Austin, TX (Sports Network) - The University of Texas has named Karen Aston
its new women's basketball coach.
Aston was an assistant under Jody Conradt at Texas from 1998-2006. She was the
head coach at North Texas this past season after a four-year run at Charlotte.
"You always want to thank those individuals that have had an impact on your
growth as a coach and what led you to this point," Aston said Tuesday in a
statement. "Jody [Conradt] molded me in my career and I have an enormous
amount of respect and love for what she means to this university. My goals and
my ambitions are to carry on the tradition of Texas women's basketball. I'm
excited about the challenge and thrilled to be a part of the storied Texas
Aston led North Texas to a record of 15-16 this past season, turning around a
program that had won just five games the previous year. She also notched 86
wins in four seasons at Charlotte, including a school-record 27 victories
during the 2010-11 campaign.
"Karen has been a winner wherever she's been," said Texas women's athletic
director Chris Plonsky. "Texas alumni and fans are familiar with Karen and
have a high level of respect for her and what she's accomplished. She comes
from the Texas women's basketball family, and she is the right person to carry
on this the torch."
Conradt retired in the spring of 2007 and the Texas program had been headed by
Gail Goestenkors, who resigned last month after five seasons. Goestenkors led
the Longhorns to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances and compiled a
record of 102-64.
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