Stasha Richards, the UT Tyler women’s basketball coach, announced on Wednesday she has resigned her position.
Richards, a former Baylor University standout, said she has chosen “to pursue other career opportunities.”
Dr. Howard Patterson, UT Tyler athletic director, said the resignation is effective May 31.
“We are thankful to coach Richards for her hard work and leadership these last three seasons, and we wish her great success in the future,” said Patterson, who is also Vice President for Auxiliary Services and Intercollegiate Athletics.
He said a search for her replacement will begin immediately.
Patriots assistant coach Cassie Little will assume interim head coach duties until a successor is named.
Richards has served as the head coach at UT Tyler since 2009. In her three seasons at the helm, the Patriots were a combined 33-42, including a 12-13 record this past season.
Richards was named the second women’s basketball coach in program history on July 28, 2009, succeeding Terri Deike, whose contract was not renewed. Deike was the head coach of the program since its inception in 2003. In six seasons, she had a record of 90-61 with three division titles at the NCAA Division III school. Deike is now the athletic director/senior woman administrator at LeTourneau University in Longview.
Richards was a four-year letterwinner for Baylor where she played for current head coach Kim Mulkey and former coach Sonja Hogg. Richards helped lead the Lady Bears to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2002. She was the lone senior on the 2003 Baylor team that advanced to the Women’s NIT championship game.
Since 2007, Richards led the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College program. In her time at Fort Scott, Richards produced three Division I prospects, a two-time all-conference player, a Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year, a two-time all-region player, and an NJCAA All-American.
During the 2006-2007 season, Richards served as the assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University where she worked with forwards and posts and was responsible for scheduling, practice planning, film editing, scouting, travel planning and serving as the academic liaison for student-athletes.
A Houston native, Richards also spent a year each as assistant coach at Clarendon College and Crockett High School after graduating from Baylor.
Before attending Baylor, Richardson was a prep standout at Galena Park North Shore High School. Richards scored more than 1,000 points in her four years as a letterwinner at North Shore and earned both all-district and all-state honors. In 1999, Richards was named as the 46th best high school player in the nation by the Blue Star Report.
Stasha Richards: Year-by-Year
Year School W LResults
2009-10UT Tyler10155th Place ASC East
2010-11UT Tyler11145th Place ASC East
2011-12UT Tyler12136th Place ASC East
Career 33 42