Miller, Buffs Mutual In Allegiance To BB Program
BOULDER - University of Colorado head women's basketball coach Kathy McConnell-Miller has reaffirmed her dedication to the Buffaloes' program and is no longer a candidate for other coaching positions she announced jointly with CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn on Wednesday.
"Coach Miller has a strong allegiance to her team and this university and we as a department are mutually committed to her and her program," Bohn said. "There is a collective desire to elevate this program and we are excited about the future."
Bohn said he and McConnell-Miller have had dialogue regarding her contract status and will continue to talk and explore opportunities pursuant to the guidelines and procedures outlined by the CU Board of Regents for any multi-year contract.
"My family and I are looking forward to continuing to build CU women's basketball and to make all Colorado fans, alumni and faculty proud," McConnell-Miller said. "We remain excited to be Buffs."
McConnell-Miller guided Colorado to its best record in four seasons in 2007-08, as the Buffaloes finished 19-15 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
The WNIT run capped off a memorable season for McConnell-Miller's team which also included an 11-game win streak, three wins over ranked teams and the Buffs' first Associated Press national ranking since the end of the 2003-04 season, peaking at No. 23 on Jan. 7.
She is 41-53 in three seasons at Colorado, as the Buffaloes have steadily improved with each campaign. After enduring a nine-win season in her initial campaign in Boulder in 2005-06, CU improved to 13-17 in 2005-06 and this season's 19-15 record earned the Buffs' their first postseason appearance since the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
"We will move forward with a full commitment from Coach Miller, her staff and team and anticipate the same from new players coming in, fans, boosters and the community to help us continue to build a highly competitive program," Bohn said.
McConnell-Miller will enter her 10th season a collegiate head coach this winter. She is 132-141 in her nine-year career with the first six coming at the University of Tulsa (1999-2005).