FORT MYERS, Fla. - After helping guide the FGCU women’s basketball team to a 24-7 overall record and the program’s third consecutive postseason WNIT appearance as assistant coach, Bob Boldon has resigned and accepted the head coaching position at Youngstown State University of the Horizon League. He will be the sixth head coach in the program’s history.
“Youngstown State made a great hire,” said FGCU women’s basketball head coach Karl Smesko. “Bob did a great job here as he did when he worked for me at previous institutions. I have been fortunate to have a couple of very good assistants in my time at FGCU. Bob will turn around the Youngstown program quickly.”
YSU went a combined 3-57 over the past two seasons. The Penguins were 3-27 in 2008-09 and 0-30 in 2009-10. Brandi Brown and Bojana Dimitrov were the team’s two leading scorers last season. Brown was runner-up for the Horizon League Newcomer-of-the-Year award, and had one of the best freshman seasons in school history.
Boldon came to FGCU following a one-year head coaching stint at Lambuth University. At Lambuth, Boldon’s Lady Eagles won 29 games and finished as the NAIA national runner-up losing to Union 73-63 in the national title game. The team’s 29 wins and the 29-6 record was the best in school history. Lambuth won the A.I.I. Conference and won 19 of their last 21 games. The team finished the regular season ranked # 3 in the nation, and were a # 1 seed in the national tournament for the first time in school history.
Before his coaching stint at Lambuth, Boldon spent two seasons at Arkansas-Monticello, where he compiled a 30-27 (.526) overall record (17-15 Gulf South Conference). Highlights of his tenure include the program making consecutive appearances in the GSC tournament and posting its first victory in the league championship event since 1998. In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, Boldon served as the school’s assistant athletic director for compliance during the 2005-06 year.
Prior to coaching at Monticello, Boldon was an assistant at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for two seasons, holding the title of associate head coach in his last year.
Before becoming part of the Islanders staff, Boldon was an assistant at Gannon University in Erie, Pa, for the 2001-02 season. Prior to his stint at Gannon, Boldon served as an assistant under Coach Smesko at IPFW for two seasons (1999-2000 through 2000-01) where he helped the Mastodons make a 19-game improvement.