After recent struggles and a spate of player transfers, Texas elected to not renew the contract of head women's basketball coach Karen Aston.
After eight seasons with the Longhorns, Aston's teams went 184-83, including a 2016 appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Texas reached the Sweet 16 in four consecutive seasons from 2014-17.
Texas is coming off a 19-11 season, including an 11-7 mark in Big 12 play, putting the Longhorns in third place. Texas was just 1-18 against rival Baylor under Aston.
The Longhorns' program has taken a hit from transfers like Sedona Prince, a post player who sat out in 2018 because of a broken leg before moving on to Oregon. They also lost three players from a stellar 2017 recruiting class: forwards Rellah Boothe and Chasity Patterson and guard Destiny Littleton.
"This was an extremely difficult decision as Coach Aston's contract was up and we put a great deal of thought into it, but decided not to extend it," Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement. "We can't thank Coach Aston enough for everything she's done for The University of Texas and our Texas Women's Basketball program. She has given her all, as have the staff members. She has been totally committed to our program and everyone involved in it for eight years."
Texas went 93-51 in Big 12 play under Aston. The Longhorns just missed out on their seventh-consecutive 20-win season under the coach. Texas was set to play West Virginia in the conference tournament before the season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Aston also had head coaching stints at North Texas and Charlotte and is 285-146 overall.
--Field Level Media