Women’s Basketball Coaching Changes Tracker and News, 2020

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.

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  • jobs filled: 36




Alcorn State (SWAC)

  • Courtney Pruitt fired (March 23, 2020)
  • Nate Kilbert hired (April 5, 2020)

Brown (Ivy)

  • Sarah Behn resigns (March 23, 2020)
  • Monique LeBlanc hired (April 10, 2020)

UC Riverside (Big West)

  • John Margaritis resigns; Seyram Bell named interim head coach (Sept. 13, 2019)
  • Nicole Powell hired (March 30, 2020)

Cal State Northridge (Big West)

  • Jason Flowers resigns (April 20, 2020)
  • Lindsey Foster is serving as interim head coach for the 2020-21 season

Central Connecticut (NEC)

  • Beryl Piper retires; Kerri Reaves named interim head coach for the 2020-21 season

Chicago State (WAC)

  • Misty Opat resigned (April 16, 2020)
  • Tiffany Sardin hired (May 15, 2020)

Coppin State (MEAC)

  • DeWayne Burroughs fired (March 30, 2020)
  • Laura Harper hired (July 20, 2020)

Denver (Summit)

  • Jim Turgeon out (June 12, 2020)
  • Doshia Woods hired (July 22, 2020)

Detroit Mercy (Horizon)

  • Bernard Scott fired (March 19, 2020)
  • AnnMarie Gilbert hired (April 24, 2020)

Drexel (CAA)

  • Denise Dillon left for Villanova job (March 27, 2020)
  • Amy Mallon hired (March 27, 2020)

Duke (ACC)

  • Joanne P. McCallie resigns (July 2, 2020)
  • Kara Lawson hired (July 11, 2020)

Florida A&M (MEAC)

  • Kevin Lynum fired (April 22, 2020)
  • Shalon Pillow hired (May 28, 2020)


  • Jesyka Burks-Wiley hired, replacing Tiara Malcom (April 17, 2020)

Grand Canyon (WAC)

  • Nicole Powell left for UC Riverside job (March 30, 2020)
  • Molly Miller hired (4/7/2020)

Holy Cross (Patriot League)

  • Bill Gibbons fired; Ann McInerney named interim head coach through the end of 2019-20 season (March 28, 2019)
  • Maureen Magarity hired (April 14, 2020)

Kentucky (SEC)

  • Matthew Mitchell retires; Kyra Elzy named interim head coach (November 12, 2020)
  • Kyra Elzy named head coach (December 14, 2020)

Merrimack (NEC)

  • Monique LeBlanc left for Brown job (April 10, 2020)
  • Kelly Morrone hired (July 23, 2020)

Mississippi State (SEC)

  • Vic Schaefer left for Texas job (April 5, 2020)
  • Nikki McCray-Penson hired (April 11, 2020)

Montana (Big Sky)

  • Shannon Schweyen fired (April 1, 2020)
  • Mike Petrino named interim head coach through 2020-21 season (April 20, 2020)

Navy (Patriot League)

  • Stefanie Pemper fired (March 9, 2020)
  • Tim Taylor hired (4/28/2020)

UNLV (Mountain West)

  • Kathy Olivier resigns (March 6, 2020)
  • Lindy La Rocque hired (March 18, 2020)

New Hampshire (America East)

  • Maureen Magarity left for Holy Cross job (April 14, 2020)
  • Kelsey Hogan hired (August 10, 2020)

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)

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)
  • Anna Nimz hired (April 11, 2020)

Notre Dame (ACC)

  • Muffet McGraw retires (April 22, 2020)
  • Niele Ivey hired (April 22, 2020)

Old Dominion (C-USA)

  • Nikki McCray-Penson left for Mississippi State job (April 11, 2020)
  • DeLisha Milton-Jones hired (April 17, 2020)

Omaha (Summit)

  • Brittany Lange fired (March 9, 2020)
  • Carrie Banks hired (April 7, 2020)

USC Upstate (Big South)

  • Tammy George resigns (May 8, 2020)
  • Becky Burke hired (June 8, 2020)

Tennessee State (OVC)

Texas (Big 12)

  • Karen Aston fired (April 3, 2020)
  • Vic Schaefer hired (April 5, 2020)

UT Arlington (Sun Belt)

