Fans react to UTEP coach leaving


There’s no place like home for long-time UTEP Women’s Basketball Head Coach Keitha Adams, who is leaving the Borderland for her native state of Kansas.

According to The Wichita Eagle newspaper in Kansas, Adams was hired as a head coach with Wichita State after interviewing with them earlier this week.

Adams is the winningest coach in the program’s history with 284 victories. A surprise to many UTEP women’s basketball fans, who say they didn’t see this coming.

“I don’t know where women’s basketball is going to go from here, but they lost a great coach, a very good coach,” says UTEP WB fan Eddie Sinegal. “She was a big part of UTEP women’s basketball and she is going to be hard to replace.”  

Adams has coached at UTEP for the past 16 seasons making the team one of 10 programs nationally to have won more than 29 games, at least three times in the past five years.

“Coach Adams is great she is good at what she does she makes sure they play hard every game in and out,” says UTEP football player and WB fan Aaron Jones.

UTEP’s Athletic Director Jeff Darby released the following statement:

“Keitha was one of my first hires and has been with us for 16 years. She has done an absolutely unbelievable job. We hate to see her leave, but understand the desire to go home. We can’t thank her enough for everything she has done for UTEP Athletics and the women’s basketball program. She has enjoyed unprecedented success and has graduated all of her players. You won’t find a more quality person anywhere. The Wichita community will fall in love with her, just like El Paso has. She is a great coach and a great friend and we wish her the best.”

Adams released the following statement shortly after:

​”First off I want to thank Dr. Natalicio and Bob Stull for the opportunity and support in my tenure at UTEP. I want to thank my coaches for your efforts and hard work in our journey together. To all of the support staff and numerous individuals who helped our program succeed, thank you!! To all of the UTEP players, I’m so grateful and thankful to have you in my life. To the Miner fans, I will always cherish our memories and moments in the Don Haskins Center. I will always hold dear your support to me and our players. UTEP took me away from my home in Kansas. El Paso became my new home for 16 years. It is only for a unique and special opportunity that I would ever leave UTEP. Wichita State University is 36 miles from my hometown.  It’s a special opportunity for me to share my passion for this game with my family and friends. I will always cheer for the Miners, I will always love El Paso.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God Bless and Go Miners!!”

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