Lady Vols rehire Mickie DeMoss

Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt talks with assistant coach Mickie DeMoss during an NCAA second-round game with Virginia in 2003.

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Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt talks with assistant coach Mickie DeMoss during an NCAA second-round game with Virginia in 2003.

The thought usually was confined to light-hearted banter between friends.

Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt would say something about wanting to have Mickie DeMoss back on her coaching staff and the joking would ensue.

This time Summitt was serious. And DeMoss was listening. As a result, the former Lady Vols assistant coach is back for a second tour of duty. Tennessee officials confirmed the hire Wednesday. DeMoss has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Texas.

Obviously nobody’s kidding around anymore. And the small talk has escalated into something much more substantial.

"I know Pat would like to get a couple more (national championship) banners,’’ DeMoss said. "That’s my primary goal."

There’s a track record for such achievements. DeMoss previously was a UT assistant from 1985 to 2003 and during that time the Lady Vols won six national championships and made 12 NCAA Final Four appearances. She coached the post players and was instrumental in recruiting such top-flight talent as Bridgette Gordon and Chamique Holdsclaw, just to name two.

"I don’t know if we could’ve brought in another coach with the experience Mickie DeMoss has,’’ Summitt said. "She’s always been recognized as one of the best recruiters in the game. Quite honestly, that hasn’t changed."

DeMoss is filling the opening created when Stephanie Glance left last month to become the head coach at Illinois State. With fellow UT assistant Daedra Charles-Furlow dealing with health issues, Glance had been activated as an assistant coach and had assumed the duties of recruiting coordinator. Charles-Furlow will continue in her current role, which precludes on-the-floor coaching.

Summitt commended UT’s administration for "considering every option" in the hiring process, which included Charles-Furlow.

"Everyone was very committed to Daedra and keeping her with an important role with the staff,’’ Summitt said.

Charles-Furlow, who received the Wade Trophy as a UT player, was another player recruited by DeMoss.

"Daedra and I have a very, very strong relationship,’’ DeMoss said. "We haven’t had a chance to talk. I know Pat has talked to her but I’m going to certainly want to sit down and talk to her. I don’t foresee anything that would be uncomfortable with it. ... I certainly want her to stay as involved as she can based on the situation she’s in."

DeMoss said that returning to Tennessee "is like coming home" and added that her first intention is simply to "fit in."

"I’m not going to act like I have all the answers," she said.

Her knack for recruiting likely will be utilized as soon as possible. The Lady Vols are pursuing two Parade All-American post players in 6-foot-3 Elizabeth Williams of Virginia Beach, Va., a first-team selection, and 6-3 Kiah Stokes of Marion, Iowa, a fourth-team honoree. Both players will be seniors next season.

The Lady Vols already have 6-foot-2 wing player Cierra Burdick of Matthews, N.C., a third-team Parade honoree, verbally committed to sign next fall.

DeMoss will have a coaching impact, too. She left UT in 2003 to become the head coach at Kentucky and was 71-56 in four seasons there before resigning. She directed the Wildcats to consecutive 20-victory seasons (2005-07) for the first time in 16 years. A 66-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 26, 2006, was Kentucky’s first victory over UT since 1986. The Wildcats qualified that season for the NCAA tournament.

Texas coach Gail Goestenkors acknowledged DeMoss’ role in helping her build a foundation there. Goestenkors also realized the pull of another UT.

"We understand her desire to return home at this stage in her career,’’ she said in a statement, "and Tennessee is where she considers home after previously spending 18 years of her coaching career in Knoxville. We wish her the very best."

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ladyvolsfan1 writes:

"Heck" yeah!!!!

BigBadVol writes:

Glad to have DeMoss back but what was the deal with Kentucky? Why did she resign?

voloffaith writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Glad to have DeMoss back but what was the deal with Kentucky? Why did she resign?

Good question and I remember an article with reasoning. Some one will google that an enlighten us as to the decision. You saw the team she left her replacement fared nicely. Welcome back Coach Demoss! Maybe we can get a little of that special coaching tandem wonder back.(no reflection on those who have been here helping). Recuit...recruit...recruit!!! Oh yes coachem up.

vol45 writes:

Great

voloffaith writes:

She wanted to step back after 30 yrs coaching and reevaluate her future.I checked it out to minimize the anxiety we all might muster up. She had been head coach twice. Once at Florida late 70's and ky job for three years. And now you know the rest of the story....

