Former Utah basketball player Lana Sitterud, who spent the last two seasons as the Utes' director of operations and a graduate assistant, has accepted a position as a U. assistant coach, with a primary focus on recruiting.

"Lana is a bright, young star in the coaching ranks right now," said head coach Elaine Elliott. "I'm glad she's remaining in the fold as an assistant on our staff."

Sitterud spent the last two seasons on the Utah staff, handling all of the team's travel in addition to on-floor coaching duties. She replaces Carolyn DeHoff who accepted a head coaching job at North Dakota State last month. Sitterud was a Deseret News Ms. Basketball selection her junior year at Lone Peak High School and was a four-year player for the Utes from 2001-2005, serving as a team captain for three seasons. She played in 123 games during her Utah career, making 46 starts. For her career, she averaged 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds a game.

As a senior in 2004-05, Sitterud was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a third-team All-MWC honoree, averaging 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds that season.

A strong 3-point shooter who shot 40 percent behind the arc her final season, Sitterud tied a Jon M. Huntsman Center record with seven 3s made in a 2004 game against TCU.