DeMoss rejoins UT pal Summitt
Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 5:00 pm
By: By BETH RUCKER, Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Mickie DeMoss is returning to Tennessee, where she previously spent 18 years as a Lady Vols assistant coach and was a part of six national championship seasons.
DeMoss left coach Pat Summitt’s staff seven seasons ago for the head coaching position at Kentucky.
Four seasons later, she abruptly resigned from Kentucky and later joined coach Gail Goestenkors’ staff at Texas as an assistant.
“It is just great to be coming back to Knoxville,” DeMoss said. “The University of Tennessee, the Lady Vol family and the Knoxville community have always been such a big part of my life.
“I was honored and excited when Pat asked if I would be interested in coming back to Tennessee.”
A 33-year coaching veteran, the former Louisiana Tech point guard will fill the vacancy created when Lady Volunteers’ special assistant Stephanie Glance was recently hired as the Illinois State coach.
“I guess Mickie had the seven-year itch,” Summitt said. “Seriously, we are thrilled to have Mickie back in the Lady Vol program. She is tied in to so much of our championship success throughout the years.
“Her resume is so much richer now as a result of her experiences over the past seven years,” Summitt said.
DeMoss was named the 2005-06 Southeastern Conference coach of the year after leading Kentucky to a 22-9 record, their first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven seasons and a win over UT.