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New UMBC women’s basketball coach Johnetta Hayes aims to build relationships, 'hit the restart button'

New UMBC women’s basketball coach Johnetta Hayes aims to build relationships, 'hit the restart button'

In her debut as the women’s basketball coach at Texas Southern in 2013-14, Johnetta Hayes guided the Lady Tigers to their first of two 20-win seasons during her six-year tenure and a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Hardly anyone at UMBC is expecting Hayes to transform its program into an instant powerhouse, and after she was introduced Monday by athletic director Tim Hall as the Retrievers’ ninth head coach, Hayes acknowledged that both she and the players will have to work on connecting with one another.

“That was just those young ladies buying in,” she said of her rookie season as head coach. “The transition will be different. We just want to take it...

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