DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake University Athletic
Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb announced today that Amy Stephens has resigned as
head women's basketball coach.
"Amy has contributed much to
the success of our women's basketball program in her nine seasons at Drake," says
Hatfield Clubb. "We appreciate the commitment she has given to the program's
success and wish her the best in future endeavors."
Drake finished the 2011-12
campaign with an 18-16 record, good for a fifth-place place tie in the Missouri
Valley Conference, and earned its fourth trip to the postseason in seven years.
The Bulldogs lost to the University of South Dakota Coyotes in the first round
of this year's WNIT.
"As the 2011-12 season came to a close with another postseason tournament bid, Drake and I agreed we had different
visions for the future of the program," says Stephens. "While I believe each of
our perspectives is honorable, I have decided to tender my resignation. I am grateful for my time at Drake and humbled
by having had the chance to lead the women's team to the best overall record in
the Missouri Valley Conference for the past decade. I wish Drake and the
women's team nothing but the best in the future. I hope Drake continues to
attract the same high quality young women I have had the privilege to coach."
Stephens, who was named
Drake's women's head coach in 2003, compiled a 151-130 record in nine seasons
at Drake (87-75 in regular season MVC play). Drake was the Valley's most
successful women's basketball team in the last decade (2000-2009).
Stephens came to Drake after
one year as assistant coach at the University of Nebraska, and eight years as
head coach at the University of Nebraska-Kearney before that. Her overall
record stands at 348-173 after 17 seasons.
The University will
immediately start a nationwide search for Stephens' successor.