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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.

  • jobs open: 6
  • jobs filled: 25

JOBS OPEN

Cal State Northridge (Big West)

  • Jason Flowers resigns (April 20, 2020)

Coppin State (MEAC)

  • DeWayne Burroughs fired (March 30, 2020)

Denver (Summit)

  • Jim Turgeon out (June 12, 2020)

Merrimack (NEC)

  • Monique LeBlanc left for Brown job (April 10, 2020)

New Hampshire (America East)

  • Maureen Magarity left for Holy Cross job (April 14, 2020)

Tennessee State (OVC)

JOBS FILLED

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)

Chicago State (WAC)

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

Florida A&M (MEAC)

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

FIU (C-USA)

  • 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)

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)

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)

Texas (Big 12)

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


Stanford

Katy Steding and Britney Anderson are hired as assistant coaches, filling openings left by the departures of Lindy La Rocque and Tempie Brown.

Katy Steding and Britney Anderson will join the Stanford women’s basketball staff as assistant coaches, announced Tuesday by The Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball Tara VanDerveer.

The additions come following the departures of Lindy La Rocque, new head coach at UNLV, and Tempie Brown, who stepped down to spend more time with her family.

Steding, who led Stanford to its 1990 NCAA title during her senior season on The Farm, joins the Cardinal following an extensive professional career as a player and coaching stops at Warner Pacific, the Atlanta Dream, Columbia, California, Boston University and most recently, San Francisco. Anderson is a 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech and has spent time coaching in both the high school and AAU ranks, as well as collegiately at Radford and her alma mater in Blacksburg.

“The combination of someone with an extensive history with our program and someone with a new and fresh perspective will complement our staff,” said VanDerveer. “Both Katy and Britney have excellent reputations as strong recruiters and relationship builders. I know both will make major contributions to our team’s success and will be outstanding representatives of our program. Katy and Britney join an impressive list of assistant coaches we’ve had on The Farm.”

(6/16/2020)


Navy

New head coach Tim Taylor announces his assistant coaches:

  • Jimmy Colloton (holdover from previous staff) [press release]
  • Marlena Tremba (previously assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Chatham University [D-III]) [press release]

(6/16/2020)


Alabama

Janese Constantine has been hired as an assistant coach. She was on the Indiana staff the last four seasons. Her husband, Paul, joined the Alabama football strength and conditioning staff earlier this year.

“We are so excited to welcome Janese, Paul and PJ to our Alabama family,” said Curry. “I have known Janese since she was a high school athlete and have watched her develop into one of the best young impact recruiters and coaches in our game. Her background having played in the Big Ten at Wisconsin, playing professionally overseas, and her experiences as a coach will allow her to be a difference maker with our young ladies in the classroom, on the court and in the community. She will bring a special passion, loyalty and energy to our program and our staff is so excited to work with her.”

Constantine will join the Crimson Tide and coach the post players, after spending the previous four seasons at Indiana.

(6/12/2020)


Texas State

Jericka Jenkins has been promoted to assistant coach.

“Coach Jericka Jenkins is a rising young star in the coaching profession,” Antoine said. ‘As our program’s graduate assistant, she has shown her passion for not only the game of basketball, but also for her ability to mentor the young women in our Bobcat family.”

Jenkins, a native of Lancaster, Texas, has spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant and video coordinator on the Texas State women’s basketball coaching staff. As the graduate assistant and video coordinator, Jenkins managed and executed all video projects, assisted in scouting and team preparation for each game and was a vital piece in the day-to-day operations of the women’s basketball program.

(6/9/2020)


USC Upstate

Becky Burke is hired as the new head coach. She spent the last two years as head coach at the University of Charleston (D-II).

USC Upstate Director of Athletics/Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Daniel Feig announced Monday that Becky Burke has been selected to lead the Spartans women’s basketball program, making her the 15th head coach in Upstate’s program history, second in the Division I era.

“I felt like USC Upstate was a place where we could win before I even came on my campus visit, and after visiting, that was confirmed for me. It comes down to that simply. This is a place where we can recruit because of the campus support and resources, and I think the conference is winnable. At the end of the day you want to bring in a staff that plays to win championships, and I think everything is in place to do just that,” said Burke.

“I’m looking forward to building relationships with the players and bringing fresh energy and life into the program. That’s what you need when you’re building, and I’m excited about watching them grow and seeing what they’re going to do.”

Burke takes the reins of the Upstate program after an impressive two-year stint at the NCAA DII level as the head coach at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. She brought the Golden Eagles back to national prominence in just her first season at the helm of the program in 2018-19, leading the team to a 25-7 record which was a 12-win improvement from the previous year. The Golden Eagles cracked the national top-25 that season and made their first NCAA Tournament since 2014 while leading the country in field goal percentage and the Mountain East Conference in defensive scoring. Burke coached a pair of First Team All-Conference picks which included a DII All-American.

(6/8/2020)


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