Chris Plonsky

When the women’s rowing team takes to Lady Bird Lake on Saturday to compete in the Head of the Colorado regatta, it will mark the first race in the program’s history without former head coach Carie Graves, who helped start the program in 1998 and announced her retirement in May. 

Instead, the team is now in the hands of Dave O’Neill, a fresh face in Austin but a familiar sight at the NCAA Championships every spring.
During his 16 seasons as the head coach at UC-Berkeley, O’Neill won two NCAA team titles and led the Golden Bears to the NCAA Championships every year, earning him two National Coach of the Year awards. Given his success, O’Neill said he was ready for a new challenge once the top job opened up at Texas. 

“I felt the timing was right,” O’Neill said. “I had great success at Cal. I was really proud of everything we accomplished, and I worked with some wonderful, wonderful people, but then the last few years I started thinking, ‘Could there be something bigger and better?’ I don’t think it was necessarily a mid-life crisis, but I think I was certainly at a point in my career where it’s like, OK, I’ve been at Cal; I did a great job, and now I think I’m fortunate that I’m young enough that I can maybe go somewhere else and make a big mark and do something special.”

O’Neill said women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky’s commitment to raising the profile of Texas rowing, in addition to the size and resources of the University, is ultimately what drew him to Texas. 

“One of the things that Chris Plonsky said to me was, ‘We know we can be good at this sport. We know we should be good at this sport. We want to be good at this sport and good in terms of amongst the top programs in the country,’” O’Neill said. “And that’s entirely why I came.”

Texas won four consecutive Big 12 championships from 2009 to 2012, a streak that ended when Oklahoma edged out the Longhorns to capture the 2013 title. After a fourth-place finish for the Longhorns in 2014, O’Neill said he plans on using the races in the fall, which do not count toward the team’s ranking, to prepare for the more important regattas in the spring. 

Something that guides me every day is, ‘The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing,’ and the main thing is go fast on May 17, the Big 12 Championship,” O’Neill said. “So the fall is entirely about preparing for the spring. There’s three things we have to do: We have to get fitter physically; we’ve got to get better technically; and then we’ve got to improve the culture of the team.”

O’Neill’s résumé also includes stints as the head coach for the U.S. Women’s Under-23 National Team and coaching at the 2012 London Olympics. However, he said he most enjoys the aspects of competition that are unique to collegiate rowing. 

“The Olympics are super cool, but the NCAA regatta is the only championship regatta in the world where every boat is dependent on every other boat for their own success,” O’Neill said. 

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Newly appointed men’s athletic director Steve Patterson said he looks forward to the opportunity to return to Texas, but does not plan on making any significant changes to the program. 

“I don’t see it as a situation where we need a dramatic turnaround,” Patterson said. “I don’t anticipate monstrous changes.”

At a press conference Tuesday, UT President William Powers Jr. officially welcomed and introduced Patterson and his family to the University. He said finding an individual who is a “great fit” for the University is paramount to the success of the athletic department. 

“Jim Collins famously said that the key to an organization’s success is getting the right people on the bus and get them in the right seat,” Powers said. “We had the right person on the bus with DeLoss Dodds, we have the right person on the bus with Chris Plonsky, and now we have the right person on the bus with Steve Patterson.”

Powers said Patterson’s interview process did not include conversations about any of the University’s current athletic programs.  

“We did not discuss plans or make plans for any existing programs in any specific sense,” Powers said.

Patterson said his departure from Arizona State University will come as a disappointment to some, as has received criticism from some ASU officials for leaving the program after a little over one year. 

Mark Killian, vice chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, said he disapproved of the financial motivations he thought were behind Patterson’s decision.

“We’ve devolved in our society — that money speaks louder than words,” Killian said. “And that’s a damn shame.” 

Patterson said discussions between he and Powers were never centered around compensation.

Patterson, who has family and friends residing in Texas, did not deny his compensation at UT as being substantial. 

“My wife’s got family in Houston, my mother and my brother live here in Texas, [and] I have a lot of great friends and business associates here,” Patterson said. “I’m not going to deny that I’m well compensated. I’ve been well compensated as an executive for a lot of years. I could’ve stayed at ASU, but this is really a homecoming.”

