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Here’s the full release via Texas Athletics:

Contract of Texas Women’s Basketball Head Coach to not be extended

The contract of Karen Aston, who led the Longhorn program for eight seasons, runs through Aug. 31 and will not be extended.

Austin, Texas – University of Texas Head Women’s Basketball Coach Karen Aston’s contract, which runs through Aug. 31, 2020, will not be extended, UT Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said on Friday. Aston led the Longhorns for eight seasons and was in the final year of her contract in 2019-20 when UT posted a 19-11 (11-7, Big 12) record. Del Conte said an immediate search now commences for Aston’s successor.

“This was an extremely difficult decision as Coach Aston’s contract was up and we put a great deal of thought into it, but decided not to extend it,” Del Conte said. “We can’t thank Coach Aston enough for everything she’s done for The University of Texas and our Texas Women’s Basketball program. She has given her all, as have the staff members. She has been totally committed to our program and everyone involved in it for eight years. We have had our successes and challenges, and through it all, Coach Aston has been a first-class representative of UT. She is a dedicated coach and special person. After evaluating and reviewing where we stand as a program and discussing the future, we have determined to move in a different direction with our continued goals to work to contend for conference championships and NCAA elite status. 

“For our student-athletes, staff, letterwinners, fans, alumni and donors, we recognize the challenge of making a change in this particular springtime, but there is never a right time for a difficult decision like this. We feel it is in the best interest of our program to move forward now and establish new direction for the 2020-21 season.” 

Aston’s teams posted a 184-83 (93-51, Big 12) record in eight seasons at Texas. Her overall head coaching record is 285-146 in 13 years. After a 12-18 mark in her first year at Texas (2012-13) and advancing to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament the following season, Texas had four straight Sweet 16 appearances from 2014-15 to 2017-18 before the Longhorns fell in the first-round of the 2018-19 tournament. UT’s best finish in Aston’s eight years was in 2015-16, when the Longhorns were 31-5 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.

A native of Benton, Ark., Aston, who was an assistant coach/associate head coach at Texas from 1998-2006, also served as head coach at Charlotte (2007-11) and North Texas (2011-12). Her collegiate assistant coaching stints include stops at Baylor (1994-96; 2006-07) and North Texas (1996-98). She began her coaching career as a high school head coach at Vilonia (Ark.) High School from 1988-93 and went on to Fort Smith Northside (Ark.) High School in 1993-94 before entering the college ranks.

 

Aston was a two-time first-team all-state selection at Bryant High School. She capped her high school career by leading Bryant to the 1982 Arkansas Class 4A State Championship. Aston earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from Little Rock in 1987. She played two seasons of basketball at UALR after transferring from Ouachita Baptist.

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Kind of disappointing to come on the board this morning and not see a thread dedicated to the new coach hire. 

This guy is one of the 3 best women's college basketball coaches and this is an absolute HOME RUN hire. In the last 3 years he advanced to the Elite Eight once and all the way to the Title game twice. His record during that time was 104-10! And he has beat both Baylor and UConn. The win against UConn was in the national semi-finals and ended their 111 game win streak. 

 

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A home-run hire for sure and I love me some Vic. Top three coaches in the country is a stretch with zero titles, but his teams play hard and just grind other teams down with defense. It will be fun to see him go head-to-head with his mentor Gary Blair on the recruiting trail. I'm ready to see someone knock Mulkey down. I really, really liked Mulkey at one time. I've met and interviewed her and loved her candor. But the comments she made about the sexual assaults at Baylor and punching people who talked about Baylor in the throat soured me on her big-time. She tried to walk it back, but the damage was done with me and I cannot stand her. I got a chance to cover Vic and he's a great dude. Him, Blair and Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors are three of the best guys you'll ever meet, and all three are damn good coaches. Hook 'em.  

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10 hours ago, NWAHorn said:

A home-run hire for sure and I love me some Vic. Top three coaches in the country is a stretch with zero titles, but his teams play hard and just grind other teams down with defense. It will be fun to see him go head-to-head with his mentor Gary Blair on the recruiting trail. I'm ready to see someone knock Mulkey down. I really, really liked Mulkey at one time. I've met and interviewed her and loved her candor. But the comments she made about the sexual assaults at Baylor and punching people who talked about Baylor in the throat soured me on her big-time. She tried to walk it back, but the damage was done with me and I cannot stand her. I got a chance to cover Vic and he's a great dude. Him, Blair and Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors are three of the best guys you'll ever meet, and all three are damn good coaches. Hook 'em.  

FANTASTIC HIRE.  

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2 hours ago, TB14 said:

Great hire.

You have to wonder how much was done behind the scenes before Aston was officially not renewed. Not a lot of coaches that are better than Aston. CDC must've known Vic was coming to make that change.

 

I wish Aston well. Always liked what I've seen of her.

Im sure that CDC had Vic all but signed before he let Aston go, dont know enough about him to make a judgement but Jody C is a very tough act to follow, coming in after a legend are big shoes to step into

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2 hours ago, TB14 said:

Great hire.

You have to wonder how much was done behind the scenes before Aston was officially not renewed. Not a lot of coaches that are better than Aston. CDC must've known Vic was coming to make that change.

 

I wish Aston well. Always liked what I've seen of her.

Good leaders always are thinking 2-3 steps ahead. It is obvious he had his ducks in a row. 

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17 minutes ago, Hiwood said:

Im sure that CDC had Vic all but signed before he let Aston go, dont know enough about him to make a judgement but Jody C is a very tough act to follow, coming in after a legend are big shoes to step into

Gail Goestenkos from Duke followed Jody and coached here 5 years. She went 102-64 with a best finish of T-4 in the Big 12. Was 40-42 in the Big 12.

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