Texas women’s basketball coach Karen Aston will not return as head coach after eight seasons with the program. Aston’s contract expires on Aug. 31, 2020.
“This was an extremely difficult decision as Coach Aston’s contract was up and we put a great deal of thought into it, but decided not to extend it,” said Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte in a statement. “We recognize the challenge of making a change in this particular springtime, but there is never a right time for a difficult decision like this.”
Aston compiled a 184-83 record in eight seasons at Texas, including 93-51 in Big 12 play. The Longhorns made four straight Sweet 16 appearances between 2015 and 2018, including an Elite Eight in 2016. However, the Longhorns failed to ever unseat Baylor for the Big 12 championship. Texas went 1-18 against Kim Mulkey's Lady Bears under Aston.
Texas compiled a 19-11 record and 11-7 conference mark in Aston’s last season. ESPN’s Charlie Creme projected the Longhorns as a 10-seed before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled. That would be the worst seed since Texas missed the tournament in 2013.
A national coaching search will begin immediately to find the next head coach at Texas. The decision comes days after Texas opted to retain men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart.