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What’s Next for UK Women’s Basketball? A Look at Potential Replacements for Kyra Elzy

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The University of Kentucky (UK) women’s basketball team is at a crossroads following the departure of head coach Kyra Elzy. Kentucky has never been able to awaken that behemoth and completely realize its program’s potential for various reasons. Here’s a look at what the future holds and who could lead the Wildcats:

1) Megan Duffy
Current Position: Head Coach at Marquette (5th year)
Duffy has had a big impact at Marquette, bringing the Golden Eagles to victory in the Big East. Her coaching skills and ability to develop players could translate well to the SEC.

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2. Gregory Todd.
Current Position: Head Coach at Eastern Kentucky.
Kentucky Ties: Todd has spent his whole coaching career in Kentucky. His recent success with the Colonels (a 22-10 record this season) makes him a compelling prospect.

3. Molly Miller is currently the head coach of Grand Canyon University.
Miller’s coaching abilities have made her a rising star. Her unique approach and dedication to player development have the potential to revitalize the Wildcats’ program.

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4. Matthew Mitchell (return?)
Mitchell has guided the Wildcats to NCAA Tournament success, including three Elite Eight appearances. His retirement in 2020 was unexpected, but may he be enticed to return to the sidelines?

5. Mid-Major Gemstones
Candidates for mid-major programs: Keep an eye on successful coaches at mid-major colleges. Their hunger and fresh insights could be just what Kentucky needs.

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The University of Kentucky has been considered one of the sport’s “sleeping giants” by women’s college basketball coaches for many years and also has a rich history in women’s basketball, including a national championship in 1982. However, duplicating that achievement and continuously competing for Southeastern Conference (SEC) and national titles necessitates a visionary leader.

A New Era Dawns: UK Women’s Basketball

Elzy’s departure after four seasons leaves UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart with the critical duty of selecting a new head coach to guide the club toward long-term success.

The selection of a new head coach will have a big impact on the future of UK women’s basketball. While the search continues, the eventual candidate will inherit a quality squad and the enthusiastic backing of the UK audience.

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