DENTON, Texas - North Texas formally introduced Karen Aston as the sixth women's basketball coach in school history at a press conference today. Aston returns to Denton after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Mean Green from 1996-98. She has spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Charlotte.
"I just want to thank Rick Villarreal and Dr. Rawlins for this tremendous opportunity that they have given me," said Aston. "My passion is about basketball and I'm very committed to being great in everything that we do. There is an enormous amount of potential here at North Texas to be great."
While at North Texas, Aston was instrumental in the recruitment of two of the greatest players in program history, Jalie Mitchell and Rosalyn Reades.
Aston has deep roots in the state of Texas as she was an associate head coach at Baylor during the 2006-07 season and an assistant coach at the University of Texas from 1998-06.
At Charlotte, Aston led the program to record-breaking heights as she won 86 games in four seasons, including a school-record 27 wins this past year. Aston led the 49ers to four-straight post season appearances and the 2009 Atlantic-10 Tournament title for the school's second NCAA Tournament trip in school history.
This past season she led Charlotte to the WNIT Final Four and moved into third place on the school's all-time wins list with 86. In four seasons at Charlotte, she led them to two 20-win seasons, the 2009 Atlantic 10 tournament title, an appearance in the 2011 WNIT Final Four, one NCAA Tournament berth and three WNIT appearances.
Aston replaces Shanice Stephens who compiled a record of 25-67 in three seasons with North Texas.