Texas hires Vic Schaefer away from Mississippi State

Highly successful women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer is departing Mississippi State to be the new coach at Texas, Longhorns athletic director Chris Del Conte and Schaefer both indicated Sunday.

Del Conte tweeted a photo of Schaefer and his family displaying “Hook ’em Horns” signs in front of a mounted longhorn. Part of Del Conte’s tweet said “Guess who’s coming …”

Schaefer put the same photo of his Twitter profile and changed his bio line to say “Vic Schaefer, University of Texas Head Women’s Basketball Coach.”

The 59-year-old Schaefer will be replacing Karen Aston. Texas announced Friday that her contract wouldn’t be renewed.

It is a homecoming for Schaefer, who was born in Austin, home to the Texas campus.

Schaefer guided Mississippi State on the NCAA championship game in both 2017 and 2018. He went 221-62 in eight seasons, including a 37-2 mark in the 2017-18 campaign.

The Bulldogs pulled off one of the biggest victories in women’s college basketball history when they recorded a 66-64 overtime victory over Connecticut in the 2017 Final Four. The win ended UConn’s record 111-game winning streak.

Mississippi State lost 67-55 to South Carolina in the title game. The Bulldogs reached the championship contest again the following season before losing 61-58 to Notre Dame.

Mississippi State made it three straight Elite Eight trips in 2019, before going 27-6 this past season when the season was canceled prior to the NCAA Tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schaefer has an overall record of 301-172, counting a seven-season stint at Sam Houston from 1990-97. He was 80-110 with the Bearkats.

Aston’s teams went 184-83, including a 2016 appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, during her eight seasons. The Longhorns reached the Sweet 16 in four consecutive seasons from 2014-17.

Texas is coming off a 19-11 season, including an 11-7 mark in Big 12 play.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)