  • Krista Gerlich left for Texas Tech job (August 18, 2020)
  • Shereka Wright hired (September 4, 2020)

Texas Tech (Big 12)

  • Marlene Stollings fired (August 6, 2020)
  • Krista Gerlich hired (August 18, 2020)

Utah State (Mountain West)

  • Kayla Ard hired, replacing interim head coach Ben Finkbeiner (March 23, 2020)

Villanova (Big East)

Winthrop (Big South)

  • Lynette Woodard fired (March 24, 2020)
  • Semeka Randall Lay named interim head coach for 2020-21 season (April 17, 2020)

News Items

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.

UT Arlington has announced their new head coach: Shereka Wright, who most recently served as associate head coach at Vanderbilt. As a player, she was a three-time All-American at Purdue.

Former WNBA player and Vanderbilt Associate Head Coach Shereka Wright has been named UTA’s 10th head women’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Jim Baker announced on Friday.

Wright – a Texas High School Hall of Fame member and former longtime assistant coach at Texas Tech – brings her impressive resume to the Lady Mavericks after spending two seasons (2018-20) with Vanderbilt, five years at Alabama (2013-18) and seven campaigns in Lubbock (2006-13).

A native of Copperas Cove just west of Fort Hood, Wright was the 2000 National Player of the Year her senior season at Copperas Cove High School after averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game.


Tennessee State

Ty Evans has been named the new head coach. He was most recently associate head coach at Auburn.

Tennessee State University has named former All-American and 17-year collegiate coaching veteran Tywaune “Ty” Evans as its next Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Athletic Director Dr. Mikki Allen and TSU President Glenda Glover announced the hire at a virtual press conference Wednesday morning.

“Ty Evans will bring an abundance of energy, enthusiasm, and a winning mentality to the Tennessee State University women’s basketball program,” said AD Allen. “Coach Evans comes to us highly respected in the coaching field and has earned a national reputation for being a program builder, a phenomenal teacher of the game, an elite recruiter and an outstanding developer of talent. Throughout his career he has played a significant role in the holistic development of the student athletes he’s coached.”

“Words can’t possibly convey the level of happiness, excitement, and gratitude that I feel as a result of being named the next women’s Head Basketball Coach at Tennessee State University,” said Evans.  “This moment is a culmination of many years of preparation, hard work, sacrifice, disappointment and prayer, and it’s a journey that I wouldn’t change. Thanks to Dr. Allen, President Glover, and the entire selection committee for entrusting me with this opportunity and to the entire “Big Blue” family, specifically my players, it’s time to … #PressPlay.”

President Glover said experience was a key factor in the selection of an individual that has paid his dues, ascending through the coaching ranks.

“The University was committed to hiring a seasoned veteran to provide the leadership needed to take our women’s basketball program to the next level, and he has earned the right to be a head coach,” said President Glover.


Texas Tech

Krista Gerlich returns to her alma mater as head coach, following a seven-year stint at UT Arlington.

Texas Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt announced Tuesday that former Lady Raider Krista Gerlich has been hired as head coach of the school’s women’s basketball program.

“I am excited to announce Krista Gerlich as our next Lady Raider basketball coach,” Hocutt said. “Coach Gerlich has been outstanding as a head coach at both UT-Arlington and West Texas A&M, and her track record as a student-athlete at Texas Tech speaks for itself. I believe that she is the right person to lead our women’s basketball team and I am excited to see what she and the Lady Raiders accomplish in the seasons ahead.”

Having experienced success at each stop of her coaching career thus far, Gerlich has spent the last seven seasons at UT-Arlington. She stands as the program’s all-time winningest coach at UTA, accumulating 121 of her 289 career wins as a collegiate head coach at the helm of the Lady Mav program.

“I can’t put into words how excited I am to be entrusted with rebuilding the Lady Raider basketball program, which is near and dear to my heart,” Gerlich said. “I can’t wait to get to work on taking this program back to where it’s supposed to be, where it has been and where everyone in the Texas Tech community expects it to be. I’m looking forward to meeting the current Lady Raiders, embracing them and their journey, and helping them write a better ending to their careers at Texas Tech, because they deserve it.

