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Keitha Adams to return as Miner women's basketball coach

Keitha Adams to return as Miner women's basketball coach (Courtesy of UTEP Athletics)
Keitha Adams to return as Miner women's basketball coach (Courtesy of UTEP Athletics)
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Keitha Adams is returning as UTEP's women's basketball coach, the university announced today. Adams is the winningest coach in program history.

“Today is a very special and unique day for me. I’m thrilled and grateful to be returning as the head women’s basketball coach at UTEP,” Adams said. “The love I have for this University, community, and program runs deep in my soul. I want to thank President Heather Wilson and Director of Athletics Jim Senter for this opportunity. I’d also like to thank committee members Jeff Darby, Daniel Garcia, Julie Levesque, Charley Thrash and Taylor Vena for their support in this process."

Adams was previously the head coach from 2001 to 2017 leading the Miners to a pair of NCAA and WNIT appearances. She returns after leading Wichita State for six years, where she led the Shockers to a WNIT tournament appearance.

“We are thrilled to welcome Keitha back to UTEP and El Paso,” Senter said. “Her first stint as head coach of the Miners produced unprecedented success for our women’s basketball program. She loves UTEP and she loves this community, and she is so excited to be coming back. We look forward to creating more magical moments with her back at the helm of Miner Basketball.”

Former Miner coach Kevin Baker stepped down at the conclusion of the season saying he wanted to pursue a different career path.

“I would like to congratulate Coach Kevin Baker and this year’s team for their successful season and WNIT postseason berth. I’m excited to meet with the players and start working towards next season," said Adams. "I look forward to coaching again in the greatest basketball venue in the country, the Don Haskins Center, and making more special memories. I can’t wait to get started with the team, connecting with Miner fans, and reconnecting with El Paso. It’s a great day to be a Miner!”

UTEP is coming off of a 20-win season, C-USA Tournament semifinal appearance and a WNIT Berth.

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