Jen Reimer posted a 120-68 record in seven years as the head women’s basketball coach at Allegheny College. Reimer left the school Monday to take the head coaching position at former North Coast Athletic Conference program Case Western Reserve.

Meadville Tribune

Jennifer Reimer made several tough decisions throughout her seven-year tenure as head women’s basketball coach at Allegheny College. None of those decisions, though, were probably as difficult as the one she made Friday.

Reimer chose to step down from her position with the Lady Gators to accept a similar position at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. The resignation, which went into effect Monday, puts an end to an outstanding career at Allegheny in which Reimer amassed a record of 120-68.

“This was so, so hard,” Reimer said of her decision to leave Allegheny. “I don’t think it’s really set in. It’s been the best time of my career and the best time of my life as far as the people I’ve met, the kids I’ve worked and the place I’ve been. I can hardly believe my time (at Allegheny) is over.”

Reimer leaves with the program record in wins, which she set with her 111th on Jan. 5 in a victory over Earlham. She led the Gators to six North Coast Athletic Conference semifinals in seven seasons and two championship games.

The last of those championship appearances came this past season. The Gators finished the year 19-8, falling to Denison in the NCAC title game.

Allegheny Director of Athletics Betsy Mitchell was unavailable for comment Tuesday, but said in a press release, “Jennifer has tendered many years of positive student-centered, self-less service to the college, this department and the basketball program. She has earned our appreciation.”

Reimer said leaving Allegheny was never really a plan. An opportunity presented itself and Reimer just decided to accept it.

“It was kind of one of those things,” she said. “I was in Washington D.C., actually, recruiting and I heard news the job was open. It interested me with the location in the city, more draw, it’s a great school. It’s in a very good athletic conference which is something that interested me as well. So I thought I would send in my résumé and see what happened.”

Case Western Reserve plays in the University Athletic Association, a eight-team conference that includes Brandies University, Carnegie Mellon University, Emory University, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Rochester and Washington University in St. Louis. Washington University played for the Division III championship this past season, falling to DePauw University, 55-52.

Reimer takes over for Freeman Blade, who was named interim head coach at CWR on July 24. Case Western finished last season at 9-16 overall and 1-13 in the UAA.

Assistant coach Kate Costanzo, meanwhile, has been named acting head coach at Allegheny until a replacement is found. Mitchell said Costanzo will take the helm “with all my confidence while we prepare for a national search for the next head coach.”

A time table was not released. In the meantime, the Lady Gators will continue under Costanzo.

“They’re looking forward to a great season,” Reimer said of the 2007-08 edition of the Lady Gators. “They’re going to be great.”

“Thank you to everyone at Allegheny,” she added. “It was an amazing experience.”

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