The announcement was made by Tennessee Lady Vol Head Coach Pat Summitt this morning.
Mickie DeMoss replaces Tennessee staffer Stephanie Glance, who became the head coach at Illinois State University on April 20.
“I guess Mickie had the ‘seven-year itch’,” joked Summitt. “Seriously, we are thrilled to have Mickie back in the Lady Vol program. She is tied in to so much of our championship success throughout the years. She is a tremendous recruiter, teacher of the game and a great bench coach as well.
“While she was away, she had a chance to be a successful head coach at Kentucky and also to serve on the staff at the University of Texas. Mickie’s forte has always been recruiting and working with the post players. Her résumé is so much richer now as a result of her experiences over the past seven years.
“She is excited about coming back and helping us to continue to compete for championships,” said Summitt.
DeMoss spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Texas for Head Coach Gail Goestenkors.
“In her three years with us, Mickie has helped build a strong foundation for the future of Texas Women’s Basketball," Goestenkors said. "We understand her desire to return home at this stage in her career, and Tennessee is where she considers home after previously spending 18 years of her coaching career in Knoxville. We wish her the very best.”
DeMoss and current Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick both joined Tennessee’s coaching staff prior to the 1985-86 season.
For the next 18 years, the coaching trio of Summitt, DeMoss and Warlick, posted six NCAA Championship titles (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997 and 1998) while advancing to 12 NCAA Final Fours. During this span, the Lady Vols had a 554-77 overall record (.878). In 2000, DeMoss was promoted to associate head coach at Tennessee.
“It is just great to be coming back to Knoxville,” DeMoss said. “When I left Tennessee to become the head coach at the University of Kentucky, it just seemed to be the right time in my development and growth as a coach. Following that, the opportunity I had to become an assistant coach at the University of Texas was what I needed at the time. As a result, I gained a different perspective and grew a great deal as a coach and person from those experiences.
“Now, I really feel like I’ll be coming home. The University of Tennessee, the Lady Vol family and the Knoxville community have always been such a big part of my life. I was honored and excited when Pat asked if I would be interested in coming back to Tennessee,” said DeMoss.
DeMoss, who just finished her 33rd season on the sidelines as a women’s basketball coach, left the Lady Vols after the 2002-03 season to take the head coaching job at Kentucky. In four seasons, she guided the Wildcats to a 71-56 record including consecutive 20-win seasons (for the first time in 16 years) and three postseason appearances (one NCAA and two WNIT) for the first time in school history.
In 2005-06, DeMoss was named the SEC Coach of the Year, a first for a Wildcats coach, as she guided the 22-9 Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven seasons and punctuated the trip with an NCAA win.
This breakout year also included a victory over No. 1-ranked Tennessee, 66-63, in Rupp Arena in front of a school-record crowd of 13,689. It marked Kentucky's first win over a top-ranked team in school history. In 2006-07, UK was 20-14 and advanced to the WNIT. That season, DeMoss’ Cats attracted a school record attendance of 5,863 fans per game.
She elected to step aside as head coach at Kentucky in April 2007.
Her coaching hiatus ended when she accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Texas in the summer of 2007. Since then, she has been the Longhorns’ top recruiter while also coaching the post game.
Prior to joining the Tennessee staff in 1985, she had been an assistant coach at Auburn University (1983-85), a head coach at the University of Florida (1979-83) and an assistant at Memphis State (1977-79).
DeMoss received her undergraduate degree in physical education from Louisiana Tech University in 1977, where she starred at point guard. She then received her master's degree in education at Memphis State University in 1979. She is a native of Tallulah, La.