Austin, Texas – University of Texas Women’s Basketball Head Coach Karen AstonHis contract, which runs until August 31, 2020, will not be extended, said UT vice president and athletics director Chris Del Conte on Friday. Aston led the Longhorns for eight seasons and was in the final year of his contract in 2019-20 when UT posted a record 19-11 (11-7, Big 12). Del Conte said immediate research is now starting for Aston’s successor.
“It was an extremely difficult decision because Coach Aston’s contract was over and we thought about it a lot, but we decided not to extend it,” said Del Conte. “We cannot thank Coach Aston enough for all that she has done for the University of Texas and our women’s basketball program in Texas. She gave him everything, as did the staff. She is fully committed to our program and everyone who participates 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 the UT. She is a dedicated coach and a special person. After assessing and reviewing where we are as a program and discussing the future, we are determined to move in a different direction with our goals continuing to work to fight for the conference championships and NCAA elite status. .
“For our student-athletes, staff, letter recipients, fans, alumni and donors, we recognize the challenge of making a change this particular spring, but there is never a suitable time for decision difficult like this. We think it is in the best interest of our program to move forward now and set a new direction for the 2020-21 season. “
The Aston teams posted a record 184-83 (93-51, Big 12) in eight seasons in Texas. His head coach record is 285-146 in 13 years. After a record 12-18 in its first year in Texas (2012-13) and progression to the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament the following season, Texas experienced four consecutive Sweet 16 games from 2014-15 to 2017- 18 in front of the Longhorns. fell in the first round of the 2018-19 tournament. Aston’s best UT result in 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 / assistant head coach in Texas from 1998 to 2006, was also a head coach in Charlotte (2007-11) and north Texas (2011-12). Her college assistant coaching internships included 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 High School (Ark.) From 1988 to 1993 and continued her studies at Fort Smith High School Northside (Ark.) In 1993-1994 before entering the ranks of the college.
Aston has twice been selected as the first all-star team at Bryant High School. She ended her high school career leading Bryant to the Arkansas State Class 4A Championship in 1982. Aston earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Little Rock in 1987. She played two seasons of basketball to the UALR after his transfer from Ouachita Baptist.