Women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky said the department is very excited about Patterson’s move to Austin.

“This will be a strong transition,” Plonsky said. “You can see his passion for college athletics [and] he was somewhat taken with the thought that he was home. A guy who has had that much experience in the professional ranks, to still see the great stories that come out of dealing with the student athlete population and to be moved by that enough to stay in it and assume the role that he is at a great University — I think that speaks volumes about the man.” 

Football head coach Mack Brown welcomes members of the Neighborhood Longhorns Program into Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on Monday evening.

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UT athletics coaches and former athletes gathered with guests of the 13th annual Dine with a Coach event, featuring a live auction to celebrate and raise funds for the work of Neighborhood Longhorns Program

The event took place Monday night in the Red McCombs Red Zone at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and featured speakers such as women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky as well as Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement.

The athletic department established the Neighborhood Longhorns Program as an educational incentive program providing services to socioeconomically disadvantaged students in 30 schools.

According to Vincent, this is one of the three signature events for the Neighborhood Longhorns Program and it raises money to provide academic incentives to students who go to title one schools in the Austin Independent School District. 

“Over the years we have served over 80,000 students,” Vincent said. “We have been able to provide tutoring academic incentives and for many of these neighborhood Longhorns, the opportunity to visit the 40 Acres for the first time. Through community support, we make this campus real to them.”

The event included appearances by Bevo, the Longhorn Band, Texas Cheer and Pom and four Neighborhood Longhorns kids themselves. The program auctioned off a chance to spend a day under the football instruction of Colt McCoy and his friends or a plane ride with stunt pilot David Martin.

Government junior Chase Jubinsky said he worked for the admissions office of the program and helped with one of their events this spring. 

“We helped coordinate bringing an admissions speaker to their event and we gave some tours to some middle school kids who were visiting campus,” Jubinsky said. “It’s great to see all of the coaches in one giant community today.”

Vincent said the coaches attended the event to work with the supporters of the program and to match their interests. He said it is a great opportunity for some of these guests and supporters to connect with the coaches.

Plonksy said the Neighborhood Longhorn Program focuses on allowing UT’s young people to serve as role models for future students. 

“This program was really structured within the heart of our student athletes, many of whom their first chance to go to college was because someone gave them a chance or was their mentor or inspiration,” Plonsky said. “Mack [Brown] has this great phrase. ‘We want to win as many games as we can, all of them if possible, with respectful responsible young people who graduate.’” 

Plonsky said the work of the program sends a message throughout the nation about the mission of the University.

“[We support the program] because that’s what we hope we’re sending in terms of the signal about what we’re accomplishing at the University of Texas,” Plonsky said.

Printed on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 as: Dining for education 

Texas women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky speaks about Title IX in the UTC Wednesday evening. 

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Chris Plonsky, UT women’s athletics director since 2001, presented a talk Wednesday evening called “Title IX and the Future of Women’s Athletics,” which focused on the history of Title IX, a law equalizing opportunities in education, and its relationship to UT. 

Title IX, a segment of the Education Amendments of 1972, forbids exclusion on the basis of gender from any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The law has since allowed many female student-athletes an opportunity to compete and receive scholarships for athletic excellence. Plonsky said UT is the only university that has not had to drop a men’s sport in order to finance a growing women’s athletic program.

During her talk Plonsky said Title IX initially had little association with sports. 

“It was originally intended to offer equal financial and educational opportunities to women,” she said. “It wasn’t associated with sports. It was a law solely intended to improve our education system.”

Despite its early focus on education, Plonsky said Title IX is responsible for much of the success the UT sports program experiences today.

“Our winnings, our offerings, our reputation is at its best today because of Title IX’s initial passing,” she said. 

Plonsky said that Title IX recruited and offered scholarships to many young women who might not have had the chance to attend UT otherwise.

“It’s not about sports. It’s not about numbers. It’s about opportunities,” Plonsky said.

Paige Bauerkemper, an educational psychology graduate student, said she was surprised by the talk although she previously studied female student-athletes.

“I was really impressed to hear how UT was such a pioneering factor in women’s sports,” Bauerkemper said. 

