Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette assistant women's basketball coach Sallie Guillory works with the team during practice last month in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — After playing a big role in leading the UL-Lafayette women’s basketball team to the Women’s Basketball Invitational championship, associate head coach Sallie Guillory will soon leave to pursue a new career, the school announced Thursday.

Guillory’s last day will come on April 30, as she is set to join Our Savior Church in Lafayette.

The Cajuns will immediately begin a “national search” for Guillory’s replacement, according to a news release.

“Sallie has decided to take a position where she will continue to work with athletic programs on the high school and collegiate levels,” head coach Garry Brodhead said. “This opportunity will allow her to follow a dream that she has had for some time now.”

Guillory served as the head coach for several road games this season as Brodhead remained in Lafayette to deal with a personal matter.

As the team’s de facto defensive coordinator, she played a large role in the team’s success, as it limited opponents to just 58.6 points per game.

The Cajuns finished fifth nationally in turnover margin last season.

“I have loved every minute of my time here at UL,” Guillory said. “I am so appreciative of Coach Brodhead and Andrea (Brodhead) for all of the opportunities they have given me over the last 13 years of coaching. Most importantly, I am thankful for our friendship and their belief in me.”

Guillory and Brodhead spent more than a decade working with each other, starting at Teurlings Catholic in the early 2000s, where Guillory was an assistant under Brodhead.

She took over after Brodhead left to take the McNeese State job in 2007, where she was named the district 5-4A coach of the year twice.