Gerlich brings long history of success
As the new women’s basketball coach, Krista Gerlich is determined to recruit, retain, educate, and graduate student-athletes. And win championships.
“To do the things we want to do on the court, we have to have a stronger mindset and be able to physically exert ourselves over a long period of time,” says Gerlich, who comes to UT Arlington from West Texas A&M University. “We want to put an exciting team on the floor that is going to build attendance.”
The former Texas Tech standout went 168–53 in seven seasons as head coach at WTAMU. Her teams won four consecutive South Division Lone Star Conference titles from 2007-10 and three consecutive Lone Star Conference championships from 2008-10. She recorded 100, 125, and 150 wins faster than any coach in school history.
Prior to joining West Texas A&M, Gerlich spent three seasons as an assistant at Texas Tech under legendary coach Marsha Sharp. She also was an assistant at UT San Antonio and a head coach at several Texas high schools.
As a player from 1989–93, she helped the Lady Raiders win the NCAA national championship her senior season. She was named to the All-Time Southwest Conference team and is one of three Texas Tech women’s players to have her jersey retired.
“I don’t think we could have picked a better candidate,” Athletics Director Jim Baker says. “Krista has been a winner every place she’s been and at every level. We’re confident in her ability to take our program to the next level.”