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Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019


Ohio State associate head coach Patrick Klein has resigned. The university “is investigating allegations of violations of NCAA rules and university policy within the women’s basketball program.”

Ohio State Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach Patrick Klein has resigned in a letter to the university.

The Department of Athletics released the following statement:

“Ohio State is investigating allegations of violations of NCAA rules and university policy within the women’s basketball program. The university has notified the NCAA. On Friday, July 26, Klein was placed on administrative leave while the university investigates. Ohio State is working diligently to conclude its review of this matter.”

Klein’s resignation letter includes this:

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(8/2/2019)


Juanita Ward has joined the Jackson State coaching staff as an assistant coach. Most recently, Ward served as head coach at Hartfield Academy (Flowood, MS).

Jackson State women’s basketball coach Tomekia Reed announced today that Jackson native and former Syracuse and WNBA player Juanita Ward has joined the Tigers coaching staff.

“I’m beyond thrilled to join Jackson State University and the women’s basketball program,” Ward said. “I need to thank Coach Reed for allowing me to join her staff. I’m excited to get to work with such a talented team.”

Reed is excited to have Ward on board.

“We are fortunate to have Coach Ward on our staff,” added Reed. “Her background of playing high-level Division I basketball and in the WNBA will have a positive impact on our student-athletes. She’s student-athlete centered and a great teacher of the game.”

(8/2/2019)


Texas assistant coach Tiffany Jackson has stepped down “to pursue other opportunities outside of coaching.”

Tiffany Jackson announced Thursday she will step down from her position as Texas women’s basketball assistant coach to pursue other opportunities outside of coaching.

TIFFANY JACKSON
“The University of Texas has been such a big part of my life for many years. It was an honor to play for the Longhorns and I want to thank Karen Aston and the administration for the opportunity to have been an assistant coach at my alma mater. This past year was a dream come true and I was so blessed to work with such a great group of young women. My son Marley is and always has been my first priority. I am looking forward to spending more time with him and am excited about the opportunity to pursue some interests outside of coaching. I will be a Longhorn for life.”

TEXAS HEAD COACH KAREN ASTON
“I’ve known Tiffany Jackson since I recruited her in high school. She is a Longhorn Legend and has always represented our program in a first-class manner. Her story of perseverance through many struggles in her life has inspired not only me but countless other people as well. I appreciate her serving her alma mater as an assistant coach the past year. She has been a great role model for our players. Tiffany and her son Marley will always be part of the Texas Family and we wish them all the very best in their next chapter of life.”

(8/1/2019)


Youngstown State head coach John Barnes has signed a contract extension running through the 2022-23 season, with a university option for 2023-24. His previous contract ran through 2019-20, so this is either or three- or four-year extension, depending on how one views the option year.

Following a fourth postseason appearance in six years, Youngstown State head women’s basketball coach John Barnes has signed a contract extension that will cover the next five seasons.

Barnes has coached the Penguins to 104 victories and two appearances each in the Women’s NIT and the Women’s Basketball Invitational over his first six seasons. His extension includes the 2019-20 through 2022-23 seasons plus a university option for the 2023-24 season.

“I want to thank President Tressel, Athletics Director Ron Strollo and Assistant Athletics Director Elaine Jacobs for being extremely supportive of the women’s basketball program and myself,” Barnes said. “They will do anything they can to help us continue to succeed on the court and in the classroom. I’m also very thankful for my staff and players over the years who have worked very hard to help the program grow into one that can compete year in and year out on the national level. It is a privilege to coach at Youngstown State, and the extended contract is great motivation to continue to work as hard as we can to bring a championship to YSU.”

(8/1/2019)


New Pepperdine coach Kristen Dowling announces the hiring of Anthony Mason as an assistant coach.

Pepperdine women’s basketball head coach Kristen Dowling has made the first addition to her staff, as she announced the hiring of Anthony Mason as an assistant coach on Wednesday.

“I am extremely excited to bring Anthony on board,” said Dowling. “I have known him for over 20 years, and he is a perfect fit for Pepperdine women’s basketball. He is a man of integrity and great character and cares deeply for his athletes. Anthony truly fits the mission statement of Pepperdine and will serve its community well. On the basketball side, he has an extremely high basketball IQ and is a great defensive mind. I truly think that he will be a catalyst for the success of the team.”

(7/31/2019)


Todd Schaefer has been promoted to associate head coach on the Arkansas staff.

Arkansas Women’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Neighbors continues to retool his staff, announcing the promotion of Todd Schaefer to Associate Head Coach on July 30, 2019.

“Today’s announcement is simply a public recognition of what everyone in and around our program has known for the last three years,” Coach Neighbors said. “None of our success would have been possible without Todd Schaefer being with us. Coach Todd has helped shape our identity on the court and has reinforced our culture off of it. He has had a major impact on every aspect of our program.

The title Associate Head Coach implies various things from program to program, but in ours, it displays the highest level of trust and talent. It is evidence that he has earned the confidence of coaches and players alike. The title here has been earned and is well deserved. He has been, and will continue to be, a highly sought-after head coach. We are thankful he, Lisa, Landon, Will, and Jake have made Northwest Arkansas their home to help us build pride around our women’s basketball program. Todd and I have successfully busted the myth that you can’t hire friends in this profession. After being friends for 17 years before working together, we continue to challenge each other daily to make sure we are getting it right, rather than focusing on who is right.”

(7/30/2019)


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