WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Assistant coach Lisa McDonald leaving program

McDonald was interim head coach following former coach Tracy Roller's illness in 2007-08 season

Ball State University associate head coach Lisa McDonald has chosen to leave the women's basketball program, according to a press release Friday morning from the Ball State athletics department.

The release says McDonald is pursuing other career opportunities in her Flagstaff, Ariz., home.

"I've been blessed with so many awesome experiences and opportunities," McDonald said in the release. "Through much prayer and consideration I have evaluated my priorities decided that the next step in my journey will be to take advantage of the opportunity I have to spend precious time with my family."

McDonald was a member of the Ball State staff for nine seasons, including the 2007-08 season when she took over the program as interim head coach following then-coach Tracy Roller's departure due to illness.

McDonald was a primary candidate for the head coach position the following season and decided to stay on the staff when current coach Kelly Packard was hired.

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