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Aston resigns, accepts deal with Longhorns

Aston resigns, accepts deal with Longhorns

April 04
00:07 2012

Brett Medeiros / Senior Staff Writer

For the second consecutive offseason, the Mean Green will begin a nationwide search to find its next women’s basketball head coach after UNT Athletic Director Rick Villarreal accepted the resignation of Karen Aston on Tuesday, effective immediately.

On Tuesday, Texas introduced Aston as its fourth women’s basketball coach in program history.

“I would like to thank North Texas and everyone involved in the program for giving me the tremendous opportunity to coach the Mean Green,” Aston said in a statement. “I will always be grateful to Rick Villarreal and [UNT President] 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.”

Photo by Tyler Cleveland / Visuals Editor - Head coach Karen Aston (right) leads the girls, including (from right) sophomore guard BreAnna Dawkins, sophomore forward Ash'Lynne Evans and junior forward Sara Stanley, in prayer after practice in the Coliseum Feb. 15.

Aston was introduced as the UNT women’s head coach last April after Shanice Stephens was relieved of her duties March 17.

In her only season as head coach, Aston guided the Mean Green to a 15-16 record. The team went 5-25 in Stephens’ final season in the 2010-2011 season.

Under Aston, the team had the second biggest year-to-year turnaround in UNT history.
This will be Aston’s second stay with the Longhorns after she spent 1998-2006 as an assistant head coach under then-head coach Jody Conradt.

“While we are disappointed to lose her [Aston], we are appreciative of the strides she made in our program in a short amount of time,” Villarreal said. “We wish Karen well and will begin work immediately finding the next head coach to continue our ascent.”

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