Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Former Georgia Tech player Niesha Butler has accused former Tech coach MaChelle Joseph of “physical, emotional, and even sexual harassment.” Through her attorney, Joseph has categorically denied the new allegations.

In Butler’s statement sent exclusively to CBS46, she details two day road trips to North Carolina. Joseph was an assistant coach at Tech at the time. While in Joseph’s hotel room, Butler said the coach ” touched me in a very inappropriate way on my outer thigh and on my butt.”

CBS46 also interviewed Butler about her allegations.


VCU has an opening for an assistant coach. There’s no change to the staff on the team’s roster page, so it’s unclear who is being replaced.


Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly has agreed to a three-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season. His 24-year record at ISU is 505-262.

Iowa State women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly will reach a milestone season next fall when he begins his 25th season on the sidelines in Ames.

And, after agreeing to a three-year contract extension Thursday, the dean of Big 12 coaches, will continue his tenure at Iowa State beyond the anniversary campaign. Fennelly’s contract extension runs through June 30, 2025.

“I love this place,” Fennelly said in his post-game comments Monday. “I love everything about it. I love coming to work. I love telling people I coach and work at Iowa State.”

The appreciation for Fennelly is equally strong.

“Bill built a program from scratch and, more impressively, maintained major success for more than two decades,” Athletics Director Jamie Pollard said. “There’s a loyalty factor and a commitment (to Iowa State) factor with Bill that isn’t very typical today. He has been fully invested in the ‘Iowa State Way’ for a long time and our fan base has reaped the benefits.”


After two interim coaches following the resignation of Heather Macy in October 2018, East Carolina has a new head coach: Kim McNeill. She served as Hartford head coach the last three seasons, compiling a 59-38 record.

Kim McNeill, who led Hartford to consecutive America East Conference Championship Game appearances and three-straight winning seasons, has agreed to contract terms to become head women’s basketball coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement Thursday by director of athletics Jon Gilbert.


Holy Cross fired head coach Bill Gibbons, who had been suspended last month on account of a “personnel matter.” Over the course of 34 years at the helm, he compiled a record of 613-410 overall and 315-150 in conference play.

Holy Cross Interim Director of Athletics Brendan Sullivan has announced that Bill Gibbons will not return as head coach of the Crusader women’s basketball program. The change will take effect immediately.

“I would like to thank Coach Gibbons for his years of service to the College and his steadfast dedication to the exceptional student-athletes he has brought to Mount St. James. The impact he has had on more than three decades of student-athletes cannot be overstated,” said Sullivan. “However, we are committed to achieving a high standard of performance on the court. With the talent we have within this program we expect to consistently compete for Patriot League championships, and in recent years we haven’t done that.”

Ann McInerney will continue to serve as interim head coach through the 2019-20 season.

After leading the Crusaders to the 2019 Patriot League Tournament Semifinals, Ann McInerney will remain as interim head coach and lead the program through the 2019-20 season. McInerney – who was previously the head coach at the University of Maine (2005-07), Merrimack College (1999-05) and Nichols College (1990-92) – led the team to a 7-4 record in the final 11 games of the 2018-19 campaign. McInerney first joined the program in 2008 and was elevated to associate head coach in 2009.


Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack recently interviewed for the Penn State opening.


Two more articles with lists of possible Tennessee candidates:


Portland hires Michael Meek as the program’s new head coach. Meek was the head coach at D-III George Fox the last nine years, having succeeded Scott Rueck, now the head coach at Oregon State.

University of Portland has named Michael Meek as the sixth women’s basketball head coach in program history, Portland Vice President for Athletics Scott Leykam announced on Wednesday. Meek joins the Pilots after a highly successful nine-year run at George Fox University.

Meek led the Bruins to remarkable results including NCAA Division III championship game appearances in 2012 and 2015. He guided George Fox to eight NCAA Tournament appearances overall – including the last six seasons – and to six Northwest Conference (NWC) championships, and his teams were ranked at the end of the year seven times.

With a career collegiate coaching record of 230-35 (.868), Meek ranks fourth in career winning percentage among active coaches with five-plus years of experience at all divisions of women’s college basketball.


Tennessee has now officially announced Holly Warlick‘s dismissal. Assistant coach Dean Lockwood will oversee the program until the new coach is hired.

Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer announced Wednesday that Lady Vols basketball coach Holly Warlick has been relieved of her duties.

“Holly and I met this afternoon, and I informed her of the decision to change leadership within the program,” Fulmer said. “Holly has dedicated most of her adult life to the University of Tennessee and the Lady Vols program. She loves Tennessee, and Tennessee needs to always love her back. She was front and center as this program developed into the model for women’s intercollegiate excellence.

“While it certainly stings to make this decision, I am charged with doing what I believe is best for this storied program. It’s important to all of us that Lady Vols basketball maintains its status among the elite.”

A national search for the next Lady Vols head coach is underway. Assistant coach Dean Lockwood will maintain operational oversight of the program until a coaching hire is made.


Stephanie McCormick is out as Western Carolina head coach. She had a four-year record of 23-94 overall and 7-49 in the Southern Conference.

Western Carolina Director of Athletics Randy Eaton today (Wednesday, March 27) announced a change of leadership for the Catamount women’s basketball program as Stephanie McCormick will no longer serve as the team’s head coach. A national search for WCU’s next women’s basketball head coach will begin immediately.

“Following an evaluation and review of our women’s basketball program, I have made the decision to seek new leadership in the head coaching position. I feel it is in the best interest of our student-athletes and the program to make this change now and begin moving forward immediately,” said Eaton. “We thank Stephanie for her many years of dedicated service to the university, our student-athletes and to our community, and wish her all the best in the future.”

Eaton also announced on Wednesday that assistant coach Josh Keys will not be retained as a part of the change on the women’s basketball coaching staff.

A two-time assistant coach at WCU, McCormick had served as the 11th head coach of the Catamount women’s basketball team since April 2015, compiling a record of 23-94 and 7-49 in Southern Conference play over the past four seasons.



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