Drown not retained as Women’s Basketball Coach at Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern University will not renew the contract of Eagle women’s basketball coach Kip Drown for the 2019-20 season, Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein announced Sunday morning.

“I appreciate the effort of Kip Drown over the past four seasons with our women’s basketball program and want to thank him for leading the Eagles, both on and off the court,” Kleinlein said. “We will begin a national search for a new leader of our program.”

In four seasons at the helm of the Georgia Southern program, Drown compiled a 32-86 overall record and an 18-57 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. The Eagles went 9-9 in Sun Belt Conference play in 2015-16, but won two games each of the last two seasons. Georgia Southern went 7-22 overall and 2-16 in the league during the recently completed 2018-19 season, with a roster that featured no seniors or redshirt juniors, one of only eight teams in NCAA Division I with that roster makeup.

He joined Georgia Southern in 2015 after coaching for 10 seasons CSU Pueblo. In his 31-year head coaching career, Drown compiled a 495-412 overall head coaching record that included stops at Southwest Baptist, Georgia Southwestern and Grand Canyon.

Assistant coach Lisa Jackson has been named the interim coach, and national search for a replacement will begin immediately.

The athletics department will not make further comments on the search for the next head coach until the process is complete.

Photo Courtesy GSU Athletics


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