Three front-runners emerge to succeed Borton as U's women's basketball coach

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 2, 2014 - 6:16 AM

Wichita State coach Jody Adams, South Dakota State coach Aaron Johnston and Notre Dame assistant Niele Ivey have emerged at the top of the list to replace Pam Borton.

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Wichita State head coach Jody Adams celebrates after the team's 73-49 victory over Drake during an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference women's tournament Sunday, March 16, 2014, in St. Charles, Mo. Wichita State won 73-49.

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Among the coaches being given serious consideration for the vacant Minnesota women’s basketball job are two current head coaches and an assistant, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Wichita State coach Jody Adams, South Dakota State coach Aaron Johnston and Notre Dame assistant Niele Ivey have emerged at the top of the list to replace Pam Borton.

Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague told the Star Tribune on Tuesday that he had not personally contacted these candidates. He has pledged to conduct the “national” search quickly but not in haste. He is in New York City with the men’s basketball team for the NIT Final Four and would only say, “Things are moving along nicely.”

Two of the three — Johnston and Ivey — are still coaching this season. Johnston’s team eliminated the Gophers from the WNIT last week and ended Borton’s career at Minnesota. South Dakota State will play at UTEP on Wednesday in an NIT semifinal. Notre Dame has qualified for the NCAA Final Four.

Adams was a Gophers assistant for three years and helped recruit the class that included Lindsay Whalen. A former Tennessee point guard, she inherited a Wichita State team that had gone 47-95 in the five seasons before she arrived. In six seasons since, she has transformed the Shockers program. Wichita State has won 20 or more games in three consecutive seasons and has qualified for the NCAA tournament the past two years, the only bids in program history.

Johnston has a career record of 339-117 in 14 seasons at South Dakota State, where he helped the team transition from Division II to Division I.

Along with her assistant role, Ivey is the recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame, which just qualified for its fourth consecutive Final Four and is 36-0.

She was an All-America point guard for the Irish and played five seasons in the WNBA. She joined the Irish staff in 2007 and mentored former star guard Skylar Diggins.

 

Staff writer Amelia Rayno contributed to this story.

 

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