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UTSA hires former Texas coach Karen Aston to lead its basketball program

Texas guard Danni Williams (3) and Audrey Warren (31) celebrate a score with head coach Karen Aston during a game against UTSA at the Erwin Center in Austin on Nov. 28, 2018. Aston has been hired to coach the Roadrunners.

Former Texas basketball coach Karen Aston will resume her career in San Antonio.

Aston was hired by UT-San Antonio on Monday. She replaces Kristen Holt, whose contract was not renewed after the Roadrunners went 2-18 this season, one of the worst seasons in program history. UTSA went 0-14 in Conference USA.

Aston, 56, went 184-83 in her eight seasons at Texas (2012-20) — seven of those wins coming at UTSA's expense. Her contract was not renewed after the 2019-20 season. She did not coach this season.

In a statement, Aston said she's excited to return to coaching and to help the UTSA program grow. And also "to engage with the San Antonio community," reaching out to fans.

"I witnessed their passion for basketball and sports during my time in Texas and know that our program will blossom with their support," Aston said.

Aston, who was the Big 12's coach of the year in 2017, guided Texas to six appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 2016 the Longhorns reached the Elite Eight.

Despite signing 14 McDonald's All-Americans during her tenure, Aston never won the Big 12's regular-season or tournament titles. She also went 1-18 against Baylor.

As a coach, Aston has amassed a career record 285-146, also having led the programs at Charlotte and North Texas. 

"Karen is a winner with a proven record of success," UTSA athletic director Lisa Camos said in a press release. "Her breadth of experience and ability to connect with students will position UTSA women's basketball to compete at a high level."

Nine players signed by Aston are still on the Texas team that faced South Carolina in Tuesday night's Elite Eight in San Antonio. Texas (21-9) and South Carolina (25-4) will play at the Alamodome at 6 p.m.