Following the conclusion of the 2018-19 basketball season, Texas A&M-Kingsville Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation Steve Roach announced a change in the women’s basketball leadership on Wednesday, as head coach Wade Scott and assistant coach DJ Slifer will not have their contracts renewed for the following year.
“We appreciate Wade Scott and his staff’s dedication and commitment to the women’s basketball program, this university and the local community over the last five years,” said Roach. “However, at this time, we determined that a change in leadership is in the best interest for Javelina women’s basketball. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
During Scott’s tenure at the helm of the Javelinas, TAMUK posted a record of 36-100 overall and 19-73 in Lone Star Conference contests. The team finished eighth in the league to make the LSC Tournament on two occasions, first in 2016-17 that resulted in a 69-67 upset win in overtime against top-seeded Eastern New Mexico on March 2, 2017.
The win over the Greyhounds was the first in LSC Tournament history where the eighth seed upset the top seed.
The Javelinas also made the tournament this past season, but couldn’t recapture the magic that led them to a win over a ranked West Texas A&M squad earlier in the year, as the top-seeded Lady Buffs handed TAMUK a 74-51 loss to end the campaign.
The Blue and Gold bested WT, ranked second at the time in the WBCA poll, on January 10 at 86-84 in the SPEC with all five Javelina starters scoring in double figures.
As head coach, Scott’s players received one Third Team All-LSC accolade, with junior Brynae Thompson (Houston, Texas) taking the honor in 2019, along with three honorable mention selections and one All-Academic award.
Scott originally joined TAMUK as the 13th head coach in program history ahead of the 2014-15 season. He came to Kingsville after eight years as a coach on the Houston women’s basketball staff.
A national search for a new head coach will commence immediately.DII LSC TAMUK