Sad news from the Missouri program: Willie Cox, the team’s director of recruiting and assistant coach, has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
It is with heavy hearts to share the news of Coach Willie Cox’s passing.
He was an incredible man who impacted many lives and will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cox family. pic.twitter.com/vPJxky16JE
— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) June 7, 2019
Not yet official, as it needs to be approved by the school’s board of regents, but Arizona head coach Adia Barnes is set to receive a three-year contract extension, through the 2023-24 season, with her annual base salary jumping from $235,000 to $400,000.
Under the new contract, Barnes will be paid $400,000 plus academic and athletic incentives of up to $285,000 each year through 2023-24. Her current contract pays $235,000 per year, the lowest salary among Pac-12 women’s head coaches. It’s set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Niagara head coach Jada Pierce has received a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.
Niagara University Director of Athletics Simon Gray has announced today that women’s basketball head coach Jada Pierce’s contract has been extended through the 2022-23 season.
“Jada has established herself as a leader in our department and on our campus in her first four years at Niagara,” said Gray. “While I certainly appreciate the competitiveness on the court, I strongly value the type of student-athlete that she brings into her program. Jada and her staff have comprised their roster of students with high character, an academic focus and a drive to win.”
Dan Chapla has resigned as William Woods (NAIA) head coach to become associate head coach at Western Illinois.
Dan Chapla has resigned as William Woods University head women’s basketball coach, effective June 14.
“We are certainly disappointed to lose a coach of Dan’s caliber, but I am very excited for him,” stated Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jason Vittone. “This is a great opportunity for him and I wish him the best.”
Chaplais leaving to become the associate head women’s basketball coach at NCAA Division I Western Illinois University.
Kaylin Rice has been promoted to assistant coach at Baylor (replacing Toyelle Wilson, now on the Michigan staff), while Jeremy Heffner was named director of athletic performance for women’s basketball.
Baylor head women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey announced the promotion of Kaylin Rice to assistant coach and the return of Jeremy Heffner as director of athletic performance for women’s basketball, Wednesday.
Rice served the past two seasons as the assistant director of basketball operations, and prior to that, she was a graduate assistant for two seasons and an undergraduate student manager for four. A local native, Rice played basketball three years at Midway High School before joining the Lady Bears staff.
New Utah Valley head coach Dan Nielson has announced his three assistant coaches: Ashley Garfield, Morgan Bailey, and Keilani Unga.
New Utah Valley University women’s basketball head coach Dan Nielson has announced his coaching staff and it includes three assistants who all have local playing and coaching ties.
Ashley Garfield, Morgan Bailey and Keilani Unga have joined the Wolverines as assistants for Nielson’s first staff as the program’s new head coach. The three were all teammates at Brigham Young University.
“Having had the opportunity to coach and work with each of these women, I know firsthand how bright each of their futures are,” Nielson said. “They all know what it takes to be successful at this level and our student-athletes will thrive under their direction. I honestly cannot wait to get our team back on campus and being working towards a WAC Championship.”
Justin Maass has been promoted to assistant coach at Morehead State.
After serving in a graduate assistant role for one season, the Morehead State women’s basketball program has promoted Justin Maass to assistant coach.
He helped the Eagles to a second-place OVC finish in 2018-19 as well as 24 wins and a berth (and victory) in the postseason WNIT.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my role as an assistant coach on Coach (Greg) Todd’s staff,” he said. “I am excited to work with our players both on and off the floor in a manner that continues Morehead State’s winning tradition. I am proud to continue to be an Eagle.”
Northwestern State has announced two staff promotions: Aaron Swinson will now serve as associate head coach, while assistant coach Nicole Mitchell takes on the additional duties of recruiting coordinator.
Aaron Swinson and Nicole Mitchell will find themselves one seat closer to midcourt when the Northwestern State women’s basketball team tips off the 2019-20 season.
Head coach Jordan Dupuy announced promotions Wednesday for both Swinson and Mitchell, who joined the Lady Demons staff prior to the 2018-19 season. Swinson has been elevated to associate head coach while Mitchell adds recruiting coordinator duties to her assistant coaching spot.