Charles Lu, the program coordinator for the Distinguished Speaker Series, said he hoped students’ general interest in UT athletics would incite them to learn more about the program’s past.

“I try to choose topics I think the students would find of interest. I think it’s important that we understand the history behind school sports,” Lu said.

Printed on Thursday, January 31, 2013 as: Athletics Director shines light on historical Title IX 

Jerritt Elliott’s Texas volleyball team achieved what he, and his players, had long coveted: a national championship. And with that accomplishment comes a burnt orange check.

According to documents obtained by The Daily Texan, Elliott will take home an additional $77,000 in athletic incentives on top of his yearly salary of $178,000 plus the use of a car. He will also receive $10,000 in academic incentives, bringing his yearly total to $265,000.

The 44-year-old Elliott received $10,000 for making the final and $25,000 for winning. He also received $5,000 for each win in the tournament, as well as $5,000 for qualifying. Other athletic incentives include $15,000 for winning the Big 12 Conference Championship, $2,000 for winning Big 12 Coach of the Year and $5,000 for winning the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year.

Chris Plonsky, women’s head athletics director, said Elliott has defined the volleyball culture at Texas.

“He was the one who thought of having students along the court during the games,” Plonsky said. “He personally called every season ticket holder and said, ‘Could we please fill it with students?’ and all those people very gladly went along with it.”

Comparatively, head football coach Mack Brown receives $5.3 million per year, making him among the highest-paid college football coaches in the country, floating near the top of a list that includes Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. 

A national championship victory in 2009 would have earned Brown an additional $450,000.

Despite a large difference in national championship compensation between university coaches, Plonsky said salary comparisons have never been a point of contention.

“We don’t compare it and say Coach A got this and Coach B got this,” Plonsky said. “We say this is what we negotiated, and contracts are meant to be reviewed. Every coach is responsible for their team, and they drive energy off each other.”

The volleyball team’s championship run also means bonuses for the rest of the coaching staff. Associate head coach Salima Rockwell will receive an additional $35,500, while assistant coach Erik Sullivan will net $32,000. Rockwell has been with the team since 2009 and Sullivan since 2011. 

In his 12 years at Texas, Elliott has consistently nabbed top-notch recruits, to go with five Big 12 championships and two national championship appearances, including this year’s national championship title over Oregon. He has a 270-75 career record at Texas.

Along the way, Elliott coached Destinee Hooker, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. This year Haley Eckerman and Khat Bell garnered conference recognitions and other awards throughout the season and afterward. 

Plonsky said the team’s win is a positive one for women’s sports on campus. 

“We tell all 11 of our women’s sports teams that women’s athletics are respected on this campus,” she said. “You’re considered as marvelous an athlete and a student as any, and I think it’s a tribute to how long we’ve had women’s athletics here and the respect women’s athletics gets here.”


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New women’s track and field head coach Rose Brimmer comes to Texas with a versatile resume and optimistic attitude.  The team will compete in Houston this weekend.   

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When women’s athletics director Chris Plonsky told Rose Brimmer she would become interim head coach upon Beverly Kearney’s resignation, Brimmer first contacted her husband.

“Really?” he said.

Leo Brimmer wasn’t fazed. Brimmer’s daughter, Bria, set the South Carolina State University record for most single-season assists when playing on its volleyball team, and her son, Brodney, has experience playing defensive back at OU and in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. And Rose? Her sports career has leaped far beyond her college hurdle experience: from volleyball and track and field captain at the former Texas A&I University in Kingsville to coaching in the high school arena and at Texas.

Rose Brimmer began work at Westbury High School in Houston in 1986. Teaching and coaching athletes to the national level, Brimmer’s athletic oversight included track and field, cross country, basketball and volleyball. But when the Longhorn staff wanted an addition, Brimmer seized the opportunity. 

“I came here as a sprints and hurdles coach but I became a field events coach because I did jumps and sprints in college,” Brimmer said. “I hadn’t done throws but I acquired it when I got here.”

Joining the UT staff in the 2004-05 season, Brimmer mentored then-sophomore Michelle Carter as she broke the school shot put record. Since then, she has guided the high jumps of All-American Victoria Lucas and NCAA champion Destinee Hooker, the long jumps of 4-time NCAA champion Marshevet Hooker, Destinee’s older sister, and NCAA champion Alexandria Anderson and the pole vault of Ashley Laughlin. Lucas and the Hooker sisters went on to compete in the Olympics.

