Alabama announced on May 11 that Texas Tech women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry would be taking the same position for the Crimson Tide.
Curry spent seven seasons in Lubbock as the coach of the Red Raiders from 2006-2013. In her tenure at Texas Tech she was able to lead her team to the NCAA Tournament twice, once in 2011 and once this past season. The Red Raiders also made three appearances in the WNIT including two trips to the third round. Curry was 130-98 in her time at Texas Tech.
Before accepting the head coaching position at Texas Tech, Kristy Curry built the Purdue women’s program into a year-to-year competitor in the Big Ten. Curry was 179-51 in seven seasons with the Boilermakers including two Sweet Sixteen appearances, an Elite Eight appearance, and a trip to the National Championship game in 2001.
Kristy Curry replaces former Alabama basketball player Wendell Hudson who only led the Tide to one winning season in five years as Alabama’s women’s basketball coach.
Alabama athletics director Bill Battle expressed his high expectations for Coach Curry during a Crimson Caravan event on May 14. “We’re excited about the future and direction of women’s basketball,” Battle said. “It may take her some time to get some better players. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later.”
The ultimate goal for the women’s basketball team seems to be a move out of Foster Auditorium. Foster Auditorium, built in 1939, currently serves as the home for women’s basketball and volleyball games. The venue only holds 3,800 and the Crimson Tide struggled to keep attendance up this year.
Kristy Curry isn’t used to half capacity crowds. In her final season at Texas Tech, Curry saw an average attendance of 6,439. The Red Raiders even drew a record crowd of 12,871 in their game against Baylor in February.
Curry’s experience in two of the nation’s toughest conferences, proven rebuilding skills, and marketability should bode well in her future as the head coach for the Crimson Tide. The women’s basketball program is one of the few at Alabama that hasn’t seen its share of conference dominance over the past decade. It looks like Bill Battle and the rest of the athletics department are poised to change that.
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