One week away from opening practice, the LSU women’s basketball program finds itself in the market for an assistant coach.

Angel Elderkin is leaving LSU to accept the women’s head coaching position at Appalachian State, both schools announced Wednesday.

Elderkin joined Nikki Caldwell-Fargas’ first LSU staff as director of video operations during the 2011-12 season, left for a year to serve as an assistant at St. John’s, then returned to LSU as a full assistant coach for the 2013-14 season.

“The LSU women’s basketball family is extremely proud of Angel as she prepares for the next step in her coaching career,” Caldwell-Fargas said in a university news release.

“Angel is going to be a great head coach for Appalachian State, and we will definitely miss her at LSU. She possesses the leadership qualities that are necessary to run a successful program.”

Elderkin, 37, replaces Darcie Vincent, who resigned unexpectedly at Appalachian State in early September.

Elderkin’s departure leaves Caldwell-Fargas with a hole to fill on her staff with practice beginning next Wednesday.

Team spokesman Matt Dunaway said Caldwell-Fargas is expected to move to fill the position as quickly as possible, but that there are no immediate plans to name a replacement.

A native of East Providence, Rhode Island, Elderkin served as an assistant at East Tennessee State, Siena, Tennessee and Virginia before joining Caldwell-Fargas at LSU.

The Lady Tigers start their fourth season under Caldwell-Fargas with a Nov. 5 exhibition game against Loyola of New Orleans, and open the regular season Nov. 14 against Arkansas-Little Rock.

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