Krista Gerlich named Lady Raider head coach

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech named Krista Gerlich head coach of the Lady Raider basketball team Tuesday.

Video: ‘There is nobody better,’ moment Krista Gerlich introduced as Lady Raider head coach

Before joining Texas Tech, Gerlich was the UT Arlington Lady Mavericks coach since 2013. Over her seven seasons at the helm, the Lady Mavericks posted a 121-94 record and made the Women’s National Invitation Tournament twice.

Before coaching, Gerlich played for the Lady Raiders from 1989 to 1993. She was the team’s point guard when the Lady Raiders won a national championship in 1993. The program retired her No. 21.

“I am excited to announce Krista Gerlich as our next Lady Raider basketball coach,” Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said. “Coach Gerlich has been outstanding as a head coach at both UT-Arlington and West Texas A&M, and her track record as a student-athlete at Texas Tech speaks for itself. I believe that she is the right person to lead our women’s basketball team and I am excited to see what she and the Lady Raiders accomplish in the seasons ahead.”

She graduated from Texas Tech in 1993 with a degree in exercise and sports science.

“I can’t put into words how excited I am to be entrusted with rebuilding the Lady Raider basketball program, which is near and dear to my heart,” Gerlich said. “I can’t wait to get to work on taking this program back to where it’s supposed to be, where it has been and where everyone in the Texas Tech community expects it to be. I’m looking forward to meeting the current Lady Raiders, embracing them and their journey, and helping them write a better ending to their careers at Texas Tech, because they deserve it.

Gerlich spent time as a high school basketball coach before serving as an assistant to Hall of Fame Lady Raider coach Marsha Sharp.

A Texas Tech spokesperson said as part of the interview process Gerlich proactively raised a 2015 public intoxication charge for which she served a two-game suspension.

We asked Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt about the incident and he said, “I spoke with her athletic director about the incident and am satisfied she learned her lesson and has continued to grow as a coach, role model and mentor to her student athletes.”

“I was forthright about the incident throughout the interview process,” Gerlich said. “I’ve shared it with my team as an example of a growing experience to acknowledge that we aren’t all perfect and that everyone makes mistakes.”

Over her 14 years at West Texas A&M and UT Arlington, Gerlich was named TABC Coach of the Year twice, and won three conference titles and five NCAA Tournament games.

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