WBB: Krista Gerlich introduced as UT Arlington head coach
April 16, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington athletic director Jim Baker introduced new women's basketball head coach Krista Gerlich at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at College Park Center.
"This is an exciting day for UT Arlington," Baker said. "Over the last two months we have looked at a lot of candidates for this job. One name that kept coming to the top was Krista."
Gerlich takes over the UT Arlington program after a successful career as a player and coach across the state of Texas. She is coming off a seven-year stint as head coach at West Texas A&M, compiling a record of 168-53 that included three conference titles.
"The emphasis that UT Arlington has put on women's basketball and athletics in general is what every coach wants to be a part of," Gerlich said. "I am excited about the future and working with this administration."
Gerlich's coaching philosophy is expected to make an immediate impact on the program from staffing to player relations to recruiting.
"Our goal, my goal, for this program is to recruit, educate, retain and graduate student-athletes. We want to win, we want to win conference championships annually," Gerlich said. "We want to put an exciting team on the floor that is going to build the attendance. That is what I hope the future of UT Arlington basketball looks like."
The Spearman, Texas native was an assistant at Texas Tech and helped guide the Lady Raiders to two NCAA tournament appearances and a spot in the Sweet 16 during the 2004-2005 campaign. She won a national championship as a player at Texas Tech in 1993 under legendary head coach Marsha Sharp. Gerlich is one of only three former Lady Raiders to have her number retired by Texas Tech.
"We are excited for the future of UT Arlington women's basketball and I don't think we could have picked a better candidate than what we have here today," Baker said. "We are so fortunate and I am so excited to have her."