Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Iowa‘s successful 2018-19 season resulted in bonuses, an increase in base pay, and a two-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season for head coach Lisa Bluder.

Meanwhile, women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder topped $1 million in total pay after a wildly successful season for the Megan Gustafson-led Hawkeyes.

The 19th-year Iowa coach collected $260,000 in performance bonuses, the final $25,000 coming into the fold with Saturday’s announcement that she was the Naismith National Coach of the Year. Iowa’s Big Ten Conference tournament win plus an NCAA Tournament berth each triggered a one-year contract rollover; a two-year extension that takes her deal through the 2024-25 season.

“I view (Bluder) very similar to the way I view Kirk in terms of longevity,” Barta said. “She doesn’t technically have a lifetime contract, but I anticipate — and I hope it works out — that she’ll end up retiring at Iowa.”

Additionally, Iowa’s run to the Elite Eight was worth a 15% raise for Bluder — elevating her base pay to $653,531 next season, an $85,243 increase.


Megan Duffy has been named the new Marquette head coach. She spent the last two seasons as Miami (Ohio) head coach, compiling an overall record of 44-20, and was an assistant coach at Michigan before that.

Duffy, who becomes the program’s sixth head coach and has signed a six-year contract with the University, will officially be introduced to the campus and Milwaukee community at 3:15 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 10 in the Alumni Memorial Union (Room 157).

“Megan is a tremendous fit with the Marquette family and the University’s values,” Scholl said. “I have watched her career ascend for several years and have seen her achieve tremendous success at the highest levels as a player and coach. She coaches for the right reasons, utilizing basketball to help develop the women in her program and position them for success, both on and off the court. I am looking forward to working with her as we continue the great momentum we have established in women’s basketball.”


Valdosta State head coach Carley Kuhns will reportedly be hired as the new head coach at Samford.

Valdosta State women’s basketball coach Carly Kuhns appears to be leaving her alma mater to become the head coach at Samford University, sources confirmed to the Valdosta Daily Times.


Brooks Williams has been named the new head coach at Louisiana–Monroe. She spent nine years as McNeese State head coach and the last three seasons as an Alabama assistant coach.

Brooks Williams, the all-time winningest head coach in McNeese State University history who spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama, has been named head women’s basketball coach at ULM, according to an announcement made Tuesday, April 9 by Interim Athletics Director Scott McDonald. Williams’ hiring is pending approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.


Tennessee officially announced Kellie Harper as their new head coach. She agreed to a five-year contract with $750,000 per year in annual compensation.

University of Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer announced Tuesday that 1999 UT graduate and women’s basketball standout Kellie (Jolly) Harper has been chosen as the new head coach of the Lady Volunteers. She will be formally introduced at a press conference on campus Wednesday.

The university and Harper have agreed to a five-year contract with annual compensation of $750,000 per year.

“I’m excited to have Kellie as our new women’s basketball coach,” Fulmer said. “She is a Lady Vol through and through. Her love of the game, her care and love for her players, and her loyalty to UT all came through during the interview process.

“Kellie has proven to be a winner at every stop in her career, taking three programs to the NCAA Tournament. She certainly knows the expectations that come with this job, as she has lived it herself.”


Alisa Kresge has had the “interim” tag removed from her title. She has agreed to a four-year deal as Vermont head coach.

The University of Vermont is moving forward with Alisa Kresge.

The interim head women’s basketball coach of the Catamounts for the last year, Kresge has agreed to a four-year deal worth $150,000 annually. The contract, which will begin July 1, is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.


The Springfield News-Leader has posted a rundown of possible candidates to succeed Kellie Harper as Missouri State head coach, including Molly Miller (Drury head coach), Jackie Stiles (Missouri State assistant coach), and Jennifer Sullivan (Ohio State assistant coach).

Why not go to a familiar name who was responsible for bringing most of this young Lady Bears roster to Springfield?

Sullivan was an assistant coach at Missouri State under Harper before she left to take an assistant job at Ohio State. She served as the Lady Bears’ recruiting coordinator and already has relationships with most of the players on the roster.


Nell Fortner has been named the new head coach at Georgia Tech. Her coaching resume includes stops at Purdue and Auburn, as well as in the WNBA, and she’s also coached the U.S. national team.

One of the most successful coaches in women’s basketball history, Fortner has compiled a 305-187 (.620) record as a head coach at the collegiate, professional and international levels. She has led teams to Big Ten (Purdue – 1997) and Southeastern Conference (Auburn – 2009) championships and, perhaps most notably, coached the United States national team to three international titles from 1997-2000, including the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.


In-depth article from the Cincinnati Enquirer on former players’ sharply differing viewpoints on Northern Kentucky head coach Camryn Whitaker.

Former players paint two completely different pictures of coach Camryn Whitaker, whose Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball program is under review after abuse allegations.


Missouri State head coach Kellie Harper reportedly hired as the new Tennessee head coach.

According to a source close to the process, former Tennessee Lady Volunteer and current Missouri State head coach Kellie Harper has been hired as the women’s basketball coach at her alma mater.

The source said the two sides are working toward an official announcement as well as the introductory news conference.



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