UK WBB Coach Kyra Elzy Fired


In a significant development for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Monday the decision to relieve Kyra Elzy of her duties as head coach.

Elzy, who assumed the role of head coach in November 2020 following Matthew Mitchell’s resignation, concludes her tenure after four seasons at the helm of the Wildcats. Despite the challenges, her leadership saw notable accomplishments, including the crowning achievement of clinching the 2022 Southeastern Conference Tournament championship.

Having been an integral part of the Kentucky basketball family for over a decade, Elzy’s contributions extend beyond her time as head coach. With eight seasons served as both an assistant coach and associate head coach, her dedication and commitment to the program have left an indelible mark.

Reflecting on Elzy’s tenure, Barnhart expressed gratitude for her contributions, acknowledging her efforts both on and off the court. As the university embarks on a new chapter, Barnhart extended his best wishes to Elzy and her family for their future endeavors.

With the departure of Elzy, the University of Kentucky will initiate a national search for a new head coach, aiming to identify a candidate who can lead the program forward and uphold its tradition of excellence. As the search unfolds, the university remains committed to finding a leader who embodies the values and aspirations of the Wildcats women’s basketball program.