“Because I’ve coached everything now for quite some time, I think I know a little bit about everything,” Brimmer said. “I can go from event to event and actually know what I’m talking about.”

Before Brimmer’s ninth season this year, Kearney resigned as head coach of the women’s track and field program. UT head coach since 1993, the highly decorated Kearney admitted to an intimate consensual relationship with a student-athlete in her program beginning in 2002. Although the reported relationship ended about eight years ago, the University “determined it was no longer appropriate for Coach Kearney to serve as head coach or to work directly with our student-athletes,” according to a statement released by Patti Ohlendorf, vice president for legal affairs.

Brimmer finds Kearney influenced her coaching style tremendously.

“I came in here winning so I always knew how to win but I’ve learned to set higher goals from Coach Kearney — she never gives up,” Brimmer said. “I never have [either] but I learned from working with her that it was OK to be that way.”

Brimmer now oversees the long sprinters, throwers and the jumpers while assistant coach Stephen Sisson guides distance runners. To fill the vacancy of a third coaching position, longtime volunteer assistant coach Michelle Freeman assumed the role of interim assistant coach, a UT spokeswoman confirmed to The Daily Texan on Tuesday. With three Olympics under her belt, a 1997 World Indoor Championship in 60-meter hurdles and four school records at Florida, Freeman moved from team strength coach last season to short sprints. 

The juggled staff hasn’t changed its goal: to gain confidence and a national championship, Brimmer said. But it has altered its strategy.

“We’re putting more people in more events,” Brimmer said. “A lot of times we’d specialize and just have them do one event to try and get a max. But [now] if they’re good at two, we’re putting them in two and hoping they’re scoring in both.”

Brimmer remains optimistic, believing the team boasts stronger quarter-milers this season and sophomore sprinters “a year older, a year wiser, a year better.”

With her increased leadership and a squad brimming with talent, Brimmer coaches as she always has: by teaching.

“Compared to most collegiate coaches, I was a teacher for twenty years,” Brimmer said. “I’m a teacher first and a coach second.”

The women’s track and field team competes this weekend at the UH Leonard Hilton Invite.

Published on January 16, 2013 as "Brimmer brings experience, determination to succeed". 


Jerritt Elliott has been a constant presence in Gregory Gym for the past 12 years. Along with swimming head coach Eddie Reese, Elliott is one of the only coaches on campus whose team has consistently performed at or above expectations.

“You just got to find a way to play just a little bit better than the other team,” Elliott said. “You just got to find a way to win. You can’t look too far ahead, you got to live in the moment.”

His record speaks for itself. Elliot holds a 266-75 record as the head coach at Texas over 11 years. Texas has finished its season in the Top 10 each of the last six seasons. The Longhorns have been to numerous NCAA tournament matches and have advanced as far as the championship match in 2009, which was lost in five sets to Penn State. In 2009, Elliott led the Longhorns to an almost undefeated season with the only loss during the regular season against Iowa State.

“Experience,” Elliott said of what aids him most as a head coach. “When I look back, to when [women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky] hired me here at 32 years old and all that I’ve learned.”

He has led Texas to five Big 12 Championships including back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Elliott has coached five eventual Big 12 Players of the Year, including the last four recipients which includes current sophomore outside hitter Haley Eckerman who was recently named the 2012 recipient of the award.

Elliott is also considered to be one of the best volleyball recruiters in the country. As the head coach of the Longhorns, Elliott has brought in six top-two recruiting classes which includes the 2012 and 2011 recruiting classes. Only one of Elliott’s classes was not ranked. His 2011 class, which included Eckerman and middle blocker/outside hitter Khat Bell, was the top class in the country.

What makes a good coach is the ability to push a team to victory while maintaining morals and a set of standards both on and off the field. Elliott was brought to Texas to do just that. His mission was to restore Texas Volleyball to a national name and bring home victories.

“Jerritt has strengthened and re-energized our volleyball program since his arrival,” Plonsky said when Elliott’s contract was extended. “He came to Texas at a point where the volleyball program needed to be re-seeded in every way. Jerritt and his staff have elevated our volleyball program nationally.

