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A FIRST: PITINO PICKS WOMAN AS ASSISTANT COACH

Kentucky made college sports history Wednesday by naming Bernadette Locke as an assistant on its men's basketball coaching staff.

Locke, formerly an assistant women's coach at Georgia, is the first female ever on a men's Division I coaching staff."I don't want to be a big deal," Locke said. "I'm just one of the other coaches, and I don't want to be treated any more or less.

"I'm a coach. I don't want them to see me just as the lady."

Locke was a guard on Georgia's women's team in 1981.

Kentucky Coach Rick Pitino said Locke's job will be the same as other assistant coaches on the squad - on-court coaching, scouting and recruiting. Her special assignment will be in the team's career-placement program.

Pitino said he decided to hire Locke after Ralph Willard resigned to take the coaching job at Western Kentucky.