Friday, June 5, 2020

Cobra, Fresno State women's coach, to resign

   Mariana Cobra's stint at Fresno State didn't last long.
   Cobra will resign as the head coach of the Bulldog women effective June 12 after one shortened season, school officials announced Wednesday.
   "After over 10 years of living and breathing for my passion of coaching, I have decided that 2019-20 was my last season as a head coach," Cobra, who plans to move to Oklahoma but did not elaborate, said on "Collegiate coaching has provided me many, many opportunities.
   "Thank you to all of the players and colleagues who have made me a better leader and person over the last few years. Special thanks to (athletic director) Terry Tumey, (associate athletic director) Frank Pucher and the Fresno State athletic family for the support and wonderful experience in my final year of collegiate coaching."
   Cobra, a Brazil native, went 7-7 at Fresno State before the season ended because of the coronavirus pandemic. She had served as the head coach at Division I North Florida (2016-19), Idaho (2014-16) and Northern Iowa (2012-13).
   During her seven years as a Division I head coach, Cobra guided players to 30 all-conference selections and three conference Player of the Year awards.
   "We thank coach Cobra for bringing stability and positive momentum to our women's tennis program during her time on campus," Tumey said. "Her efforts helped elevate Bulldog tennis on the court, in the classroom and in our community. We wish her the best as she moves on to the next chapter of her personal life."
   Fresno State has not named Cobra's successor.

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