Non-Big Ten Coaching Changes

Ignatius L Hoops

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Upon further review: Sylvia Hatchell out at North Carolina:

North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell had built a Hall of Fame career over more than three decades with the Tar Heels, including winning a national championship and becoming the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time winningest coach.

That tenure ended with her resignation after a program review found concerns over her making "racially insensitive" comments and pressuring players to compete through medical issues.

The school announced Hatchell's resignation late Thursday, along with findings from that external review conducted this month by a Charlotte-based law firm. Among the issues: a "breakdown of connectivity" between Hatchell and the players after 28 interviews of current players and program personnel.

That was enough to end Hatchell's time in Chapel Hill, which began in 1986.

"The university commissioned a review of our women's basketball program, which found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction," athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "It is in the best interests of our university and student-athletes for us to do so. Coach Hatchell agrees, and she offered her resignation today. I accepted it."

Hatchell -- who has 1,023 victories, with 751 coming in 33 seasons at UNC along with the 1994 NCAA title -- and her coaching staff had been on paid administrative leave since April 1. At the time, UNC announced the review amid player concerns to "assess the culture" of the program.
I keep thinking about the specifics of the wording in that release. It's very artful. She's not a racist but she is racially insensitive. She didn't force injured players to play but she nudged them. Basically, they just want her to go away and not sue them.

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Princeton's Courtney Banghart replaces Sylvia Hatchell.

North Carolina is expected to name Princeton's Courtney Banghart as its next head women's basketball coach, reports WRAL.

According to the report, the school's Board of Trustees will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday morning, but the details of that meeting are unknown.

Banghart will replace Sylvia Hatchell, who resigned last week after 33 seasons at UNC and a career record of career record of 1,023-405 after the school reviewed allegations of her making "racially insensitive" comments to players and making them compete despite having serious injuries.


The 40-year-old Banghart led Princeton to seven Ivy League championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances in her 12 seasons.

She has a career record of 254-103.

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Former Minnesota assistant, Tamisha Augustin, joins Arizona's staff.
"Today I'm excited to welcome Tamisha Augustin and Jackie Nared to our Wildcat Family," Barnes said. "I fought hard to be able to hire these two high-character women that will bring value to our program. Tamisha and Jackie will create a dynamic coaching and recruiting duo and with these two by my side, there is no doubt we can compete with anyone."

Augustin last coached at Cincinnati during the 2017-18 season, where the Bearcats won 19 games and earned a bid to the WNIT. She helped bring in a class which included two players who continue to earn AAC honors.

"I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to represent the University of Arizona," said Augustin. "I want to thank the administration for giving me this tremendous opportunity. Adia is a proven winner with infectious energy and is a fierce competitor. She has been able to return this program to national recognition and what she has done is certainly praiseworthy. It is an honor to be part of something special that is on the rise in women's basketball. The Pac-12 is a premier conference with elite coaches and we will continue to develop student-athletes at a championship level. I am beyond thrilled to become a part of the Arizona Wildcats community."

"Tamisha brings experience and has deep, national recruiting ties," Barnes said. "She is an elite coach, an all-star recruiter and is hungry for success. Her work ethic and attention to detail stood out to me and I knew I wanted her to be a part of our team."

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Lindsay Gottlieb leaves Cal and joins the Cavaliers as an assistant.

In a landmark appointment for the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have hired University of California, Berkeley women's coach Lindsay Gottlieb to be an assistant coach on John Beilein's staff, it was announced Wednesday.

Gottlieb -- a Final Four and seven-time NCAA tournament head coach for the Golden Bears -- is the first women's collegiate head coach recruited to an NBA staff.

Sources said Gottlieb, 41, will sign a four-year contract and is expected to play a prominent role in support of Beilein and associate head coach JB Bickerstaff. Commissioner Adam Silver has been determined for the league to welcome more women's coaches into its ranks, and Gottlieb's stature and coaching credentials are unprecedented among women's coaches in the NBA.

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Former Gopher men's player and Gopher women's basketball assistant Marc Wilson joins Cleveland State staff.
Cleveland State women's basketball head coach Chris Kielsmeier announced the addition of Marc Wilson to his coaching staff for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign, as Wilson will join the Vikings and serve in an assistant coach capacity.

