When the ladies’s basketball season suggestions off Nov. 7, it’ll debut a number of new head coaches with many long-time coaches retiring or others shifting on to different applications. NCAA’s Autumn Johnson picked the highest 10 you must know.
Get to know 10 new coaches in new locations, listed in alphabetical order by program:
1. Natasha Adair, Arizona State: Adair takes the helm of the Solar Satan program after Charli Turner Throne retired after 25 seasons. Adair beforehand coached Delaware for 5 seasons, most just lately taking the Blue Hens to the NCAA event final season.
2. Amber Whiting, BYU: Whiting, a Utah native, will get her first faculty teaching expertise after main Burley Excessive College in Idaho to a state championship. She takes over for Jeff Judkins, who had 21 seasons teaching the Cougars.
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3. Sytia Messer, UCF: Messer has 22 years of faculty teaching expertise, largely as an assistant. She sat on the bench for Kim Mulkey at Baylor and LSU, successful a nationwide title with the Bears in 2018. Messer takes over for Katie Abrahamson-Henderson.
4. Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, Georgia: Abrahamson-Henderson moved on from UCF to educate Georgia within the SEC. UCF is coming of its finest season in program historical past, when it went 26-4 and made the second spherical of the NCAA event.
5. Sam Purcell, Mississippi State: Purcell takes the everlasting place after interim coach Doug Novak led the Bulldogs final season. Purcell left Louisville after serving to construct this system since 2013.
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6. Coquese Washington, Rutgers: Washington takes over for legendary girls’s faculty coach C. Vivian Stringer, who retired after teaching Rutgers for 27 seasons. Washington was a head coach at Penn State for 12 seasons earlier than changing into an affiliate head coach, most just lately with Notre Dame.
7. Felisha Legette-Jack, Syracuse: Legette-Jack returns to educate her alma mater. After three many years she nonetheless ranks high 10 in scoring and rebounding at Syracuse. She coached Buffalo to 4 NCAA tournaments, together with in 2022, in 11 seasons.
8. Joni Taylor, Texas A&M: Taylor left Georgia after seven years because the Bulldogs head coach. At Georgia, Taylor racked up a formidable resume successful SEC Coach of the 12 months in 2021 and a .651 successful proportion. She takes over for Gary Blair, who led the Aggies for 19 years.
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9. Amaka Agugua-Hamilton, Virginia: Agugua-Hamilton, higher often known as “Mox” was employed at Virginia after three seasons at Missouri State. With the Bears she went 73-15, successful two consecutive convention event championships with a Candy 16 run within the 2021 NCAA event.
10. Daybreak Plitzuweit, West Virginia: Plitzuweit most just lately led South Dakota on a Cinderella run to the Candy 16, incomes the possibility to educate within the Large 12. Plitzuweit leaves the Summit League holding the general successful proportion mark (.819).