PALATINE HILL -- In a move that will return her closer to family in the midwest, Lewis & Clark head coach Pamela Findlay has resigned from her position to accept the head coaching job at Macalester in St. Paul, Minn.
Lewis & Clark Director of Physical Education and Athletics Shana Levine announced the move on Monday.
Findlay joined the Pioneers at the start of the 2016-17 academic year and led the nation's biggest year-over-year turnaround in all of NCAA Division III, improving the Pios from a three-win team in 2015-16 to a 16-win total in her first season.
"Lewis & Clark will always hold a very special place in my heart," said Findlay, who leaves with a 30-22 record. "I've had an extremely fun and fulfilling two years here. I'm so grateful for Shana Levine's leadership and for the opportunity to be a part of such a strong athletic department.
"Coach [Kristina] Williams and I set out to build a family atmosphere and culture based on teamwork and support. I think we did just that." Williams is a former Lewis & Clark All-American who has been the team's primary assistant coach the last two seasons.
"Pamela's two seasons leading our women's basketball team has reset the program to have tremendous success for the foreseeable future," said Levine. "We are grateful for Pamela's contributions and look forward to continuing on the trajectory of success she has established."
Lewis & Clark qualified for the Northwest Conference tournament in both years under Findlay. Since 1993, the Pioneers have the third-most outright NWC titles in the nine-team conference, the last coming in 2013. Lewis & Clark has also had four conference players of the year during the span, the second-most in the league. Findlay coached one All-American, Ayisat Afolabi, in 2016-17. Afolabi was selected as Lewis & Clark's Lois Smithwick Female Athlete of the Year winner in 2017. Miyah Leith earned the honor this year.
"I am proud of the Pioneers I coached as basketball players, but even more as people," said Findlay. "They amaze me with their work ethic, passion and drive. I'm excited to see what they accomplish in the years ahead at Lewis & Clark and beyond."
Findlay replaces Kelly Roysland who left Macalester to join the coaching staff at Minnesota, her alma mater. Macalester had an 8-17 record last season.