Though he has yet to win a national championship while at Texas, it is only a matter of time. While the head coach at Southern California, Elliott recruited classes that went on to earn national titles in 2002 and 2003 after he left for Texas. During his first year as the interim head coach with the Trojans, and his first season as a college-level head coach, Elliott posted a 13-5 conference record, the best finish by a first year coach in conference history.

“There is just so many things that go on as head coach,” Elliott said. “But the most important thing is managing players and making sure they are in a good frame of mind and making sure they are competitive.”

He has a history of cultivating phenomenal volleyball players. Elliott recruited and coached Destinee Hooker, 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member, and was constantly touted as one of the best volleyball players in the world. He has produced 12 All-Americans and 15 All-Big 12 members.

Personally, Elliott is a four time AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year, four time Big 12 Coach of the Year, and two time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

“What I’ve learned is that you can not look ahead, you got to take it one game at a time, that is what we have been talking about with the players,” Elliott said. “You can’t look too far head, you got to live in the moment.”

Longhorn Network launch date announced

Longhorn Network, the 24-hour cable channel collaboration between ESPN and UT, will launch Aug. 26.

“It’s no coincidence launch coincides with the start of the school year,” said athletic director Chris Plonsky. “It’s when the action starts.”

Live events are planned for the launch, Plonsky said.

Several shows were also announced, including “Longhorn Extra,” a nightly UT sports news show, and “Texas All Access,” a weekly show that will give behind-the-scenes looks at University teams and groups, including the football team.

“We’re going to be able to give fans of Texas and college football an inside look at our program like nobody’s seen before,” UT football coach Mack Brown said in a press release. “It will give them a chance to see what it’s like to be a Longhorn and get to know all the coaches, players and everyone involved in it on a much more personal basis. It’s a very exciting opportunity for us, and one we’re thrilled to be partnered with ESPN on. We’re eagerly awaiting the start of the season and the launch of the network in August.”

Six years after leaving her post as recruiting coordinator at Texas, Karen Aston has rejoined the Longhorns, this time as their head coach.

Aston, who is just the fourth head coach in program history, was introduced in a press conference at the Denton A. Cooley Pavilion on Tuesday morning. Although the full details of the contract have yet to be released, it will be a five-year agreement that includes extension language.

“I’m thrilled to be back,” Aston said. “It’s great to be back at Texas and have the opportunity to coach these young women.”

Aston served under Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Jody Conradt as an assistant at Texas from 1998-2006. During their eight years together, the two led the Longhorns to seven tournament appearances, including a Final Four appearance in 2003.

“Aside from my high school coach, the biggest influence in my life as a basketball coach has been Jody Conradt,” Aston said. “She made a tremendous difference in my life. I didn’t know that until I left Texas. There is nobody that bleeds orange like she does. If I can do anything even close to what Jody did as far as building tradition here at Texas, then I’ll do my job well.”

During her first stint with the Longhorns and throughout her coaching career, Aston has been known for her energetic coaching style and her relentlessness on the recruiting trail.

Over the course of her time as recruiting coordinator at Texas, the Longhorns brought in several high school McDonald’s All-Americans, including Tiffany Jackson and Erika Arriaran, both of whom were ranked first in the country in their respective recruiting classes.

Women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky and the Texas fan base will both be expecting more of the same this time around.

Aston knows the importance of recruiting in the Big 12 and stressed the need for the Longhorns to reestablish themselves as a recruiting power in the state of Texas.

“I’m excited about the opportunity for me and for Texas to reconnect,” Aston said. “But I will say that it’s amazing once you’ve been in Texas and you’ve developed the relationships, the roots are here. High school coaches, they don’t leave Texas. So they’re still there. I’m still very connected with everyone across the state.”

Since leaving the Longhorns, Aston has coached in the state of Texas as an assistant under Kim Mulkey at Baylor in 2006-2007 and as the head coach at North Texas last season. She spent four years out of state as the head coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in between.

As for Aston’s energy and intensity, the players have already been impressed. Aston met with the team for the first time on Monday night and, according to Plonsky, the players were very excited about the team’s new leadership.

