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Lute Olson's ex-wife Toretti nominated as ambassador to Malta

Posted at 12:42 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 20:29:26-04

Christine Toretti, who was married to former Arizona Wildcats basketball coach Lute Olson for five years, was nominated as ambassador to Malta.

According to the White House, Toretti won the nomination for her work as a businesswoman, philanthropist and civic leader.

Toretti was married to Olson from 2003 to 2008, when they divorced while in a public feud. Olson retired as coach in 2008.

Olson was married to Bobbi Olson for 47 years until her death in 2001. The McKale Center court is named after the couple.

He married Kelly Pugnea in 2010.

Here is Toretti's White House bio:

Ms. Toretti is an accomplished businesswoman, philanthropist and civic leader.  She was President and CEO of the S.W. Jack Drilling Company for over two decades.  She has served as vice chair of the Rural Telephone Bank, U.S. Department of Agriculture, as a member of the National Petroleum Council, and on the advisory board for the U.S. Secretary of Energy.  Ms. Toretti was also a director of the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  Ms. Toretti has been Republican National Committeewoman from Pennsylvania since 1997 and founded the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series, to educate, empower and advance women in politics.  She received her B.S. from the University of Virginia.