Mansfield University head women's basketball coach Ruth Hermansen has accepted the position of Associate Director for Student Life - Student Retention with the university.

Assistant coach Alison Tagliaferri has been named interim head women's basketball coach.

The announcements were made today by Mansfield University Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. James Parker.

"Coach Hermansen has been a mentor for hundreds of college students and we look forward to her continuing to impact the university in positive ways," said Parker.

"The University is confident that Interim Coach Tagliaferri, along with our returning players and six incoming recruits, will be steadfast in their dedication and preparation for the upcoming season. We will shortly embark on a national search to seek and identify the very best possible candidate to lead our women's basketball program."

Hermansen has served as head coach of the Mountaineers since the 1999-2000 season, compiling a 113-233 mark over that 13 year span. She directed Mansfield to the program's first two PSAC playoff berths in 2006 and 2007.

Last season, Mansfield posted a 10-16 mark.

"I am very proud to have had student-athletes and a staff that represented Mansfield University extremely well for over a decade - whether it be on or off of the court, in the classroom, or in the community," explained Hermansen.

"It has been a pleasure to have worked with student-athletes and colleagues in the athletic department. Now I am looking forward to working with the overall Mansfield University student-population via Student Affairs."

In her new position as Associate Director for Student Life - Student Retention, Hermansen will be responsible for developing a program where faculty and staff will mentor first-year students, implement the Map-Works software program, serve as the SEVIS administrator, work with various campus and community partners to provide a comprehensive retention program for International Students, work with Sport Clubs, and assist the AVP/Dean of Students on various retention projects and programs.

Tagliaferri was a four-year 1st Team All-PSAC East selection at Mansfield and is the Mountaineers all-time leading scorer with 1,795 points. The 2006 PSAC East Player of the Year, Tagliaferri played professional basketball in Portugal after graduation.

She later became the head coach at Pennsylvania College of Technology from 2007-10 where she guided the Wildcats to three PSUAC Elite Eight playoff appearances. During her three seasons at Penn Tech, she posted a 43-34 overall record and 35-17 conference mark.

Tagliaferri also served as an assistant coach at Eastern University and West Chester University.