STEPHENVILLE — Local reports from Cory Hogue are that Tarleton has parted ways with women’s basketball head coach Misty Wilson. The school made it official on Thursday morning.
The move comes after the Texans finished 8-21 overall and 2-16 in WAC play. Wilson has been a long-time coach at Tarleton as both an assistant and head coach. Along with being a coach, Wilson is also in the Tarleton Hall of Fame from her playing days in Stephenville.
“First and foremost, I want to thank Misty Wilson for her nine years at the helm of the Tarleton women’s basketball team,” Tarleton athletic director Lonn Reisman said. “This decision was not an easy one to make. We will begin our search immediately to find the team’s next leader.”
DCTB has confirmed that Misty Wilson is out as Tarleton women's basketball coach. Wilson spent 21 years as a coach at Tarleton, including the last nine years as head coach, after a Hall of Fame playing career with the Texans.@DCTBasketball https://t.co/O0jfACqNp3
— Cory Hogue (@CoryHogueSports) March 2, 2023
In her time as head coach, Wilson posted a career record of 146-114 overall and 86-78 between the Lone Star Conference (Division II) and WAC play. Over the course of three seasons in Division I, Tarleton was 33-45 overall and 14-36 in conference play.
As a Lone Star Conference member, Tarleton reached three straight NCAA regional tournaments between 2017-2019, winning the 2017 tournament title and a divisional title in 2019-2020.
Wilson’s final edition of the Texans got off to a nice start in non-conference play with a win in Wisdom Gym over College of Charleston (a CAA Tournament semifinalist last year). The Texans also added wins over Western Illinois, Weber State, and Northwestern State before WAC play began.
Once conference play began, Tarleton, with an upgraded roster via the transfer portal, struggled. The Texans lost their first four games by an average margin of 19.8 points before breaking through for a 70-60 win against UTRGV on January 11.
After that triumph, Tarleton lost their next 12 games by an average margin of 9.9 points, including overtime losses to CBU and regular season champion Southern Utah.
In Wilson’s, final game as Texans coach on Wednesday evening they pulled out a win, 74-65 over Seattle on Senior Night. Teresa Da Silva had 22 points to lead the victorious effort while Mayra Caicedo added a double of 11 points and 11 assists. Jenna Dick added 10 points.
Wilson, who played and coached at Tarleton, was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2018 and served a total of 21 years as a Texan coach and spent 25 years at the institution.