Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

A bit of an update on the Georgia Tech situation: the status of suspended head coach MaChelle Joseph may be closer to a resolution.

“Right now, there have been no changes and we have no more information, but we do expect to hear something soon,” Joseph’s attorney, Lisa Banks, wrote in an e-mail to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.


Oregon announces a three-year contract extension, through the 2025-26 season, for head coach Kelly Graves. His previous extension ran through 2022-23.

University of Oregon Director of Athletics Rob Mullens announced today that the UO has agreed to terms and is finalizing a contract extension with head women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves. The agreement, which is pending Board of Trustees approval, will run through the 2025-26 season.

“The Oregon women’s basketball program has reached unprecedented heights under Kelly Graves,” said Mullens. “Kelly and his staff have elevated our program to one of the nation’s elite, consistently winning Pac-12 championships, ranking in the top ten in the country, and making a strong connection with our passionate fans. Kelly and Mary Graves are an ideal fit for the University of Oregon and the Eugene community, and we are thankful for their commitment to our program and our student-athletes.”


Samford head coach Mike Morris announced his retirement after 17 years in the job and 279 career wins. His team went 10-20 over the 2018-19 season.

After 25 years at Samford University, including the last 17 as the head women’s basketball coach, Mike Morrisannounced his retirement from coaching Monday evening.

“This is definitely a bitter-sweet situation,” Morris said. “I’m excited, personally, about starting a second career in athletics, and I’m excited about the new direction of the women’s basketball program. However, it’s also sad, after 25 years at Samford, and after 17 years with the women’s basketball team, to step down as a coach.”

In his 17 years as Samford’s head women’s basketball coach, Morris became the program’s winningest coach with 279 career wins. Morris led the program to the only seven 20-win seasons in program history. Morris’ 2011 and 2012 teams won Southern Conference Tournament titles and earned NCAA Tournament bids. He led his squads to three-straight national postseason tournaments, including the 2010 WNIT where the Bulldogs earned a first-round win over Ole Miss in the Pete Hanna Center.


There is still no explanation as to why Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph was placed on leave, according to her attorney, who also says the “hypocrisy is stunning” given the alleged recruiting violations by the Georgia Tech MBB program.

Joseph’s attorneys have charged that Joseph was suspended as a result of her raising concerns about gender equity issues inside the institute’s athletic department.

Joseph’s attorney, Lisa Banks, issued the following statement to FOX 5 in response to the NCAA notice of the men’s program:

“The NCAA has investigated and found multiple high-level recruiting violations by the Men’s Basketball coaching staff, yet it is the Women’s Basketball head coach, MaChelle Joseph, who remains suspended for reasons that have yet to be disclosed to her or to the Georgia Tech community. The hypocrisy is stunning. Georgia Tech’s actions with respect to Coach Joseph are emblematic of the persistent double standard for men and women across collegiate athletics.”


Charleston head coach Candice M. Jackson will not have her contract renewed. Her overall record over five seasons was 39-113.

College of Charleston Head Women’s Basketball Coach Candice M. Jackson’s contract will not be renewed, as announced by Athletics Director Matt Roberts on Thursday.

“We thank Candice for her service to the College and her contributions to our women’s basketball program over the last five years,” Roberts said. “A number of our women’s basketball student-athletes achieved athletic and academic recognition under her leadership. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Jackson was hired at College of Charleston in April of 2014 after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at national power Duke University. Her overall record with the Cougars was 39-113 (.257).


Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer will remain on sick leave for the duration of the season. (Originally, she was expected to return for the NCAA tournament.) She plans to return to her duties later this year.

Rutgers University Head Women’s Basketball Coach C. Vivian Stringer will remain on sick leave for the duration of the season based upon the recommendation of her physicians. While Coach Stringer’s doctors have assured her of a full recovery, they have urged her to remain on leave. She plans to return to the team and coaching duties later this year.

Assistant coach Tim Eatman will continue to serve as acting head coach in her absence. Eatman assumed interim coaching responsibilities on Feb. 24 and has directed the Scarlet Knights to a 4-1 record. With a 22-9 overall mark and an RPI of 30, Rutgers is a strong candidate to earn an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Championship.

“The invitation to play in the NCAA tournament is a crowning achievement for any team,” said Stringer. “It speaks to the great effort on the part of our players and we are certainly hopeful that they will be rewarded on Monday. I am truly disappointed that I will not be able to join them, but I need to listen to my doctors. Being away from my team has been more difficult than I could have imagined, but thankfully they are under the great care of Tim Eatman and my assistants. I wish everyone the best and I will be cheering every step of the way.”


More speculation on possible candidates for the Penn State opening, though the author here is certainly not as knowledgeable about the WBB world than the one linked below (March 9).

We’ve assembled a list of five coaches with resumes including building mid-majors, leading established Power Fives, and histories attached to the Lady Lions. If you came here looking to see Suzie McConnell-Serio — yes, a Penn State legend as a player, but also a coach who went 67-87 at Pitt and had an investigation into verbal abuse allegations from former players at the end of her tenure — you can stop reading.


Arkansas State is looking for a new head coach after Brian Boyer was let go following 20 years at the helm (overall record: 333-287).

“We want to thank Brian for his many years of service and contributions to not only our women’s basketball program, but also Arkansas State University,” said Mohajir, who informed Boyer of the decision in person Wednesday morning. “He is an active and well-respected member of the community, and he has been a loyal employee here at Arkansas State. In addition, he helped countless amounts of young ladies graduate and become strong alumni of Arkansas State University. We wish him the best moving forward.”


Oklahoma assistant coaches Pam DeCosta and Chad Thrailkill have departed from the staff.

Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale announced the departure of assistant coaches Pam DeCosta and Chad Thrailkill on Tuesday. DeCosta and Thrailkill indicated they will seek new opportunities away from basketball.

“I want to thank Pam and Chad for their dedicated service to our program. I have been honored to have them play a vital role in our program and they have both been an integral part in our sustained success over the last 23 years,” Coale said. “Pam helped lay the foundation for our run of 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances by recruiting a program-defining player like Stacey Dales. Chad has been a part of my basketball family for the past 21 seasons at Oklahoma and Norman High and his commitment to our team has helped countless student-athletes succeed in life as well as on the court.

“Again, I want to express my gratitude for their dedicated effort to our team during their time at OU and I’m truly grateful for their impact. We all wish them the best in their future endeavors.”


Cheryl Sorenson is out as head coach at Portland.

The University of Portland announced today that Cheryl Sorenson will not return as women’s basketball head coach. Sorenson recently completed her fifth season as head coach at Portland.

“I would like to thank Coach Sorenson for her service and dedication during her time here at Portland,” Vice President for Athletics Scott Leykam said. “Cheryl represented the department and the University with professionalism and positively shaped the lives of many student-athletes.”



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