking Doane to two NAIA national tournaments.

"I have had all three of our kids while head coach at Doane and I look forward to more time and flexibility with them and the chance to attend their events/daily activities," Fairbanks said in a prepared statement. "There are so many things I enjoy about coaching, but the thing I will miss the most are the lifelong relationships with players, coaches and colleagues."

Fairbanks will continue as a professor in the school's mathematics department.

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Fairbanks has been involved with Doane athletics since the early 1990s. She was a captain for the Tigers when they advanced to the NAIA national semifinals. She returned to the school in 1998 as an assistant coach, and was promoted to head coach one year later, replacing Gene Steinmeyer.

Doane won 308 games under Fairbanks. The Tigers pulled off one of the NAIA's biggest upsets in recent memory when they knocked off then-No. 2 Northwestern 81-74 in January.

But injuries hampered the Tigers most of the season and they finished 6-23. They were 7-21 in 2017-18, 16-16 in 2016-17 and 15-15 in 2015-16.


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