Misty Wilson out as Tarleton head coach

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DCTB has confirmed that Misty Wilson will not return as Tarleton women’s basketball head coach. Wilson spent the last nine years in charge of the Texans and recently completed year three of a four-year transition to NCAA Division I. Wilson finishes with a 146-114 overall record. The university had no comment at this time.

The news is somewhat surprising, considering sources had indicated that Tarleton’s President, Dr. James Hurley, had committed to allowing every coach to finish the transition process before deciding their future with their respective program.

In 2021-2022, Tarleton went 16-13 overall with an 8-10 record in the WAC. The Texans began this season 6-3 before a rash of injuries led to a 2-18 finish, including a 2-16 mark in the WAC.

It is difficult to find someone that bleeds purple like Wilson. She began playing for Tarleton in 1998 after being offered a chance to compete following a pickup basketball game at practice against the scholarship players. Four years later, Wilson departed as a member of Tarleton’s Hall of Fame as an athlete.

Wilson then embarked on a 21-year coaching career with the Texans. She posted a winning record in seven of her nine seasons as head coach. Before beginning the transition to Division I, Wilson led the Texans to 20-win seasons in each of the program’s final three years at Division II and was the LSC tournament champion in 2016-2017.

In addition, she led Tarleton to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional from 2016-2019. Wilson never had a home record below .500 in her nine campaigns.

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