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DeMoss Finalist for Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Judy Willson
Judy Willson
Communications Associate

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced that LSU women’s basketball assistant coach Mickie DeMoss has been named one of the ten finalists for the Class of 2018 this evening.

 

LSU head coach Nikki Fargas landed her most notable recruit in May 2016 with the hiring of DeMoss as an assistant coach with the Lady Tigers program. Even with 39 years of experience on the collegiate and professional sidelines, DeMoss continues to be a student of the game and brings that wealth of knowledge to the Lady Tigers basketball program. DeMoss is in her second season with LSU and focuses primarily on the Lady Tiger post players.

 

“This is a tremendous honor to be selected as a finalist for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” said DeMoss. “The members of the Hall are a prestigious group and I’m honored to be associated with them. Basketball has been a big part of my life.  I’ve had so many great opportunities to work with some many outstanding coaches and players that being considered for the Class of 2018 is truly an honor.”

 

The native of Tallulah, Louisiana, has an impressive resume that includes 20 seasons as an assistant and associate head coach under Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, four seasons as the head coach at the University of Kentucky and a two-year stint as an assistant with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Prior to joining the LSU staff, DeMoss served as the associate head coach at her alma mater Louisiana Tech University.

 

DeMoss has the unique experience of coaching each of her colleagues on the LSU staff. She was an assistant at Auburn when LSU assistant coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson was playing on the Plains before heading to Knoxville where she coaches Fargas (1990-94) and LSU assistant coach Tasha Butts (2000-03). DeMoss and Fargas served on Summitt’s staff together from 2002-03.

 

Immediately prior to returning to the collegiate coaching ranks at Louisiana Tech, DeMoss was an assistant coach for the Indiana Fever in 2012 and 2013 and helped guide the franchise to the 2012 WNBA championship.

 

She was lured away by the WNBA following her second stint at UT. She was with the Lady Vols from 1985-2003 and then again from 2010-12. During a span from 1985-86 to 2002-03, DeMoss helped lead the Lady Vols to six national titles and 12 trips to the Final Four. During her first 18 seasons at UT, the Lady Vols amassed a 554-77 (.878) overall record. DeMoss was promoted to associate head coach in 2000, but stepped aside three years later to lead her own program. She served four years with record-breaking results as the head coach at Kentucky.

 

In four seasons at Kentucky, she guided the Wildcats to a 71-56 record including consecutive 20-win seasons and three postseason appearances (one NCAA and two WNIT).

 

The 2006 SEC Coach of the Year, DeMoss guided the 22-9 Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven seasons and punctuated the trip with an NCAA win. The breakout year also included a victory over No. 1-ranked Tennessee, 66-63, in front of a school-record crowd of 13,689 at Rupp Arena. It marked the first win over a top-ranked team in UK history. In 2006-07, Kentucky was 20-14 and advanced to the WNIT. That season, DeMoss' Cats attracted a school record attendance of 5,863 fans per game.

 

DeMoss elected to step aside as head coach at Kentucky in April 2007, but her coaching hiatus was short-lived as she accepted a position at Texas in the summer of 2007. She was the Longhorns' top recruiter while also coaching the post game for three seasons under Gail Goestenkors.

 

At the request of her long-time mentor, DeMoss returned to Knoxville in the spring of 2010 to serve on Summitt's staff for the final two seasons of the legendary coach's career with the Lady Vols. She helped lead the 2010-11 squad to a 34-3 record, including an undefeated 16-0 showing in the SEC. In her last two seasons at UT, the Lady Vols amassed a 61-12 record and made appearances in two Region Final games.

 

Over the past four decades, DeMoss has cemented a reputation as one of the country's most elite coaches. A survey of the nation's NCAA Division I women's head basketball coaches tabbed her as the top assistant in the country in 2000. She also garnered that distinction from a 1998 The Women's Basketball Journal poll.

While at UT, DeMoss was considered a great technical mind, floor coach and entertainer. Off the court, she was regarded as one of the best recruiters in the college game, year after year recruiting future All-SEC and All-America award-winners, while stockpiling rosters with the kind of players essential to winning national championships.

 

Some of DeMoss' most notable recruits at Tennessee include: Tonya Edwards, the 1987 Final Four MVP, Dena Head, the 1992 SEC Player of the Year, Chamique Holdsclaw, the 1996 and 1997 Final Four MVP, and Tamika Catchings, a four-time All-American and star of the Indiana Fever.

 

DeMoss protégés also have represented Team USA in every Olympic Games since 1992.

Prior to joining the Tennessee staff in 1983, DeMoss had been the head coach at the University of Florida (1979-83) and an assistant at then-Memphis State (1977-79).

 

DeMoss was a player on the inaugural Lady Techster team in 1974 and lettered for the first three years of the program's existence. She was the very first point guard in the history of the program.

 

A native of Tallulah, La., DeMoss received her undergraduate degree in physical education from Louisiana Tech in 1977. She later received her master's degree in education at Memphis State University in 1979.

 

DeMoss Basketball History

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE  YEAR, TEAM

1974-77, Louisiana Tech

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE YEAR, POSITION, SCHOOL

1977-79, Assistant Coach, Memphis State

1979-83, Head Coach, Florida

1983-85, Assistant Coach, Auburn

1985-2000, Assistant Coach, Tennessee

2000-03, Associate Head Coach, Tennessee

2003-07, Head Coach, Kentucky

2007-10, Assistant Coach, Texas

2010-12, Assistant Coach, Tennessee

2012-13, Assistant Coach, WNBA's Indiana Fever

2014-16, Associate Head Coach, Louisiana Tech

2016-present, Assistant Coach, LSU

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