Texas Tech Names Gerlich New Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Texas Tech Names Gerlich New Head Women’s Basketball Coach

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Spearman native and former Lady Raider Krista Kirkland Gerlich has been named the new head coach of the Texas Tech Lady Raiders basketball team.

Gerlich was quoted in the release from the university as saying, “I can’t put into words how excited I am to be entrusted with rebuilding the Lady Raider basketball program, which is near and dear to my heart,” Gerlich said. “I can’t wait to get to work on taking this program back to where it’s supposed to be, where it has been and where everyone in the Texas Tech community expects it to be. I’m looking forward to meeting the current Lady Raiders, embracing them and their journey, and helping them write a better ending to their careers at Texas Tech, because they deserve it.

“I believe that Texas Tech is a pot of gold for every sport, and that’s illustrated by how well each program succeeds on a national level year in and year out. There is no reason that Lady Raider basketball can’t do that too, because we’ve already seen it done. We know we have the support, and I am looking forward to bringing that positive excitement and authentic love for the program back to my alma mater.”

Back in 2013, KXDJ’s Chris Samples had a chance to speak with Gerlich. She was part of the Texas Tech Lady Raider team in 1993 that won the national title, along with Sheryl Swoopes. Gerlich shared what it was like playing with a superstar like Swoopes.

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