Josh Keister has resigned from his position as the head womenâ€™s basketball coach at Missouri Western.
Keister has accepted an offer to work with former Missouri Western coach Jeff Mittie as an assistant at Texas Christian University. TCU is a division I-A program that is on the rise.
This came as surprise to many of the women whom Keister coached last season. Rumors had been circulating that Keister might leave but many were just rumors. Ashleigh Curry who will be a senior next year, couldnâ€™t believe the news.
â€œI was shocked,â€ Curry said.
All of the players on the basketball team were taken back by the news of Keister leaving. All of them reacted differently but will miss presence on the sideline.
Jill Johnson who is going to be a senior next year was overwhelmed by the news.
â€œI began crying instantly,â€ Johnson said. â€œI heard rumors, but you donâ€™t actually believe it until it happeneds.â€
Keister had been part of the Missouri Western womenâ€™s basketball program for the last ten years. He has spent the last three as the head coach of the team. In his three years as head coach, he piled up a career record of 69-23.
Keister had his most successful year as head coach of the Griffons this season. His team won 30 games for just the second time in school history. They also qualified for the NCAA national tournament for the 11th time in school history. Even with the loss of Keister athletic director Mark Linder believes womenâ€™s basketball is still in good shape.
â€œThis program is a strong program, we have a good fan base that shows a lot of support for womenâ€™s basketball,â€ Linder said.
A national search for Keisterâ€™s replacement is already underway. Linder believes Missouri Western will land a good character coach that can keep the team moving in the right direction.
Linder and his staff will look for a coach that will be able to lead Missouri Western back to the NCAA national tournament and build on an already solid core of players.
The state of the womenâ€™s basketball program is still in good shape. Even with the loss of their head coach. Curry believes this team will still be successful.
â€œWe still have a good team,â€ Curry said. â€œWe can still compete for a national title.â€
No matter who Missouri Western picks they will have big shoes to fill. Keister was very successful in the three years he spent as head coach. Even without Keister leading the way, Missouri Western will look to build on itâ€™s success of the past season and look to be even more successful in the future.