Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Northern Kentucky has announced it will conduct an “independent, external review and assessment” of its WBB program to address new concerns raised by former players (see item below).

Northern Kentucky University said Monday night it will conduct an “independent, external review and assessment” of the women’s basketball program in response to new concerns raised by former student-athletes.

NKU spokeswoman Anna Wright told The Enquirer that the new statement was in response to the latest story on players’ claims of “emotional abuse” by head coach Camryn Whitaker.


Tennessee has contacted Missouri State’s athletic director expressing interest in speaking with Kellie Harper about the UT head coaching job.

The University of Tennessee has reached out to Missouri State expressing interest in women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper, MSU Athletics Director Kyle Moats confirmed to the News-Leader on Tuesday.

“The University of Tennessee has contacted me to inform me they have interest in speaking with Coach Harper about their women’s head coaching position,” Moats said in a statement to the News-Leader on Tuesday.


Former ULM coach Jeff Dow has been named the new coach at Incarnate Word.

Dow comes to UIW after five seasons as the head coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe (2014-2019). With nearly 30 years of coaching experience both as an assistant and as a head coach, Dow has guided his teams to 500 victories. He holds an all-time record of 258-192 as a head coach.

“I’m thrilled to have Jeff joining our staff,” said Angela Lawson, head of the search committee and senior associate director of athletics/academic affairs/SWA. “One thing that stands out to me most is how detail-oriented he is, so I know he’ll take care of the little things on the court, like discipline and fundamentals. He has also been around the game for a long time and has had the opportunity to work for and with a lot of good coaches in the country. I believe this has put him in a situation to be confident in his systems and in his coaching style, which will help him be successful in the Southland Conference.”


UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell is out with a statement after being placed on leave:

Hatchell issued a statement Monday afternoon via a spokesperson:

“I’ve had the privilege of coaching more than 200 young women during my 44 years in basketball,” her statement read. “My goal has always been to help them become the very best people they can be, on the basketball court and in life.

“I love each and every one of the players I’ve coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me. I love them all.

“Of course, I will cooperate fully in this review. I look forward to a prompt conclusion of this matter and the continuation of our very successful women’s basketball program.”


North Carolina has announced that it has placed Sylvia Hatchell and the WBB coaching staff on paid administrative leave while a review of program takes place.

In a statement, the university said that the Charlotte-based firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein will conduct a “review and assess the culture of the women’s basketball program and the experience of our student-athletes.”

This review comes after UNC received issues raised by student-athletes and others regarding the women’s basketball program.


The Cincinnati Enquirer is out with a new article detailing the complaints against Northern Kentucky head coach Camryn Whitaker from former players and their parents.

After two years of hearing about and seeing a “toxic environment,” Barry Mungar stepped in to keep his daughter “mentally and physically safe.” He said he contacted the athletic director and Title IX office, sent a letter to NKU’s president and spoke to the university’s NCAA compliance officials about the problems.

The Enquirer has requested Whitaker’s personnel records, including Title IX complaints.

Mungar, who’s currently a sophomore, is now in the process of transferring schools.

“This is not about playing time. This is about a morally and ethically corrupt coach,” Mungar’s father, Barry Mungar said in an interview. “It’s an NCAA nightmare.”

He said this is an “ongoing, chronic, three-year problem and it’s going to continue next year.”


Hearing that the Tennessee job is Kellie Harper‘s, if she wants it.

One complicating factor: Tennessee has a nepotism policy prohibiting someone from hiring their spouse, and Harper’s husband, Jon Harper, has always been on her coaching staffs. So either she would need to not have him on her staff at Tennessee, or they’d have to find some way around that.


Eight current players have signed a statement expressing support for Northern Kentucky head coach Camryn Whitaker. Allegations that she’s been emotionally abusing players became public earlier this week (see below).

If you have followed the news this week, you are probably aware of the serious allegations made against our head coach. We respect and value the fact that every individual has the right to voice their opinions based on their personal experiences. In support of our coach and program, we believe it is important to share our experiences regarding these recent allegations.


LSU‘s athletic director says head coach Nikki Fargas will return for 2019-20 and that Tennessee has not asked to speak to her about their head coach opening. Fargas played basketball at Tennessee and was an assistant coach there from 2002 to 2008.

LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargas will return for the 2019-20 season, athletic director Joe Alleva said Friday before tipoff of the LSU men’s NCAA East regional semifinal against Michigan State.

Alleva also said Tennessee has not contacted him to request a chance to speak with Fargas for its vacant head coaching job. Tennessee fired Holly Warlick on Wednesday after seven seasons.


Matt Daniel, former Marshall head coach (a five-year stint before resigning in March 2017), has been named the new head coach at Arkansas State.

Arkansas State University has hired Jonesboro, Ark., native Matt Daniel as the head coach of the women’s basketball program, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohajir announced Friday.

An introductory press conference for Daniel is set for 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1 inside the auditorium at First National Bank Arena. Fans are encouraged to attend and the event will be streamed live on the A-State Athletics Facebook page.

“We are thrilled to welcome Matt and his family to Arkansas State as the newest members of the Red Wolves family,” said Mohajir. “My obligation is to the girls in that locker room and I truly believe Matt Daniel gives our girls the best opportunity to win championships and go to the NCAA Tournament. He will do a wonderful job representing our athletics department and the women’s basketball program.”



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