DENTON, Texas - North Texas head women's basketball coach Karen Aston has agreed to become the fourth head coach of the University of Texas women's basketball program. North Texas Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal accepted Aston's resignation effectively immediately. A nationwide search for her replacement will begin immediately.
"I would like to thank North Texas and everyone involved in the program for giving me the tremendous opportunity to coach the Mean Green," said Aston. "I will always be grateful to Rick Villarreal and V. Lane Rawlins for giving me the chance to coach and be around a great program with great kids. North Texas is a special place that I will always hold dear to my heart, and I wish them nothing but success and the best moving forward."
Aston leaves North Texas after one season in which the Mean Green had one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball. The Mean Green won 15 games, an improvement of 10 from the previous season, which was tied for the second biggest turnaround in school history.
"We knew that Karen was one of the best up-and-coming women's basketball coaches in college today when we hired and our thoughts were validated as she was chosen to take over the program at Texas," said Villarreal. "While we are disappointed to lose her, we are appreciative of the strides she made in our program in a short amount of time. I believe it reinforces that we have established a commitment to building a strong program that will grow in size, stature and prominence. We wish Karen well and will begin work immediately finding the nextt head coach to continue out ascent.
North Texas won the most games in a single season since the 2005-06 season, and the second most in over a decade. The Mean Green had signature non-conference wins over New Mexico, SMU, Oregon State, and the school's first ever-win over an SEC program in Alabama this year.