Texas women's basketball has hired highly-acclaimed Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer as just the fifth head coach in program history.
Schaefer took over at Mississippi State in 2012. The program had just six total NCAA Tournament appearances at the time. Schaefer had the Bulldogs in the tournament by year three and never looked back.
Over his seven full years with the Bulldogs, Schaefer earned a Sweet Sixteen, an Elite Eight and two national championship game appearances. His Mississippi State teams finished top-two in the SEC – a highly competitive basketball conference – for five straight seasons. ESPN projected Mississippi State as a three-seed in the 2020 tournament. There are few coaches in Mississippi State history across any sport that are more revered than Schaefer.
While his head coaching success came in Mississippi, Schaefer is a Texan through and through. He is a Houston native who graduated from Texas A&M and served as an assistant under Gary Blair from 2003 to 2012. Schaefer was part of the Aggies team that won the 2011 national championship.
Schaefer ranked among the highest-paid coaches in women's basketball. His deal in 2018 bumped his pay to approximately $1.6 million. Mississippi State sources are reporting that their athletic department offered to outbid Texas – but the allure of coming home to his native Texas was too much.
Texas' new hire is a clear indicator that the Longhorns want to compete with national power Baylor and newly named Basketball Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey for Big 12 dominance. The Lady Bears have won three national championships and 10 consecutive Big 12 championships.
Former Texas coach Karen Aston helped take Texas back to the level of Jody Conradt, leading the Longhorns to an Elite Eight in 2016 and nabbing four consecutive Sweet 16 appearances. However, Aston went just 1-18 against Baylor. She finished with a combined 184-83 record in eight seasons.
In his lone head coaching appearance against Baylor, Schaefer led the Bulldogs to a 94-85 win in overtime in 2017 to knock the Lady Bears out of the NCAA Tournament.