DENTON, Texas (3/11/08) The University of North Texas has announced it will not be renewing the contract of women’s basketball coach Tina Slinker following the 2007-08 season.
Slinker is the program’s winningest coach, notching a 241-287 record in 19 seasons at the helm. She coached 17 all-conference athletes, including at least one in each of the last 10 seasons, and guided the Mean Green to its first back-to-back postseason appearances in the 2001 and 2002 Women’s National Invitational Tournaments.
“Coach Slinker has been a class act since day one and had many positive accomplishments during her tenure,” said North Texas Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal. “The University of North Texas appreciates the hard work and effort that she gave over the years, and wishes her well in her future endeavors.”
The 27-year coaching veteran has the second-most career wins among all current coaches in the Sun Belt Conference. Slinker guided the Mean Green to four division championships and six winning seasons over her career. Under Slinker, North Texas set 16 team school records and 28 individual school records.
She was responsible for the development of some of the best athletes in North Texas history, including the only basketball players to have their jerseys retired; Rosalyn Reades and Jalie Mitchell. Both players were inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and were responsible for the renaissance of Mean Green basketball between 1999-02.
Her 21 wins in 2001-02 set the school record for victories in a season, but the Mean Green was 23-38 in the last two years.
The search for a new basketball coach will begin immediately.