Coaching Changes Tracker, Women’s Basketball, 2020–21 Season
Rundown of head coaching changes in D-I women’s basketball for the 2020–21 season.
- jobs open*: 10
- jobs filled: 10
*including those currently held by an interim head coach
Alcorn State (SWAC)
- Courtney Pruitt fired (March 23, 2020)
- Sarah Behn resigns (March 23, 2020)
Coppin State (MEAC)
- DeWayne Burroughs fired (March 30, 2020)
Detroit Mercy (Horizon)
- Bernard Scott fired (March 19, 2020)
Holy Cross (Patriot League)
- Bill Gibbons fired; Ann McInerney named interim head coach through the end of 2019-20 season (March 28, 2019)
Mississippi State (SEC)
- Vic Schaefer left for Texas job (April 5, 2020)
Montana (Big Sky)
- Shannon Schweyen fired (April 1, 2020)
Navy (Patriot League)
- Stefanie Pemper fired (March 9, 2020)
Northwestern State (Southland)
- Jordan Dupuy resigns; Aaron Swinson named interim head coach (Jan. 26, 2020)
- Missy Bilderback hired (March 28, 2020)
- Missy Bilderback returns to previous job (April 3, 2020)
Winthrop (Big South)
- Lynette Woodard fired (March 24, 2020)
UC Riverside (Big West)
- John Margaritis resigns; Seyram Bell named interim head coach (Sept. 13, 2019)
- Nicole Powell hired (March 30, 2020)
- Denise Dillon left for Villanova job (March 27, 2020)
- Amy Mallon hired (March 27, 2020)
Grand Canyon (WAC)
- Nicole Powell left for UC Riverside job (March 30, 2020)
- Molly Miller hired (4/7/2020)
UNLV (Mountain West)
UNC Asheville (Big South)
- Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick Brown resigns; Honey Brown hired (press release; 4/7/2020)
North Dakota (Summit)
- Travis Brewster fired (March 11, 2020)
- Mallory Bernhard named interim head coach through 2020-21 season (March 30, 2020)
Texas (Big 12)
Utah State (Mountain West)
- Kayla Ard hired, replacing interim head coach Ben Finkbeiner (March 23, 2020)
Villanova (Big East)
- Harry Perretta announces his retirement, effective at end of 2019-20 season (Oct. 30, 2019)
- Denise Dillon hired (March 27, 2020)
News on D-I women’s basketball coaching changes and other coaching-related items in the spring and summer of 2020, posted in reverse chronological order.
Shay Robinson has joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach, following six years as an assistant at Maryland.
Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin announced the addition of Maryland assistant coach Shay Robinson to her staff on Wednesday.
“I am so excited that Coach Shay has made the commitment to join our staff here at Ole Miss,” McPhee-McCuin said. “He has experienced incredible success in the Big Ten during his time at Maryland, and has been an integral part of their program in his six years there. Coach Shay has high character, and he has elite player development experience at a championship-caliber level. He is a master communicator and has a brilliant basketball mind. I look forward to him and his wife, Tonya, joining us here in Oxford. I believe he is a home run hire for our program and a significant piece of our foundation.”
Robinson has been an assistant coach at national powerhouse Maryland since the 2014-15 season. In his six seasons in College Park, Robinson helped lead the Terrapins to consistent success both in the Big Ten and on the national scene.
Athletic director Ross Bjork says he hasn’t discussed the future of Aggies women’s basketball with head coach Gary Blair, who has one year remaining on his contract.
Former Texas A&M assistant coach Vic Schaefer taking over as the Texas women’s head basketball coach has some Aggies wondering what happens when veteran A&M coach Gary Blair decides to head to the golf course permanently.
“We know we need to have a plan, and we’ll do that in the appropriate time,” A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said Tuesday in a Zoom teleconference.
The 74-year-old Blair just finished his 17th season at A&M and has one more left on his contract. He received a three-year extension in April 2017 through the 2020-21 season that pays him approximately $1 million annually.
Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick Brown resigned as head coach and was succeeded by her assistant for eight seasons, Honey Brown.
Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick Brown has announced her resignation as head coach of the UNC Asheville women’s basketball program. UNC Asheville women’s basketball associate head coach Honey Brown has been promoted to the program’s head coach. . . .
Cone continued, “Though it’s hard to say goodbye to Brenda, we are thrilled to officially introduce Honey Brown as our next head women’s basketball coach. In the eight years that she has been on our staff, she has always demonstrated the qualities of a champion and leader on the court and in our community. Working alongside Coach Brenda Brown, she has been a vital component in establishing one of the most consistent and successful women’s basketball programs in the Big South Conference. She is the right person to not only build on our winning tradition but to provide us with a vision and road map for greater levels of achievement in the future.”
Honey Brown becomes the 11th head coach in program history and the seventh since the program moved to Division I in the 1986-87 season. She has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant for Mock Kirkpatrick Brown. After six seasons, she was elevated to associate head coach prior to the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
Molly Miller, after compiling a record of 180-17 during a six-year stint at Drury University (D-II), has been named the new Lopes head coach.
Grand Canyon’s aspirations to rise in Division I women’s basketball will be in the hands of new Lopes head coach Molly Miller, a two-time Division II Coach of the Year who leads all active college basketball coaches in winning percentage.
