Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Rhode Island head coach Daynia La-Force has been fired, after compiling a record of 40-83 over five years on the job.

URI finished the year 8-21, 3-13 in Atlantic 10 play. La-Force has been head coach for five years, having compiled a 40-83 record over that time.


Maren Walseth is out as head coach at North Dakota State. Her five-year record: 40-106 overall, 19-59 Summit. Her team was 7-22 in 2018-19.

The North Dakota State Athletic Department and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Maren Walseth have mutually agreed to part ways, director of athletics Matt Larsen announced Monday, March 11.

Walseth had a 40-106 record in five seasons with the Bison, including a 19-59 record in The Summit League.


Michael Shafer is out after 14 years as Richmond‘s head coach. His overall record was 223-214.

“We would like to thank Michael Shafer for his hard work and dedication to our university and the Spider women’s basketball program during the past 14 years,” Hardt said. “We appreciate everything he and his family had done for our program, and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.”

Shafer is the second-longest tenured coach in Richmond women’s basketball history and produced a 223-214 record in his 14 seasons at the helm. His 223 wins ranks first all-time in program history for wins. He guided the Spiders to six WNIT appearances in his tenure with the last appearance coming in 2015.


Xavier head coach Brian Neal has resigned after six seasons and a record of 76-108 overall and 28-80 in Big East play.

“Brian took over our team at a challenging time and we have a lot of respect for Brian and his staff in how they ran our program and the stability they brought,” said Greg Christopher, Xavier’s Athletics Director. “Everyone thanks Brian for his efforts and we appreciate his approach to insuring the young women in our program had a positive experience.”

Neal finished his Xavier tenure with a record of 76-108 in six seasons. His Musketeer teams were 28-80 in BIG EAST play and 1-6 in BIG EAST Tournament games. Neal’s all-time career record is 247-139.

“Basketball is important at Xavier. More specifically, Xavier Women’s Basketball has a tradition and history of success. We expect that our Women’s Basketball team can compete for BIG EAST titles and the postseason,” said Christopher.


Christy Smith is out as head coach at Incarnate Word.

University of the Incarnate Word Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom announced Sunday that UIW women’s basketball Head Coach Christy Smith’s contract will not be renewed following the 2018-19 season.

“I want to thank Coach Smith for her service to UIW women’s basketball, the athletics department, UIW, and our students,” said Wickstrom. “She has helped to develop some fine student-athletes during her time here, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.”


Kip Drown is out as head coach at Georgia Southern. In four seasons at the helm, he had an overall record of 32-86, with a Sun Belt mark of 18-57.

Georgia Southern University will not renew the contract of Eagle women’s basketball coach Kip Drownfor the 2019-20 season, Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein announced Sunday morning.

“I appreciate the effort of Kip Drown over the past four seasons with our women’s basketball program and want to thank him for leading the Eagles, both on and off the court,” Kleinlein said. “We will begin a national search for a new leader of our program.”


Mel Greenberg, on his Womhoops Guru blog, provides a list of possible candidates for the Penn State job, They all happen to be women. Not sure if that was deliberate, but it is a fact that the five people who previously held the post were all women.


Coquese Washington is out as head coach of Penn State. She had a 12-year record of 209-169 overall, 98-106 Big Ten. This year was the fifth-straight time her team failed to secure an NCAA tourney berth.

Penn State Athletics and women’s basketball head coach Coquese Washington have agreed to a change in leadership for the Women’s Basketball program.

“I am very appreciative of Coquese’s contributions to the Lady Lion basketball program and Penn State,” said Sandy Barbour, Penn State Vice President of Athletics. “She is committed to developing young women, has been impactful in our community and we are grateful for her dedication. We thank her for 12 years of service to Penn State, and wish Coquese and her family all the best in their future endeavors. We both agree that the program is not where it needs to be, and this change of leadership is best at this time.”

“I’ve had an amazing run at Penn State,” Washington said. “I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people, especially the talented and dedicated staff members who were with me along this journey. I was fortunate to coach some extremely talented players along the way and will remember the fantastic experiences we enjoyed together. I am thankful for the Penn State and Lady Lion fans who supported us strongly year-in and year-out. I will always look back at my time at Penn State with fond memories while taking on this next chapter with my family.”


Greg Brown is out as head coach at Lipscomb. He had a seven-year record of 44-164 overall, 22-87 in the ASUN.

“I appreciate the effort, care for our student athletes, conscientiousness and work on behalf of our school that Greg, Hannah, Aaron, Clay and Kelsey have given this year and during the rest of their time with us,” Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson said.

“Greg is as good a person, husband, father, co-worker and friend as you are likely to find. All of his assistants are all quality and talented people too, and I appreciate everything about them as well.”

Hutcheson says the search for a new coach will begin immediately and that assistant coach Hannah Phillips will continue to work with the team during the interim.


Chrissy Roberts will not return as Eastern Kentucky head coach next season. EKU went 2-27 in 2018-19. Roberts’s 11-year record was 122-194.



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