“They were fired up and they were cheery,” Plonsky said. “I was not in the players’ meeting last night but I introduced her to them. I sat in the coaches’ office next door, and when they came out, the kids were amazingly connected.”

Kim Mulkey, who has led Baylor to a 38-0 record this year, would be an ideal fit as the headcoach at Texas but would not likely accept the job.

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Finding a new coach is never an easy task for an athletic department, but when the vacancy results from an abrupt resignation by one of the most successful women’s basketball coaches in the past fifteen years, the task gets tougher.

“You always have a short list in your pocket no matter what happens,” said women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky. “Things can happen in sports that just don’t make sense and the timing is never good. People can be in accidents, you can lose people for bizarre reasons and you always have to be prepared.”

Thankfully for Plonsky, former head coach Gail Goestenkors’ decision to end her tenure as head coach of the Longhorns was brought to her attention before Goestenkors went public last week.

“Ironically the very first time [Goestenkors] talked to me was at a very critical point in our season where we just had an unbelievable game; I think it was against Oklahoma [Feb. 25],” she said.

A quick glance at the job listing on the UT Direct website for the newly open position reveals some basic, yet interesting, requirements for anyone that feels they are a suitable candidate to fill the opening. Casual applicants need not apply, however.

Obviously some sort of coaching experience at the D-I level is required, but there’s also an emphasis on player development and goals that include competing for both conference and national titles.

In a perfect world, coaches like Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, Texas A&M’s Gary Blair and even Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale would all be sitting near a phone anxiously awaiting a call from Plonsky. But with two national titles and countless Final Four appearances between the trio, a move to Texas could be considered lateral, if not a downgrade. Not to mention that the earliest any of their contracts expire is in 2015. Also, Coale receives a country club membership and 20 hours of private plane usage a year as part of her newly restricted contract — she’s not going anywhere.

No one’s exactly sure what Plonsky’s short list looks like as of now, but she may not have to look any further than the current coaching staff.

LaKale Malone has been with the Texas program since 2007 and has shown a knack for recruiting elite talent, signing five McDonald’s All-Americans in as many years. Malone may not have deep Texas ties that may be a huge boon to her recruiting prowess, but she comes from a basketball-rich background that could give her an edge over other candidates.

A four-year letter winner at Indiana from 1994-1999, Malone has also held assistant coaching positions at Wagner, Bradley and Nebraska, where she helped the Cornhuskers reach the NCAA tournament in 2007 and make three appearances in the WNIT tournament. Malone gained further postseason experience as a part of Goestenkors staff and is regarded very highly by her former staffers.

“LaKale is one of the rising young stars in the coaching profession,” Gostenkors said. “She understands the Big 12 Conference well, which is a huge asset to our program. She is very genuine and players and staff alike relate very well to her. LaKale has high energy, a great knowledge of the game, a tremendous work ethic and great passion — coaching traits which are essential for us in our quest to win championships.”

Ron Hughey hasn’t been in Austin quite as long as Malone, but he deserves to be considered as a potential replacement to Goestenkors. Like Malone, Hughey is known best for his recruiting and development of post players, a useful skill with 6-foot-7 prep standout Imani Stafford set to join the Longhorns this offseason. Hughey spent three years as an assistant at South Carolina State from 2004-2007 before accepting a job at South Carolina, where he remained for just a year. Hughey then landed at Central Florida in 2009, where Golden Knights won five straight games in the C-USA tournament to receive an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament. He then served another one-year stint as an assistant at Rutgers, helping the Scarlet Knights reach the NCAA tournament in 2010.

“Ron has a great combination of passion and coaching experience that make him a terrific fit for Texas women’s basketball,” Goestenkors said. “His enthusiasm allows him to be an excellent recruiter, and his passion comes through in everything that he says and does. He is also a tremendous post coach and he has worked with and developed several great post players.”

Malone and Hughey have rather slim resumes compared to some of the top coaches in the game right now, but both possess qualities that make them more than suitable head coach candidates.

Plonsky’s decision will come soon enough, but there is certainly talent readily available. Whoever is chosen as the next coach will have to turn things around quickly, as expectations are higher than ever on the 40 Acres.

Printed on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 as: Who will be Goestenkors' successor?