A key position in the Texas sports department was quickly filled.
Vic Schaefer has been hired to coach the Texas women’s basketball team. On Sunday afternoon, Texas sports director Chris Del Conte posted a photo of Schaefer with a caption that said:Guess who’s coming to the Forty… ”. Austin-born Schaefer, 59, has spent the past eight seasons as the Mississippi state head coach.
The news of Schaefer’s arrival comes two days after Texas announced that it would not extend Karen Aston’s contract. Aston has been the UT coach since the 2012-13 season. She compiled a record 184-83 with the Longhorns.
Guess who’s coming to the Forty… ??? pic.twitter.com/hSAyjbvqTH
– Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) April 5, 2020
During his eight seasons in the state of Mississippi, Schaefer went 221-62. The Bulldogs were beaten in the NCAA Championship game by South Carolina in 2017 and Notre Dame in 2018. The State of Mississippi ended a 2019-2020 season that was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic with a record 27-6 and ranking # 9 in the Associated Press Survey.
Before landing in Mississippi, Schaefer spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach with Texas A&M and Arkansas. From 1990 to 1997, he was Sam Houston’s head coach of state. Schaefer went 69-110 with the Bearkats.
Schaefer becomes the fifth coach in a Texas women’s basketball program that played its first college game in 1974. Aston ranks second in school history in wins and years of training. Jody Conradt (1976-2007), Rod Page (1974-76) and Gail Goestenkors (2007-12) also coached the Longhorns.
In Texas, Schaefer will inherit a Longhorn squad that just passed 19-11 and finished third in the Big 12 standings. Four of the top six UT scorers this season were seniors. Second-year forward Charli Collier, however, averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in an all-conference campaign. Guard Celeste Taylor was also part of the Big 12 first-year squad.
Schaefer is the fourth hiring coach from Del Conte, who took over in Texas in December 2017. Mike White, who was drawn away from Oregon, was 70-20 years old in his two seasons with the Texas softball team. Former Kentucky coach Edrick Floréal’s athletics program included two national champions in 2019. Bruce Berque was promoted from interim status after helping the men’s tennis team get through a 2019 season that included a championship. of the NCAA and the involvement of former head coach Michael Center in the country. college admissions scandal.
This is a developing story that will be updated throughout the day.