Wichita State women’s coach Jody Adams is one of three finalists to become the next head women’s basketball coach at Kansas.
Adams, who has been at Wichita State for seven seasons, joins Stephen F. Austin coach Brandon Schneider, a former head coach at Emporia State, and Arkansas Little-Rock coach Joe Foley on the list of finalists. All three interviewed for the job this week.
The job became available last month after Kansas fired former coach Bonnie Henrickson after just two NCAA appearances in 11 seasons seasons.
Adams, who also worked as an assistant coach at UMKC during 2000-04, has compiled a 147-79 record at Wichita State and guided the Shockers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
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“Coach Adams has kept us informed,” Becky Endicott, Wichita State senior associate athletic director, told The Wichita Eagle on Thursday. “This isn’t the first opportunity she’s had and probably won’t be the last. We’ll see what happens.”
Last spring, according to the Eagle, Adams was involved in Minnesota’s search for a coach and was one of three finalists at Arkansas.
Schneider, who has been the head coach at Stephen F. Austin since 2010, previously led Emporia State to a Division II NCAA title in 2009-10. In 2014-15, he led Stephen F. Austin to a 23-8 record and a Southland Conference regular-season title with a 16-2 record.
Foley, meanwhile, has led Arkansas-Little Rock to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. A former head coach at Arkansas Tech, Foley guided UALR, an 11th seed, to an upset over Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.