Arizona State women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne asked for an unpaid, voluntary leave of absence for the 2011-12 season that will be for a nine-month period beginning July 1.
Turner Thorne will return to the Sun Devil program as coach in March 2012. She has led ASU for the past 15 seasons, a mark for longevity matched or topped by only three Pac-10 women's basketball coaches in the Pac-10's history of hosting women's championships (1986 to 2011).
Current assistant Joseph Anders will be the interim head coach for the 2011-12 season. A coaching veteran of more than 25 years, Anders just completed his 10th season on Turner Thorne's staff.
Turner Thorne is third in Pac-10 history with 289 career wins and has led the Sun Devil program to six NCAA Tournaments in the past seven seasons.