DeHoff Resigns as Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Resignation effective April 15
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014 11:02
Carolyn DeHoff announced her resignation as NDSU head women’s basketball coach effective April 15. DeHoff, in her sixth season as head coach, addressed the media Thursday with two players and director of women’s athletics Lynn Dorn.
Scrutiny on social media was attributed to the announcement being made.
“Last weekend didn’t fare so well for us, obviously from an outcome standpoint,” DeHoff said. “Media has been quite the learning lesson for us as coaches and how to educate our student athletes in terms of its use. I think the kids are being unjustly beat up from social media and I have to take that off of them, because that’s on me. I just think it’s time for me to let them know that we are going to finish this out together and I’m going to coach them for these last three games and the Summit League Tournament. And at the end of the season they will have a new coach.”
The Bison are 6-20 under DeHoff this season with a 2-9 record in The Summit League.
“I do know this, we have three games left and we will continue to prepare them as players, we will continue to compete,” DeHoff said. “We have unfinished business with the regular season.”
Compiling a 72-101 record as head coach, DeHoff is in her final year of her contract with no apparent talks of renewing that contract occurring. But Bison players were surprised to hear news of their head coach resigning.
“It was a shock to us,” junior forward Liz Keena said. “This is a lot to process and I can speak for the team that we are all speechless. If there is ever something to rally behind, this would definitely be one of those times.”
DeHoff was signed in 2008 to become the next head coach of the women’s basketball team and led NDSU to 16-13 seasons in her first two years. A steady decline in wins ensued as the Bison failed to win a conference game since the 2008 season.
“I don’t know if I call it frustrating,” DeHoff said. “I just know the work that we put in as coaches in preparing these players in the offseason… and than not to see the outcome has been the hardest for us coaches and especially for me.”
Sophomore forward Holly Johnson, who has started every game for the Bison, said, “Everyone is beyond grateful for the opportunity she has given us to play D-1 basketball here and she has helped me grow as a person and player as well.”
Last season, NDSU finished 10-19 and 6-10 in The Summit League to finish seventh in the conference. DeHoff has an overvall conference record of 48-51 and a 1-5 record in postseason play.
With a struggling program, DeHoff continued to stay the course and has been a well-liked figure in the athletic department.
“The quality of her kids, the character, the academic success, truly Carolyn DeHoff is a good person,” Dorn said.
But with a storied program that was the highlight of Bison athletics in the 1990s, all indications pointed at the Bison going in a different direction after this season. The decision to announce the resignation, though, moved in swiftly.
“Our first conversation was yesterday, so it has moved very quickly,” Dorn said. “Our commitment is to finish the season, we have a staff that is going to fulfill their commitment. It will be a national search and as you know, it’s an outstanding opportunity that will attract a lot of candidates.”
DeHoff played basketball and graduated from Arizona State University. She was an assistant coach at Wyoming in 1991 for eight years, Weber State from 1998-2003 and Utah for the next five years before taking her first head coaching job at NDSU.