LSU women’s basketball assistant coach Mickie DeMoss was a longtime resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, while serving on the late Pat Summitt’s staff at Tennessee.
Soon, DeMoss may be taking up permanent “residence” there once again.
The Tallulah native and former Louisiana Tech player and coach was named Thursday as one of 10 finalists for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
“This is a tremendous honor to be selected as a finalist for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” DeMoss said according to a university news release. She was helping coach the Lady Tigers on Thursday night at Alabama.
“The members of the hall are a prestigious group and I’m honored to be associated with them. Basketball has been a big part of my life. I’ve had so many great opportunities to work with some many outstanding coaches and players that being considered for the Class of 2018 is truly an honor.”
Inductees will be announced Feb. 12 and introduced during the Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, with enshrinement to take place at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville on June 9.
Other finalists include former Tennessee All-American Chamique Holdsclaw (who played at Tennessee while DeMoss was an assistant), former Auburn All-American Vickie Orr and former Southern California and Houston Comets standout Tina Thompson, the first draft pick in WNBA history.
DeMoss joined the LSU staff in 2016, continuing a career that is now in its 39th season overall.
A player at Louisiana Tech from 1974-77, DeMoss began her coaching career as an assistant at Memphis before serving as head coach at Florida from 1979-83. DeMoss went to Tennessee from 1985-2003 and again from 2010-12, helping coach the Lady Volunteers to six national championships.
In between, DeMoss was head coach from 2003-07 at Kentucky, where she was 2006 Southeastern Conference coach of the year. DeMoss also spent two years as an assistant with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever before returning to Louisiana Tech as an assistant from 2014-16 then moving to LSU for the first time in her career.