EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — After six seasons at the helm, Kevin Baker resigned as the head coach of UTEP women's basketball. The resignation comes after the most successful run under Baker that ended in a WNIT appearance.
"After careful consideration of a generous extension offer from UTEP and weighing my options moving forward, I have decided to end my tenure with the Miners," Baker said. "This has been a tough decision for me, but I think the time is right for me to move on to the next chapter of my life, spend more time near family, and begin searching for a new career path."
Baker had one year left on his current contract and was in talks with the university for an extension. The Miners went 93-85 under Baker, ranking him the third winningest head coach in program history.
"We are so grateful to coach Baker for all of his hard work over the last six years," UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. "He built a program that competed at a high level in Conference USA, culminating in this year's 20-win season. His teams have been fun to watch, and he has been the consummate team player off the court. We wish him the very best as he embarks on the next chapter of a successful career."
UTEP will now look to replace a head coach to hopefully keep a majority of their roster in tact, including their sophomore forward Elina Arike and Junior guard Jazion Jackson which fueled them to a 20-12 season this year.