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Great news! Welcome back!

Volunatic writes:

Welcome back, Mickie! GO LADY VOLS!!!

murrayvol writes:

in response to wallandhiker:

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You can wipe the grin off his face but you'll never get the pomade out of his hair.

orangecountyvols writes:

Welcome back Mickie !

This is a great team with the other coaches, Holly and Dean in particular. Pat and Mickie will be a great fit.

easleychuck writes:

Kind of cool to get a quality coach and take a coach from the Republic....if my memory serves me they raided the real UT for their men's and women's head track coaches about a decade ago.

Welcome back, Coach DeMoss.

ladyvolsfan1 writes:

in response to wallandhiker:

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Amen!!

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

This is big folks. I like how she said "coming back to Tennessee was like coming home".

That trolls is what it's like to be a Vol. Nothing like it!

anosikefan writes:

This is great news for the Lady Vol Program!! Now we can get back some of that recruiting we lost when Niki went to UCLA! Welcome back Mickie!! We have certainly missed you!

Charles70Fun writes:

S

SO glad to Have Mickey Back we were lost with out you.

TommyJack writes:

in response to murrayvol:

You can wipe the grin off his face but you'll never get the pomade out of his hair.

Is that kinda like grease?

mrvol2u writes:

Good deal. Welcome back and go get the players.

richvol writes:

Glad to see the LadyVols involved with two post player recruits for 2011. I hope they are athletic. If they can't run and jump then Mickie needs to turn her attention elsewhere. We need shooters but we need athletic centers more than anything else. I like Cain and Brewer...they have improved quite a bit since their freshman year but they both have a hard time getting up the floor quickly and neither can jump.

volnxile writes:

heir apparent?

MR_VOL writes:

Great hire! Great to have you back Mickie!

YankeeVol writes:

This is the best news in a long, long time.

SoddyVol writes:

Greatest Lady Vols News in a Couple years!

dvhill100 writes:

in response to volnxile:

heir apparent?

I was wondering too.

wagee12 writes:

Does her contract include a new Subaru Legacy?

BreweryVol writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Glad to have DeMoss back but what was the deal with Kentucky? Why did she resign?

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Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to BreweryVol:

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You said that like it would be a bad thing.

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to richvol:

Glad to see the LadyVols involved with two post player recruits for 2011. I hope they are athletic. If they can't run and jump then Mickie needs to turn her attention elsewhere. We need shooters but we need athletic centers more than anything else. I like Cain and Brewer...they have improved quite a bit since their freshman year but they both have a hard time getting up the floor quickly and neither can jump.

Used to be a coach at U.L.
Denny or Crumb or something like that.
Used to say the only things he recruited was running and jumping.
Claimed he could teach'em the rest.

Fulton_Vol writes:

Welcome back home Coach DeMoss.

It is untelling if she or Holly is the heir apparent to follow Pat. Heck by the time Pat decides to hang it up Tyler might have established himself as the heir to her job. I hope Coach Summitt continues coaching as long as she wants and as long as she is still winning games. She has earned the right to leave on her on terms when ever that might be.

Holly has many years in as an assistant coach and Mickie has her first tenure here which was outstanding and now her second tenure begins. These 3 women helped build the Lady Vols into a national power house and I am glad to see them team up again to continue their legacies here at Tennessee.

kazoo writes:

Wow, this is good news. The Lady Vols have slipped since DeMoss left--lot of recruiting misses, mediocre coaching (at best), if you ask me. Landing Parker was by far the best thing that the program accomplished in 10 years. DeMoss knows her stuff and should greatly help to upgrade the Vols.

ladyvolnc (Inactive) writes:

just think we need youth on coaching staff,my question who did Mickie recruit at Texas? Texas is no better in the 3 years she was there,than it was with their last coaching staff,also need a offensive coach,Mickie is not that,the only hope we have for this team to change & be better is Vicki & Simmons & not anyone on coaching staff

Ringside writes:

in response to volnxile:

heir apparent?