"The entire coaching staff is excited to have Marc join our team, he brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and I'm looking forward to working with him," Kielsmeier said. "We are continuing our efforts to build Cleveland State women's basketball into a championship level program, and Marc is going to be a key piece of that process. I can't wait for Marc to join the Viking family and hit the ground running in all facets of the program."

Wilson joins the Vikings with over 20 years of coaching experience, serving in a variety of roles at his previous institutions including defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
A quick recap of Wilson's travels:

Most recently, Wilson served as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State, where he helped transform the Redhawks into one of the best defensive teams in the Ohio Valley Conference highlighted by Adrianna Murphy being named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18.

Prior to his stint at SEMO, Wilson spent three years at Clemson and four years at UAB, serving as the assistant coach and defensive coordinator at both stops.

Wilson also spent time at Indiana, Kent State and Rhode Island, combining for eight years as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the three teams. During his time with the Hoosiers, Wilson helped the team earn three postseason bids, while he helped KSU and URI reach their respective conference championship games.

Wilson got his start in collegiate coaching at his alma mater, spending four seasons as the assistant coach at Minnesota. During his time, Wilson recruited and signed four of Minnesota's top seven high school players in the class of 2000, along with the 2001 Wisconsin High School Player of the Year.

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Not a coaching change; but Memphis has initiated an external review of former Gopher assistant Melissa McFerrin's program.

"Recognizing that student-athletes are students first, the University of Memphis strives to create an atmosphere that holistically supports their growth and development as a student and as an athlete. Therefore, it is the University’s commitment and responsibility to provide our student-athletes with an opportunity to learn, play and succeed in an environment free from harassment and abuse," Memphis officials said in a statement. "The University takes complaints of abuse and harassment seriously and investigates when matters are brought to its attention."

"The results of that review and assessment will be evaluated and appropriate actions taken to ensure that the environment within our women's basketball program is constructive, appropriate and reflective of our University's values."

The outside investigation comes less than three months after McFerrin received a two-year extension on April 23.

McFerrin has been at Memphis for 11 seasons, compiling an overall record of 175-172. However, since Memphis joined the AAC before the 2013-14 season, McFerrin has compiled a winning record only once.

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Niele Ivey joins the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff.

Karen and Kevin Keyes Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Muffet McGraw embodies women empowerment and breaking down gender barriers. Now former Associate Head Coach Niele Ivey will do just that, becoming the ninth active female assistant coach in the NBA. On Monday afternoon, Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins’ named Ivey to his coaching staff.

“There is no other place that has impacted me more as a player, coach and person than Notre Dame,” Coach Ivey stated. “I’ve gained friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime. But the biggest impact that I’ve had is from the relationship I have with Coach McGraw. I’m so grateful for Coach McGraw. She has been so much more than just a coach, mentor and boss. She believed in me and gave me my first opportunity at Notre Dame and I am forever grateful. I stand tall, confident and ready because of the tools she has instilled in me.”

Ivey spent the 12 last seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff (adding recruiting coordinator to her title in 2012 and associate head coach in 2015). In addition, Ivey is the common link between all nine of the school’s Final Four appearances (seven as a coach, two as a player).
A couple of thoughts on Ivey: I wonder if she gave up on the thought of ever becoming a college head coach. I understand that she had interviewed for a number of college head coaching positions, but without success. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Am I correct in thinking that she was a very important cog in Notre Dame's recruiting efforts? If so, this might be a big loss for Notre Dame. Also, some people thought that she might be a likely replacement for McGraw when McGraw retired. I wonder if this new position will take her out of that consideration, if and when that ever happens, or whether she'd be able to go back and be the head coach there. Either way, I'm glad to see that women are now getting some coaching opportunities in the men's game. I'll admit that many years ago I was hopeful that Pat Summit would cross over and coach a men's college basketball team. She had done all she could do in women's basketball and I thought she could have been successful at the men's level also.


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Happy for her. Many of the top point guards @ ND commented on her being a key reason they signed there. It will be interesting to see if they will drop off in recruiting when she leaves.

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