For the first time since 2012 — and fifth time in school history — Texas is on the hunt for a new women’s basketball coach.
Texas announced on Friday that it will not extend Karen Aston’s contract. Aston has been UT’s coach for the past eight seasons. Her current contract runs through August.
While in Austin, Aston went 184-83 with six trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns were 19-11 this winter.
Aston has not yet spoken publicly about her upcoming departure. In a statement, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte called Aston a “first-class representative of UT.” Aston’s players have also shared their feelings on social media.
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Thank you for giving me the best 4 years I could ask for. There was nothing that you wouldn’t have done for us! You had our backs just as much as we had yours. You weren’t perfect to everyone else but you were perfect to us (this team). You instilled the importance of Texas pride and Texas tradition into this program better than anyone could have ever done. Your hard-work, sacrifice, and commitment did not go unnoticed to us. You are an inspiration and I am so thankful for the relationship that we have built because it’ll go way beyond our time together at Texas. I love you coach
— TheFlash (@IMMA_BALLER10) April 3, 2020
— Joyneeer (@JoynerTooTall) April 3, 2020
This gotta be the worst year ever.
— Joanne (@_joanne_at) April 3, 2020