Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

St. Bonaventure assistant coach Jennifer Pruett has been named head coach at D-II Saginaw Valley State.


Buffalo athletic director Mark Alnutt confirms that head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is considering other opportunities. According to the article, she was expected to have a second interview with Georgia Tech during the Final Four weekend.

Alnutt said an offer is on the table for Legette-Jack, but he did not disclose whether it would be a pay raise, an extension or both.

“Something’s out there,” Alnutt said. “I put my best foot forward out there, with her, but I also understand there’s some other opportunities she’s looking at. When it’s all said and done, that’s out there, and we’ll move forward with whatever she wants to do.”


Kellie Harper, Wes Moore, and Kara Lawson mentioned as being in the mix for the Tennessee job:


Appalachian State head coach Angel Elderkin has agreed to a four-year contract extension running through the 2022-23 season.

“I want to thank the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Everts and Doug Gillin for their confidence in me and our program,” Elderkin said. “It’s truly an honor to be the head women’s basketball coach at Appalachian State. I’m excited about the future of this University and the team. This is a reflection of the commitment and hard work from an incredible group of student-athletes as well as the most dedicated coaching staff a head coach could ever hope for.”

Elderkin, who just finished her fifth season in the High Country, led the Mountaineers to their most successful season in recent history with a 22-win season. Appalachian is fresh off its second WBI championship after defeating North Texas 76-59 on Wednesday in front of a Holmes Center record 1,823 fans, setting the mark for a women’s basketball home game. The 17-point triumph was the largest margin of victory for a WBI champion.


New article on North Carolina: Parents, players offer contrasting accounts of UNC women’s basketball coach Hatchell

Reached by phone on Friday and Saturday, several parents of players who either transferred or dealt with injuries during their time at UNC said they had no problem with the way Hatchell and her staff treated their daughters. Several others either didn’t return messages or refused comment.

One parent of a former player told The News & Observer via text message about a complaint he made against Hatchell in 2016.

And another, a parent of a current player, said in a phone interview on Friday that Hatchell, 67, is “just from another era,” and that “I don’t think that she’s kept up” with advancements in medical treatment of sports injuries. The parents did not want to be identified, fearing retribution against their daughters.


Regarding the Tennessee coaching search:


Cleve Wright is returning to D-II Gannon University for a second stint as their head coach (the first one was from 2002 to 2013). He had a four-year run at Miami (OH) as their head coach before spending the last two years as an assistant on Matt Bollant’s staff at Eastern Illinois.

“Whenever you take a job, you are fully into that job. I was fully into Miami and Eastern Illinois, but we never stopped loving Gannon,” Wright said. “You have to be passionate about where you are at, because if you aren’t, you won’t do a good job. I can’t say I didn’t occasionally have a dream about Gannon. Who wouldn’t when you think about the Hammermill Center and the feeling of the floor shake below your feet yelling ‘defense’ like in 2010. Those are moments I’ll never forget.”


This article notes the buyout due former Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick. The amount was mentioned in her termination letter.

Holly Warlick is due a buyout of $704,786 after Tennessee fired her as its women’s basketball coach on March 27, adding to the seven-figure 2019 buyout tab for the athletic department.


Melanie Moore has been named the new head coach at Xavier. She spent the last seven seasons on the Michigan staff, most recently serving as associate head coach. She was responsible for coaching the team’s post players, including Hallie Thome and Naz Hillmon.

Moore becomes the eighth coach in program history. Xavier will hold a introductory press conference on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in the media room at Cintas Center.

“We couldn’t be happier to announce Melanie as our next women’s basketball coach,” said Christopher. “After talking with Melanie over the last week and hearing her vision to move our program forward, it became clear that she would be a perfect fit at Xavier.

“Melanie brings a great blend of experience to Xavier. She was an accomplished collegiate player who played professionally. And in 17 years of coaching, Melanie’s been a part of rebuilding programs and high-level success.”


Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is reportedly interviewing for the Georgia Tech job with their AD and associate AD.

Legette-Jack was to meet also with Tech associate athletic director Joeleen Akin. The interview was believed to be in Tampa, Fla., site of the women’s Final Four.

Also, this article runs through six “logical possibilities” for the Tech opening, listing, among others, Legette-Jack, Megan Duffy, and Courtney Banghart.



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