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    USC women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh, who guided the Women of Troy the past four seasons, announced today (April 21) that he is retiring. This was Trakh's second stint as USC's head coach. He is the second winningest women's basketball coach in USC history behind Linda Sharp, with a 155-114 record.

    LSU women's basketball coach Nikki Fargas has stepped down to pursue another opportunity, the university announced on Saturday. While LSU did not disclose where Fargas was headed next, she has been in negotiations to take over as team president of the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces, people familiar with those discussions have told The Associated Press.

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    Rumor mill is churning like crazy that Mulkey will leave Baylor to take the LSU job. That would be HUGE. A lot of smoke, we'll see if there's any fire.

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    Sounds like it's official, Mulkey to LSU. Wow, this is HUGE! Baylor's stranglehold on the Big 12 will probably end after another season or two. SEC got more competitive.

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    From ESPN:

    Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey leaves Baylor for LSU
    Alex Scarborough
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey, who won three national championships in 21 seasons at Baylor, is leaving for LSU.

    LSU announced the blockbuster hire on Sunday.

    Mulkey, who grew up in Tickfaw, Louisiana, will be introduced in a news conference on Monday.

    "Kim Mulkey is a champion and a Hall of Famer, and we are thrilled to welcome her home," said LSU director of athletics Scott Woodward in a statement. "Her accomplishments are unprecedented, her passion is unrivaled, and her commitment to winning in all aspects of life -- in the classroom, on the court, and in the community -- is unparalleled. We look forward to working with her as she instills that championship culture at LSU."

    Mulkey, 58, took over a Baylor program in 2000 that had never reached the NCAA tournament. The Lady Bears have missed the tournament only once since then and won the national championship in 2005, 2012 and 2019.

    Mulkey played at Louisiana Tech, where she later spent 15 years as an assistant and associate head coach.
    You can read the entire article here: https://www.espn.com/womens-college-...ves-baylor-lsu

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    It is my 'understanding' that Oregons assistant coach " is leaving for " Sac St" in the Big Sky and taking a few Oregon people with him. Pacific's Tillman is transferring there for one more year; and hometown star, Aquira DeCosta, All American out of St. Marys High School in Stockton, who was ranked #1 in the nation at her position coming out of high school and was taken by Baylor ( frosh injury and subsequent loss of playing time led her to LMU; has now officially transferred from LMU to Sacramento State in her home town. Last year's team was 3-22 so they have a way to go... ??? Isn't Oregon's Coach the former Zag head Coach??

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    Baylor has found their replacement for Kim Mulkey.

    Baylor Welcomes Collen as Women’s Basketball Head Coach
    2018 WNBA Coach of the Year becomes fifth head coach in program history

    WACO, Texas - Baylor University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades announced Monday that former Atlanta Dream Head Coach Nicki Collen would be named the fifth Head Coach in Baylor women's basketball history. Collen will be formally introduced Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.

    "Today is an exciting day for Baylor University and our women's basketball program. Nicki is a passionate leader of young women and an elite basketball mind and teacher of the game," said Rhoades. "She is a great mission fit who shares in our vision of Preparing Champions for Life by commanding excellence both on and off the court. Nicki's professional experience will be invaluable to developing players for the next level. Her addition sustains our commitment to the women's basketball program at the highest level. We welcome Nicki, her husband Tom and children, Connor, Reese and Logan, to the Baylor family."

    Collen comes to Baylor from the WNBA's Atlanta franchise, where she spent the last three seasons at the helm for the Dream. Her rookie season in Atlanta resulted in a 23-11 season in 2018, where she earned WNBA Coach of the Year honors and helped the franchise to the WNBA Playoff Semifinals.

    Prior to her arrival in Atlanta, she spent two seasons under head coach Curt Miller of the Connecticut Sun, helping the franchise improve from fifth in the East Division to second from 2016 to 2017, respectively.
    You can read the entire article here: https://baylorbears.com/news/2021/5/...ead-coach.aspx

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    USC has found their new head coach.

    Former Cal coach, Lindsey Gottlieb, who is currently an assistant for the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, has been hire to lead the Lady Trojans.

    From ESPN:

    Lindsay Gottlieb returning to women's college basketball, hired as USC head coach after stint as Cleveland Cavaliers assistant
    Adrian Wojnarowski
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    Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Lindsay Gottlieb has been hired as the women's head coach at USC, the school announced Monday.

    Sources told ESPN that Gottlieb agreed to a six-year deal.

    "It is an honor and a thrill to become the women's basketball coach at USC," Gottlieb said in a statement released by the school. "I am inspired by the incredible history of this program and excited about the opportunity to do special things with the young women I will have the privilege to coach."

    Gottlieb leaves the NBA after an aggressive USC pursuit to bring her back to the Pac-12 Conference, including a massive upgrade in program salary and resources with hopes of restoring USC to the elite of women's college basketball, sources said.

    Gottlieb was the first female head coach from a Power 5 conference to make the leap to the NBA sidelines, moving from the University of California to the Cavaliers in 2019.

    Gottlieb earned praise inside the Cleveland organization and locker room for her work with the Cavaliers, becoming a front bench assistant under head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

    Gottlieb played a role in everything on Bickerstaff's coaching staff, including game preparation and player development with the Cavs' strong young core of Jarrett Allen, Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Isaac Okoro.

    "I went to the NBA to challenge myself at the highest levels of the game of basketball and was fully invested in that journey," Gottlieb said. "However, the commitment of President Carol Folt and athletic director Mike Bohn to women's basketball at USC, and to my vision of success, made it clear that NOW is the right time to come here and use all my coaching experience to partner with the young women in the program, the administration and our future student-athletes to make USC women's basketball the most dynamic program in the country."
    You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...iers-assistant

    Coach Gottlieb and CLF are friends, maybe we see a Zag vs Trojan Wbb in the near future?

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    Underwhelming. Gottlieb started off well at Cal but really went downhill. I expect USC to remain mediocre. Been that way for a long time, under a number of different coaches. The more things change...

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