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Aston to be New UT Women's Basketball Head Coach


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DENVER — Karen Aston will be the new women’s basketball coach at the University of Texas, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.

Mulkey said Aston — a former assistant coach under Mulkey at Baylor — had texted her with the news. University of Texas regents will meet Monday to discuss authorizing UT officials to conduct contract negotiations with a new coach.

“This has to be her dream job,” Mulkey said after Baylor’s hourlong practice Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

Neither Aston nor Texas women’s athletics director Chris Plonsky could be reached for comment Saturday. They were not checked into the hotel reserved for coaches and university administrators in Denver for the NCAA women’s tournament.

Aston, 47, is believed to be the only candidate to interview on the UT campus this week. While serving as a UT assistant coach to Jody Conradt from 1998 to 2006, Aston was known as a very capable recruiter. The Horns were 173-83 in that span, reaching the NCAA tournament seven times, advancing to the Sweet 16 twice and playing in the 2003 Final Four.

“For her to be the next head coach at Texas, I can’t wait to see her and give her a big hug,” Mulkey said.

Aston would succeed Gail Goestenkors, who resigned March 20 after five seasons with the Longhorns.

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