Coach of the Year finalist Karen Aston talks to Ariel Atkins during a game against Florida State at the Frank Erwin Center. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas coach Karen Aston a semifinalist for Naismith Award

Longhorns coach is in her sixth season at Texas

Posted February 21st, 2018

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  • Aston has led the Longhorns to a 22-5 overall record and a 13-3 mark in Big 12 Conference play during the 2017-18 season
Texas head coach Karen Aston was the Big 12 coach of the year last season. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Texas women’s basketball head coach Karen Aston is among 10 semifinalists for the 2018 Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday morning.

Last season, Aston was one of four coaches nationally to be named a finalist for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year accolade. She also was named the 2017 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year.

Aston has led the Longhorns to a 22-5 overall record and a 13-3 mark in Big 12 Conference play during the 2017-18 season. Texas is ranked No. 6 in the nation and has recorded five wins this season against Associated Press Top-25 teams.

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Aston has compiled a 136-60 (.694) record in her sixth season on the Forty Acres and is the second-winningest coach in University of Texas history. In her 11th season as a collegiate head coach, Aston is 237-123 (.658).

2018 NAISMITH WOMEN’S COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR SEMIFINALISTS

Karen Aston, Texas

Geno Auriemma, UConn

Kelly Graves, Oregon

Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame

Kim Mulkey, Baylor

Robin Pingeton, Missouri

Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State

Joni Taylor, Georgia

Jeff Walz, Louisville

Amy Williams, Nebraska

Editor’s note: The headline of this blog entry has been corrected to say Karen Aston is a semifinalist rather than a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award.

 

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