Head Coach in waiting.

mnvol writes:

Glad to have her back, but I don't think Coach DeMoss is the heir apparent. I got the impression that she left Kentucky because she decided she'd prefer to be an assistant coach rather than a head coach. Nothing wrong with that. If Coach Warlick wants to replace Coach Summitt some day she needs to get away from UT for a few years get some head coaching experience.

voloffaith writes:

okemo=omeko backwards and that says it mostly. The posts aren't bad I guess just dry and an attempt to be witch doctorish like. Welcome back Coach Demoss!

bobbizee#247300 writes:

glad to have you back Coach DeMoss. U of Texas had tremendous athletes but you have to know how to coach them Coach G. had tremendous players at Duke enough said, looking forward to next many years we have so needed a recruiter, Pat can only do so much.

johnlg00 writes:

Great (re)hire! Welcome back, Mickie! She should have an immediate impact, both on the court and on the recruiting trail. The LVs could be on the verge of a great run over the next few years, and Mickie should be right in the middle of it.

volboy81 writes:

Welcome back, coach! cant believe you were gone 7 years! Banners #9 and #10 await...

GOJO writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Is that kinda like grease?

***

Sorta. Guess you have to be at least a certain age to remeber it.

reachkim00 writes:

2 words... HELL YEAH!!

Welcome home Mickie..Go lady vols!

madrigal writes:

MIckie's back, all's right with the world.

Jephry writes:

Welcome back, Coach DeMoss!!!

adimatteo#261830 writes:

great news, we have always had great people involved, and continue to do so...

wagee12 writes:

Kelly Jolly will be the next head coach at Tennessee. The school will not hand the program to any of these career assistants who, really, haven't done anything recently to generate confidence that they might be head coaching material. To answer the poster's question about Texas, the heat is on down there since DeMoss and the head coach let Mulkey take that 6-8 player away from Texas.

CP3isGR8 writes:

Don't we only have two scholarships available for next fall?

Ralph_Crampton writes:

Pat, please wear your reliable pants suit when coaching games...you just dont't look yourself in a dress...although you look nice in the dress etc., it just seem you have better luck wearing a pant suit during a game just thought from a fan of yours...with Micki back I expect you two could win another National title fairly soon. I had a feeling that when Micki left the team might not be as good.

Ralph_Crampton writes:

From the Los Angeles Times I read where Kiffin described how into football Tennessee fans are. On several occasions while out in some store or resraurant, Vol fans would spot him and lineup for autographs...that attracted more fans for more autographs...and at the same questions were hurled at him at a constant pace for tidbits of info on the foorball team. Huge amounts of time were consumed with event that he thought twice about going out in public at all. Compared to Stodgy laid back Los Angeles few folks recognized him or cared.

MillisaAnn writes:

Welcome Back Mickey!!! Go Lady Vols!!!

minnehan writes:

Great Hire! Thanks Mickey for coming home.

UKCatsFan writes:

It is nice to have Coach DeMoss back in the SEC. She was tremendously popular during her time here at UK and was always generous with her time and kind to my daughters when they spoke to her or asked for autographs. I became a season ticket holder for the UK women's team when she was here and credit her for laying the foundation for what has become a very competitive Wildcat team. Without question the UT women and their tradition are the class of the SEC but thanks in part to Coach DeMoss Kentucky has risen to become competitive with the Lady Vols. Go Cats!Go SEC!

ps11824 writes:

It's about time! A very good move. Finally, something to get excited about. A coach on the bench with some fire and passion is MickiD. She will get those post players in shape pronto. That's what we've been missing, someone who has the 'kahonies' to tell Pat just like it is, when it's necessary.

martinvol34 writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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You will be the first one on here next year when these girls are healthy and able to show what they are capable of producing. Quit being so damn negative.

ps11824 writes:

Only slightly off topic, but hey, nothing else going on in here requiring valuable space and time; what's up with Candace Parker? I don't see her name mentioned in the pre-season boxscores. Is she overseas, injured, what?

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