Milwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Marquette has announced that Terri Mitchell will not return as head coach of the women’s basketball team after an 18-year-tenure.
Interim athletics director Bill Cords, who hired Mitchell in 1996, announced the change but declined to comment on the reason for her departure.
“I would like to thank Father Wild, Bill Cords and the university for allowing me to be a part of the Marquette community for the past 23 years,” Mitchell said in a statement. “In my 18 years as head coach, I have been privileged to work with amazing coaches and staff.
“I have been most blessed to coach unbelievable women that have impacted my life. I will cherish those relationships forever and am looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my life,” she added.
Mitchell, a 1989 Duquesne graduate, was a Marquette assistant for five seasons before being promoted to head coach.
The Golden Eagles went 22-11 last year and ended their season with a loss to Indiana in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Mitchell was 348-215 with 15 postseason appearances, including seven NCAA berths, 10 20-victory seasons and a 2008 WNIT championship at Marquette. Marquette, however, never made it out of the NCAA second round on her watch.
The Golden Eagles were fifth in the Big East this season after finishing 14th two years ago in the final season of the old conference format. They won Conference USA under Mitchell in 1999-2000.
Mitchell was the fourth coach in the history of the program, which began competition in 1975.
Marquette will immediately begin a national search for a new head coach.