"I am extremely honored and humbled to be chosen to lead the Loyola University Chicago women's basketball program," Swoopes said in a statement. "Loyola is a special place and I immediately felt welcome here. Having played for some of the game's best coaches as well as with and against some of the most talented players in women's basketball history, I have broadened my knowledge and hope to use those experiences to bring championships to Rogers Park. There is a lot of talent already in place and I cannot wait to get into the gym and get started."
Swoopes, in 2011, announced she was engaged to a man, an announcement that surprised some as she had come out in 2005 and was in a lesbian relationship with then-partner Alisa Scott. Swoopes was married from 1995-1999 and has a son. In 2008, Swoopes appeared on Shirts & Skins, a reality TV show, and she mentored the San Francisco Rockdogs, a gay basketball team.
When Swoopes made her 2005 announcement, she caused some controversy by saying, "Do I think I was born this way? No, and that’s probably confusing to some, because I know a lot of people believe that you are." Swoopes also claimed at the time that her 1999 divorce "wasn’t because I’m gay."
Swoopes will be tasked with trying to reinvigorate Loyola's struggling women's program. "The Ramblers only finished higher than fifth in the Horizon League once under former coach Eric Simpson, who resigned after leading them to a 57-66 record in four seasons," adds ESPN.
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