“I believe that Texas Tech is a pot of gold for every sport, and that’s illustrated by how well each program succeeds on a national level year in and year out. There is no reason that Lady Raider basketball can’t do that too, because we’ve already seen it done. We know we have the support, and I am looking forward to bringing that positive excitement and authentic love for the program back to my alma mater.”


New Hampshire

Kelsey Hogan has been named the new head coach, after being name interim head coach in April and serving as associate head coach before that.

Granite State native, three-time captain, former All-America East First Team guard and six-year assistant/associate head coach Kelsey Hogan ’14 added the ultimate new chapter to her extensive University of New Hampshire women’s basketball portfolio when she was named Monday the seventh head coach in program history by UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano.

“We are delighted to announce that Kelsey Hogan will be our next women’s basketball head coach,” Scarano said. “The search committee was so impressed that during a very competitive search process, Kelsey took nothing for granted as an internal candidate and stood out among a field of highly qualified applicants to ‘win the day’ as the right choice for this position.”

“UNH has a proud tradition of notable alumni who are now prominent head coaches, which is a significant strength of ours. Kelsey now joins that distinguished group, and she embodies everything that is great about UNH. We will be well served having her lead our women’s basketball program for years to come.”

“I am honored and humbled to be named the head women’s basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire,” Hogan said. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and for those who have supported me throughout this entire process. I especially would like to thank Marty Scarano, Jon Danos, Michelle Bronner and the rest of the hiring committee for entrusting me to be the leader of this program. I would also like to thank Maureen Magarity for giving me the opportunity to be on her staff and for her mentorship over the years.”

Scarano tabbed Hogan as interim head coach April 15 when Magarity departed following 10 seasons at the helm to become head coach at Holy Cross. Hogan joined the program as an assistant coach under Magarity shortly after graduation in 2014 and was elevated to associate head coach in August 2019.



Kelly Morrone has been named the new head coach, following a seven-year stint as head coach at John Carroll University (D-III).

Merrimack College has named Kelly Morrone as the next head coach of the Warriors’ women’s basketball program, as announced by Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson on Thursday.

Morrone – who becomes the seventh head coach in school history – arrives at Merrimack after an impressive seven-year stint at John Carroll University. She guided the Blue Streaks to 117 wins over the last seven years, claiming a pair of Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) regular season titles, the 2018-19 OAC Tournament Championship and three NCAA Division III Tournament berths, the first three appearances in school history.

“Kelly has established an outstanding track record on the court, and a strong commitment to serving the role of a mentor and educator to student-athletes,” Gibson stated. “We are thrilled to welcome Kelly to Merrimack and are excited for all she will bring to our community!”

The last two years of Morrone’s tenure have been particularly impressive, posting back-to-back 20-win campaigns including a 23-win season in 2019-20. She totaled four seasons of at least 20 victories over her seven-year stint at John Carroll, while coaching 19 OAC All-Conference selections, 16 OAC All-Academic honorees, three NCAA Division III All-Americans and one National Semi-Finalist for DIII Player of the Year. She won a pair of OAC Coach of the Year honors (2013-14, 2018-19), while boasting a roster that featured four OAC Player of the Year award winners over seven years, a pair of OAC Freshman of the Year recipients and two OAC Defensive Players of the Year.



Doshia Woods has been named the new head coach at Denver, following a ten-year stint on the Tulane coaching staff.

The University of Denver has named Doshia Woods (Western Illinois ’01) its 11th head women’s basketball coach in the program’s history, Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Karlton Creech announced on Tuesday.

“Following an extensive national search, it became clear to myself and the committee that Doshia was the best choice to lead this women’s basketball program forward,” Creech said. “Doshia will fit right into our athletic department’s culture. She possesses a positive energy, while holding the values and sense of integrity that we demand in this department. She comes to us with 19 years of Division I coaching experience, she’s a tireless recruiter and we’re confident that she’ll be able to lead us in the right direction.”

Woods comes to the Mile High City after 10 seasons on the Tulane women’s basketball coaching staff. During her time at Tulane, Woods and the Green Wave produced six-straight 20+ win seasons and earned seven-straight postseason berths, including a trip to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Woods ended her time at Tulane as the recruiting coordinator and was responsible for the perimeter players, scouting reports, recruiting, admissions, compliance and academic progress.


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