Chonko resigns as Cowgirls' coach

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Melanie Chonko
Melanie Chonko played for Hardin-Simmons and was an assistant coach before her promotion.
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Hardin-Simmons' head women's basketball coach Melanie Chonko has resigned her position effective immediately. Chonko recently completed her fifth season at the helm of her alma mater and she posted a career record of 44-83. HSU was 6-20 this season.

She led the Cowgirls to the American Southwest Conference tournament in three of her five years, including this past season when the Cowgirls advanced by beating crosstown rival McMurry on the final day of the regular season.

In her career, she coached two first team, four second team, two third team and six honorable mention all-ASC selections. She has also coached five all freshman-team selections and two all-defensive team selections.

Chonko was a big part of the success of Cowgirl basketball as a player from 1998-2001, as an assistant coach from 2004 to 2013, a span which included HSU's trip to the Final Four, and then as head coach. She was hired when Shanna Briggs stepped down following the 2012-13 season.

She was part of four conference titles at HSU and played in seven career NCAA Tournament games. She was also an academic all-ASC selection three times and was a CoSIDA academic all-American as a senior.