Kristy Curry steps down as Lady Raider HC.
Texas Tech women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry has accepted the coaching job at Alabama, the Avalanche-Journal learned Saturday.
Curry, 46, interviewed with the Crimson Tide earlier this week.
Moments after the A-J’s initial story was posted online, Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt released a statement addressing the situation.
“Earlier this morning, I met with Coach Curry and she informed me that she would be resigning from Texas Tech in order to take the head coaching position at the University of Alabama,” Hocutt’s statement read. “A national search for her replacement is underway and the immediate interest in the job has been tremendous.
“The Lady Raider Basketball program is steeped in history and tradition and its head coaching position is one of the top jobs in this country. We will work as expeditiously as possible with the goal to find the candidate that is the right fit for Texas Tech University and can lead our pursuit of championships and academic excellence.”
Former Tech coach Marsha Sharp, who the national championship in 1993 and is a member of the hall of fame, also released a statement via Tech athletics.
Curry was Sharp’s successor.
“I wish Kristy and Kelly (Curry) the best of luck at the University of Alabama,” Sharp said in the statement. “I have every confidence that Kirby Hocutt will do an excellent job with this search and find someone who will do a terrific job. I look forward to following this program in the future and know there are many great times ahead for Lady Raider Basketball and our tremendous fans.”
Curry’s departure marks a complete coaching turnover of Tech’s four main-sports — football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball — in less than a year.
She is the second coach to leave for a different job, joining former football coach Tommy Tuberville, who bolted for Cincinnati unexpectedly after only three years in Lubbock. Men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie resigned before the season amid allegations of player mistreatment and health issues, and baseball coach Dan Spencer was fired after missing the NCAA tournament in each of his four seasons and posting a 44-61 record in Big 12 Conference play.
Like Tuberville, Curry’s move is to a school with a perceived lower prestige than Tech in her respective sport. Alabama women’s basketball has not advanced to the NCAA Tournament since 1999.
The Southeastern Conference school parted ways with former coach Wendell Hudson on April 22, who had gone 68-87 in his five years at Alabama, including 14-64 in league play. He was reassigned to an administrative role within the Alabama athletics department.
The move ends a seven-year tenure for Curry, who was 130-98 during her career at Tech. She had two winless trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a first-round exit this past season.
Curry signed a five-year extension to stay at Tech following the 2011 season, which marked her first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
She was scheduled to make $750,000 in the upcoming season, $775,000 in 2014-2015 and $800,000 in 2015-2016.
This week’s revelation wasn’t the first time Curry interviewed with an SEC school during her time at Tech.
Curry, who came to Tech after a highly successful seven-year stint at Purdue, interviewed with LSU in 2011, shortly before receiving her contract extension.