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UGA Women's hoops coach leaving for Texas A&M

Joni Taylor's Lady Bulldogs fell to Iowa State, 67-44
Joni Taylor is leaving UGA for Texas A&M

The University of Georgia will start the 2022-2023 basketball season with not one, but two new head coaches.

Women’s basketball head coach Joni Taylor is leaving UGA for SEC rival Texas A&M, the university announced today. UGA athletic director Josh Brooks praised Taylor for her work on and off the court, including her community involvement.

Taylor’s departure comes just days after the Lady Bulldogs were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a lopsided 67-44 loss to Iowa State.

Over her seven seasons at UGA, Taylor racked up a 140-75 overall record, going 62-48 in SEC games. She was named SEC Coach of the Year last year.

Taylor’s move to Texas A&M comes just a few weeks after UGA fired men’s basketball coach Tom Crean. Crean will be replaced by former Florida head coach Mike White. UGA athletic officials say the search for Taylor’s replacement is already underway.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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