UK Head Women’s Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell has retired effectively immediately according to UK. Assistant Kyra Elzy has been named the interim head coach to fill in his spot.
Mitchell battled through emergency brain surgery this summer following a concussion, and has spent much time recovering since to the point that he felt the need to step down.
“After much conversation with my family and Mr. Barnhart, I have decided to retire from coaching and effectively have resigned as head coach at Kentucky. This was a difficult decision and I know the timing is not ideal, but I do not feel I can give the job what it requires at this time. As has been much publicized, I have had an eventful offseason with my injury and subsequent surgery. I have been open about the fact that the surgery and recovery process has been life-altering for me and my family. Through that, my priorities towards my family and my faith has grown even larger than before and that has led me to make this decision. Although so much about today is sad because I will greatly miss the relationships and people that have constantly lifted up my family and me the last 13 years, I am resolute in my decision and comfortable with beginning the next chapter of my life,” he said.
Mitchell retires as the winningest women’s coach in UK history with a 303-133 record and 333-162 total throughout his career. This is the first head coaching position for Elzy, who has served as a NCAA assistant coach since 2002, including associate head coach titles at Kentucky and Tennessee.