LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart
announced today that Morehead State coach Matthew Mitchell will be
Kentucky's next women's basketball coach, replacing Mickie DeMoss.
A former Kentucky assistant, the 36-year-olod Mitchell will
become the first male head coach in the 36-year history of the
Kentucky women's basketball program.
Barnhart said (quote): "Matthew Mitchell brings incredible
passion and enthusiasm for the women's basketball program at
Kentucky. He was here at the beginning of the transition of this
program and helped lay the foundation for the growth that we've
had. He aspires to continue the growth pattern that Mickie DeMoss
put in place over the last four years, seeking to take Kentucky
women's basketball to championship levels." (unquote)
Mitchell was an assistant to DeMoss for two seasons at Kentucky.
DeMoss resigned abruptly after four years at Kentucky's coach,
saying she needed "some time to myself right now."
DeMoss, an assistant at Tennessee for 18 years, was 71-56 at
Mitchell said (quote): "Every move I've made has been a mission
to prepare myself for this moment. I've also followed my heart and
it has led me to Kentucky." (unquote)
Mitchell had a 30-and-29 record in two seasons at Morehead
The new coach was to be announced at a press conference at 2:30
p-m Eastern time at the Joe Craft Center. The appointment is
pending approval by the U-K Athletics Association Board of