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Lady Techster coaching search begins

March 27, 2014

 

 

Teresa Weatherspoon was relieved of her duties on March 15 after leading the Lady Techsters to their first two losing seasons in the history of the program. –Photo by Ruben R. Ramirez/El Paso Times

Teresa Weatherspoon was relieved of her duties on March 15 after leading the Lady Techsters to their first two losing seasons in the history of the program. –Photo by Ruben R. Ramirez/El Paso Times

Kaleb Causey
Editor-in-Chief

 

The search for the next head coach of the historic Lady Techster’s basketball team is underway after Louisiana Tech University athletics director Tommy McClelland announced earlier this month that Teresa Weatherspoon had been relieved of her duties.

 

Weatherspoon had served in a coaching capacity at Tech since the summer of 2008, when she was hired as the associate head coach under then head coach Chris Long.

She was named interim head coach in February 2009 and named head coach April 2, 2009.

 

“We are grateful for the loyal and dedicated service Teresa has given to the program during her tenure,” McClelland said. “She is a big part of this storied program, and her accomplishments as a Louisiana Tech player and coach will always be remembered.”

 

In her college days, Weatherspoon lead the Lady Techsters in their run to the 1988 NCAA Division I national championship and was named the Wade Trophy winner, which is given to the top women’s basketball player.

 

In her capacity as head coach, Weatherspoon had a record of 99-71, including two NCAA tournament appearances.

 

However, in the last two seasons, the Lady Techster’s were 12-20 and 14-17, the only losing seasons in Techster history.

 

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“In 40 years, we’ve only had two losing seasons and it happened to be these last two seasons,” McClelland said. “I think if you’re going to make a change and you believe you can get to another level, you’ve got to stop that negative moment as soon as possible to try and change that course.”

 

McClelland has seen some negative reaction from former Bulldog Karl Malone, as he took to Twitter after the firing to voice his concerns.

 

“I am ashamed, once again, on the way the powers to be handled the situation,” Malone tweeted. “So Until Louisiana Tech starts to think about the students and student athletes, my family and I will no longer give financial support to the school.”

 

McClelland said he understands why Malone is upset but he has to do what is right for the university and hopes that Malone will remain connected with Tech.

 

The national search for a replacement has already begun and will serve as McClelland’s first hire since being introduced as athletics director last summer.

 

“Lady Techster basketball has a great tradition and a tremendous national reputation,” he said. “The measuring stick for success in women’s basketball at Louisiana Tech is higher than most programs around the country. The university is committed to reviving the competitiveness of the Lady Techsters.”

 

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