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March 12, 2012
Legette-Jack fired as women's coach
Full text of press release from Indiana Media Relations:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that he is changing the leadership of the women's basketball program. Felisha Legette-Jack will leave the program and the search for her successor is underway, both effective immediately.
"After a deliberate and thorough review of all aspects of the women's basketball program, including meeting with Felisha and interviews with all current players, I have concluded that under the current circumstances Felisha is no longer in a position to turn the program around," Glass said. "Delaying the inevitable isn't fair to her, the program and its fans, and most importantly the student-athletes on this team.
"Felisha is a wonderful person who did many good things for our program, the University and the wider community. We all wish her much success in her future endeavors."
Legette-Jack had just completed her sixth year at Indiana. In her first three years, she had winning overall records and winning conference records her second and third seasons. In that third year, her team tied the school record for consecutive wins (nine) and totaled 21 wins for just the fourth time in program history, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). However, each of her last three years has produced losing overall and conference records.
"I am mindful that just last year I provided Felisha a two-year contract extension in the belief that such support would help her get the program going in the right direction again," Glass noted. "In retrospect, I was wrong. However, I am not going to compound that mistake by refusing to make the decision that now needs to be made."
Glass will lead the search for IU's next women's basketball coach with the assistance of his staff, particularly Senior Associate Athletic Director Kevin Clark, who is the Sport Administrator for women's basketball, and Senior Associate Athletic Director Julie Cromer, who is the Senior Women Administrator for the department. As always, Glass will also consult with the Athletics Committee of the Bloomington Faculty Council and many others including current and former players, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the Black Coaches and Administrators Association, the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Pending the appointment of a new head coach, Glass has organized a transition team to help oversee the women's basketball program comprised of: Senior Associate Athletic Director Kevin Clark (Chair), Assistant Athletic Trainer Robert Black, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Morris, Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services Kelly Noonan and Academic Advisor Lorian Price.