Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Some details on what North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell is being investigated for have emerged: allegations of making racially offensive remarks and trying “to force players to compete through serious injuries.”

Sylvia Hatchell, the University of North Carolina’s Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach and one of most revered figures in the sport, is under investigation over allegations that she made a series of racially offensive remarks — including one suggesting her players would get “hanged from trees with nooses” at an upcoming game if their performance didn’t improve — and that she tried to force players to compete through serious injuries, according to interviews with seven people with knowledge of the investigation, including six parents of current players.


There is no indication yet that she’s a candidate, but the author of this piece suggests South Dakota head coach—and Wisconsin native—Dawn Plitzuweit as someone who should at least be in the mix for the Marquette job. Her predecessor at South Dakota, Amy Williams, went on to became the head coach at Nebraska.

Plitzuweit is 240-108 with 11 winning seasons and 11 postseason berths in her 12 seasons as a head coach, including a Div. II national title.

She is a native of West Bend, Wis., just 40 miles outside of Milwaukee, where Marquette resides. She met her husband Jay in high school and they stayed together while she played basketball at Michigan Tech and he played at Wisconsin-Oshkosh (four hours away). Plitzuweit spent the first 17 years of her coaching career in Wisconsin and Michigan and the last seven at Northern Kentucky and USD.

Some of their families are still in Wisconsin.


Penn State hires Carolyn Kieger as their new head coach. She was the head coach at Marquette the last five seasons, compiling a 99-64 overall record and going 76-26 over the last three years.

Penn State and Vice President of Athletics Sandy Barbour have selected Carolyn Kieger as the sixth head coach of the women’s basketball program. Keiger (pronounced KEE-ger), a 2019 Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year Award semifinalist, guided Marquette University to the top of the Big East Conference and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances as the Golden Eagles’ head coach.

Kieger’s employment contract is subject to approval by the Committee on Compensation of the Penn State Board of Trustees. The committee is scheduled to meet late Thursday afternoon, April 4.

A public welcome celebration and introductory press conference are planned for Friday, April 12 at noon inside the Bryce Jordan Center Basketball practice facility. More details will be announced in the coming days.


Another note on Kellie Harper as a candidate for the Tennessee job: The state nepotism law in Tennessee wouldn’t prevent Harper from having her husband on her staff at UT, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

If Tennessee hires Harper for its Lady Vols vacancy, she could add her husband to her coaching staff despite a state nepotism law that prevents one spouse from directly supervising another. The state’s nepotism law, on the books since 1980, applies to higher education institutions.

To navigate within the law, her husband technically would report to someone else, such as an athletics department administrator.


Latest on the Tennessee coaching search:


Abilene Christian head coach Julie Goodenough has received a two-year contract extension, through the 2023-24 season.

ACU head women’s basketball coach Julie Goodenough, who just led the Wildcats to the greatest season in program history, has agreed to a contract extension that will keep her with the Wildcats through the 2023-24 season.

Terms of the contract will not be released, but the extension takes the place of the three years that Goodenough had remaining on her contract. Goodenough is the fifth-longest-tenured head coach on the ACU staff behind men’s tennis coach Hutton Jones (currently in his 23rd season), women’s soccer’s Casey Wilson (in his 12th season), softball’s Bobby Reeves (in his ninth season) and men’s basketball’s Joe Golding (just completed his eighth season).


Cal associate head coach Charmin Smith is leaving the program to became an assistant for the New York Liberty of the WNBA.

After 12 successful seasons on the sidelines in Berkeley, Charmin Smith is headed to the WNBA where she will serve as an assistant coach for the New York Liberty. Smith joined the Cal women’s basketball coaching staff in 2007 and has served as the program’s associate head coach since 2012.

“At its core, college basketball is about relationships,” Golden Bears’ head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “Cal basketball and I have been exceedingly fortunate to have Charmin so intricately involved in every facet of our program for the last twelve years. In the eight years that I have been here as head coach, Charmin has been my right hand, my left hand, and everything in between. I have entrusted her with just about everything, and in turn, she has shown talent, ability, and loyalty, and has been a part of all the success we have had. Charmin’s mark goes far beyond the box score, and she has made a lasting impact on the lives of so many student-athletes.”


Richmond hires Aaron Roussell as their new head coach. He had spent the previous seven years as Bucknell head coach.

“We are excited to welcome Aaron Roussell and his family to the University of Richmond and Spider athletics,” Hardt said. “While this was an extremely talented and deep candidate pool, in the final analysis, Aaron Roussell distinguished himself as the clear choice to lead the Spider women’s basketball program back to prominence. Aaron’s remarkable success at both Bucknell and the University of Chicago as a head coach leading teams to the NCAA Tournament at highly regarded academic institutions, has prepared him well to lead our program. We are looking forward to Coach Roussell’s leadership and the future success for our Spider women’s basketball program.”

Roussell (pronounced ruh-SELL) brings a 312-122 (.719) career coaching record to the Spiders, including a 102-30 (.773) mark over the past four years. He led Bucknell to six-straight winning seasons and four-straight years of 22 wins or more. The Bison’s 102 wins over the past four years are the most in a four-year span in the history of the Patriot League and they also posted a 64-8 (.889) league record in that period.


Maya Monroe, former Georgia Tech player and daughter of NBA great Earl Monroe, has become the latest player to come forward with allegations of mistreatment by former Tech coach MaChelle Joseph. Monroe issued a statement summarized as follows:

In a statement, Maya Monroe said that Joseph threw basketballs and clipboards at players and assistant coaches, once refused to let two team members board the bus after a game at Duke and left them at the arena and manipulated team members against one another. She said that after her parents contacted Joseph to express their concerns, Joseph told the entire team “how selfish a player I was due to the fact that my parents had contacted her.” Lastly, Monroe said that, “as a heterosexual student-athlete, I was ostracized and often made to feel uncomfortable by coach Joseph as a consequence of my sexual orientation.”


On North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell: a tweet from a local TV station includes this: “Players say UNC women’s basketball coach used a racially insensitive remark and complain of lack of quality coaching.”



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