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Raegan Pebley (pronounced Pee-blee) enters her second season as head coach of the Bulldogs. She was hired on April 7, 2012 as the ninth head coach in Fresno State history.
In her first season in the Valley, Pebley guided the Bulldogs to a 24-9 overall record and 13-3 mark in the Mountain West. Her 24 wins tied the school record for the most ever by a first-year head coach and she led the Bulldogs to the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship title, securing the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. With that, Pebley was able to extend the school's consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance streak to six-straight seasons.
Pebley's first Fresno State squad sported one of the best defensive units in not only the Mountain West, but the entire country. The Bulldogs ranked No. 3 in the NCAA in steals with 12.9 per game, doing so while only fouling 12.1 times per game to rank No. 7 nationally for the fewest fouls committed per game. No other NCAA team ranked in the top 20 in both steals per game and fewest fouls.
The 'Dogs also ranked 10th nationally with a turnover margin of 5.64 and sported an offensive unit that averaged 68.2 points per game. Fresno State ranked 20th nationally by sinking 7.5 made 3-pointers per game in 2012-13.
In Pebley's system, guard Ki-Ki Moore drew a number of accolades. She was named a Mid-Major First-Team All-American by Fullcourt.com, selected to the All-Mountain West first-team and named the MW Defensive Player of the Year.
Guard Rosie Moult, who ranked 13th nationally with 3.04 made 3-pointers per game, was a second-team All-MW selection and was named to the league's All-Defensive team along with Moore.
Pebley came to Fresno State after nine seasons at Utah State, where she compiled an overall record of 110-155.
Pebley was hired on May 1, 2002 as the coach to take over the Utah State program that reinstated women's basketball in 2003. She built the Aggies from the ground up to a team made two WNIT appearances in her last two seasons at the school and finished second in the WAC in 2011-12, right behind the Bulldog program she took over in 2012-13.
The WNIT appearance in the 2010-11 season was the Aggies' first in school history. Then in 2011-12, Utah State won a program record 21 games under Pebley, which was the first time Utah State surpassed the 20-win plateau.
For her success building the Aggies program, Pebley was named the 2012 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Region 7 Coach of the Year and was also named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011.
Under her direction at Utah State, 12 Aggies received All-Conference recognition, including Danyelle Snelgro who in 2009 became the first Utah State player to earn first-team All-WAC honors. Snelgro is now an assistant coach under Pebley at Fresno State.
In 2011, Ashlee Brown became the second player to earn first-team all-WAC honors and was the first Aggie named WAC Newcomer of the Year. Brown went on to be named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year during her senior campaign.
Coaching is not only in Pebley's blood, but she comes from a highly acclaimed coaching lineage.
Before taking over the Utah State program, Pebley was an assistant coach at George Mason from 1997-99 under Jim Lewis and Debbie Taneyhill and at Colorado State from 1999-01 under Tom Collen.
At CSU, Collen, Pebley and the Rams went 48-17 in her two seasons with the team reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and the semifinals of the WNIT in 2000. Collen is now the head coach at Arkansas and like Pebley, was one of eight finalists for the 2012 WBCA National Coach of the Year award.
Coaching has also been in her family as her father, Ray Scott, has coached women's basketball for more than 30 years at almost every level of women's basketball. He got his start in the late 70's and early 80's with the Dallas Diamonds and New Orleans Pride of the old ABL.
Pebley played two seasons in the WNBA after being drafted 21st overall in the third round by the Cleveland Rockers in 1997. She spent the 1997 season with the Utah Starzz and 1998 with the Rockers.
A graduate of the University of Colorado, Pebley led the Buffs to a 106-24 overall record in her career, four conference championships and she was selected All-Conference twice. CU made two Sweet 16's during her career and in her freshman season, made it to the Elite 8 by winning a school record 30 games (30-3 overall). Colorado had won 25-straight games that season and finished the year ranked No. 5.
Pebley, whose maiden name is Scott, is one of nine players in CU history to score over 1,000 career points (1,045) and collect over 700 rebounds (701). She played under legendary head coach Ceal Barry at Colorado, who in 2004 became the 24th coach ever in women's NCAA history to reach 500 career wins.
Pebley and her husband, Keith, have one son, Joseph (9), and one daughter, Harper (6).