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Texas Tech hires Krista Gerlich as new Lady Raiders basketball coach

The former UT-Arlington head coach just came off of the best two-year stretch in the school’s history. Now she’ll be coaching back at her alma mater.

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After a tumultuous offseason that included a scandalous USA Today article, ex-players publicly blasting the program and a firing, finally some good news has come to the Texas Tech Lady Raiders basketball program.

Krista Gerlich has been hired as the new head women’s basketball coach and brings her championship pedigree to a group of ladies coming off of their first winning season in six years. While at UT-Arlington, Gerlich led the Lady Mavs to the WNIT twice and held the second best coaching record in school history.

Gerlich is far from being new to Lubbock as this will be her third stop in the hub city. She was an integral part of the 1993 National Championship team. Gerlich received three All-SWC honors as well as being named to the All-Time SWC team. Gerlich also found her way back to Lubbock a second time as an assitant coach under the legendary Marsha Sharp. With Sharp, she helped lead Tech to the NCAA tournament twice in three years, including a sweet 16 appearance.

Kirby Hocutt has made it a habit of hiring coaches that have prior experience with Texas Tech. Two of the more notable times he did not, wound up with disgusting allegations by the end of the coaches’ tenure, Billy Gillispie and Marlene Stollings. After what this program has recently been through, Hocutt absolutely needs this hire to go well, in more ways than just wins and losses.