Assistant women’s basketball coach Mickie DeMoss has stepped down from her position with the program, LSU announced on Thursday.
The future Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee leaves the Lady Tigers after two years under coach Nikki Fargas and 41 years in the coaching profession.
DeMoss, a Louisiana native, is not officially retiring from the sport altogether, she said, leaving the door open for possible consulting work or other smaller positions. However, she does not have immediate plans or desires to take any full-time coaching jobs.
The decision was made some time in the fall near the beginning of the season. She informed Fargas of her plans early last month.
In her brief time at LSU, DeMoss was a crucial part in rebuilding the program back into a NCAA tournament team after the Lady Tigers didn’t have their name called in the 2016 bracket.
According to a team spokesman, there are no official plans for filling DeMoss’ position at the moment.
“It was time to take care of some other things in life,” DeMoss said. “I’ve been coaching for 41 years. After that long, you need to do something else or do nothing at all.
“I feel great about it. I feel great about not having anything to do.”
DeMoss was a well-respected figure in women’s college basketball as a longtime assistant to legendary coach Pat Summit at Tennessee from 1985 to 2003 and then from 2010 to 2012 for the final years of the Summit era. She was part of six national championships with the Lady Vols.
She was also the head coach at Florida (1979-83) and Kentucky (2003-07) during her career. She was named 2006 SEC Coach of the Year.
DeMoss was with Tennessee when Fargas won a national championship as a player in 1991.
She’ll be inducted into the 2018 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 9.
“We are so thankful for the two seasons that coach DeMoss has given us at LSU,” Fargas said in a statement. “Her knowledge of the game and the women’s basketball landscape was invaluable to me, our staff and our players. We wish her the best in this new chapter in her life.”
Through a team spokesperson, Fargas declined further comment.
DeMoss said she plans on staying in Baton Rouge for now to be close to family in the state. She’s also been in talks to join the board of the Pat Summit Foundation.
“These last two years at LSU was a great way to end my career, to come back home and work with a staff of people I’ve known for a long time,” DeMoss said. “It was just the right time.”