GCU named Miller, 34, as its new head coach Tuesday after she posted an astounding 180-17 record over the past six years at her alma mater, Drury Univeristy in Springfield, Missouri. The .914 winning percentage tops any active Division I, II or III men’s or women’s basketball head coach with at least five years of experience and includes a stunning 67-1 mark over the past two seasons.
Two assistant coaches are no longer on the staff: Franqua Bedell and Seth Minter.
The Missouri State women’s basketball program has a pair of vacant assistant coaching positions in the offseason following a Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.
Assistant coaches Franqua Bedell and Seth Minter are no longer with the Lady Bears after one season under Amaka Agugua-Hamilton.
Omaha Athletics Vice Chancellor Trev Alberts announced today that Carrie Banks has been hired as the Mavericks’ new women’s basketball head coach.
Banks comes to UNO from Ohio State where she has been an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the last four seasons.
“Carrie rose to the top of our applicant pool because of her depth of experience as a coach and recruiter,” said Alberts. “She has done a terrific job as an assistant coach at Ohio State, and she is ready to lead her own team.
“During the interview process, she articulated an exciting vision for the future of women’s basketball at Omaha,” added Alberts. “We can’t wait to help her build that vision into a reality.”
Itoro Coleman joins the staff of the Golden Eagles as assistant coach. Her 20-year coaching career includes stints as head coach of Clemson and assistant coach at Penn State.
Marquette University women’s basketball head coach Megan Duffy has announced the addition of Itoro Coleman to her staff as assistant coach of the Golden Eagles.
Coleman brings an abundance of experience to Marquette, including a long tenure at Penn State and as head coach of Clemson from 2010-13.
“We are thrilled to welcome Itoro Coleman, her husband Harold and their family to Marquette,” Duffy said. “I was blown away by her commitment to excellence both on and off the court. Itoro brings an incredible passion and competitiveness to the game of basketball and will make an immediate impact on both current and future Marquette student-athletes.”
During Coleman’s stint as a recruiting coordinator, she guided the signing of four top-25 classes, three while at Penn State.
That said, here are a handful of potential replacements for Schaefer:
Matthew Mitchell — Kentucky head coach
Matthew Mitchell checks every box Cohen should be looking at. Now entering his 13th year at Kentucky, Mitchell has guided the Wildcats to three Elite Eights and five Sweet 16s in his tenure.
Mitchell also boasts strong ties to the Starkville area. A Louisville native, Mitchell attended MSU as a student and began his coaching career at Central Holmes Academy High School in Lexington and Manchester Academy in Yazoo City before becoming a graduate assistant for Pat Summitt at Tennessee.
UPDATE: Mitchell says he’s staying at Kentucky:
Hey #BBN, let me say this loud and proud for all to hear: I’m the head coach @KentuckyWBB and my heart, family & life are devoted to UK! I will be there for as long as they will have me! I want to make that CRYSTAL clear! Grateful to God that I am allowed the privilege! 😺🔵⚪️💙
— Matthew Mitchell (@UKCoachMitchell) April 6, 2020
Two-time National Coach of the Year Vic Schaefer has been named the Texas Women’s Basketball Head Coach, UT Vice President and Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte announced Sunday. Schaefer, a Texas native who has spent 21 of his 35 years in coaching within the state of Texas and 27 years in the Southwest, becomes the fifth head coach in program history.
Schaefer spent the past eight seasons as the head coach at Mississippi State, where he led the Bulldogs to a 221-62 [.781] record and five NCAA Tournament berths, including two NCAA Championship Game appearances. Under his direction, Mississippi State won the program’s first SEC regular-season championship and SEC Tournament championship and made five consecutive appearances in the SEC Tournament Championship Game, tying the University of Tennessee’s record for consecutive tournament final appearances.
As a head or assistant coach, Schaefer has been a part of one NCAA Championship, three NCAA Championship Games, four Final Fours, six Elite Eights and nine Sweet 16s.
“In looking for a new head women’s basketball coach, there was one name that continuously came up as the perfect fit for The University of Texas, and that was Vic Schaefer,” Del Conte said. “He’s a coach who knows the state of Texas and the national women’s college basketball landscape extremely well.
“We had great conversations with him, we’ve received incredible recommendations, and he’s just a tremendous person. Anyone who follows college basketball knows Coach Schaefer. He’s a proven winner, and I’m so fired up to have him and his family here at Texas!”
Head coaching job is open once again, after Missy Bilderback decided to return to her previous job at Jones College, citing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Missy Bilderback has chosen to not remain the Northwestern State women’s basketball head coach, Director of Athletics Greg Burke announced Friday.
Bilderback was announced as the ninth head coach in Lady Demons history March 18 after a successful five-season run at Jones College in Mississippi but will not coach a game for Northwestern State, citing personal reasons for her decision to change course.
“After extensive deliberation and in consultation with her family, Missy has made a decision that because of the rapid nationwide development of COVID-19, a move to Natchitoches and NSU would not be in their best interest,” Burke said. “Missy had been on the job for over a week prior to making this decision and had hit the ground running. I was really looking forward to working with her and to watching the positive impact I knew she would have on our student-athletes.”
In addition to understanding the need to work remotely, Burke and Bilderback discussed additional options that would help facilitate the latter and her family’s move to NSU and Natchitoches amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Said Burke: “The university was willing to make concessions that would be helpful to her and her family, but ultimately, she chose to return to Mississippi and stay at Jones College. Family is and always has been the top priority for the NSU athletic program, so we respect this difficult decision and wish Missy the best as she moves forward with her career.”