Charlotte 49ers Director of Athletics Judy Rose has announced the resignation of women's basketball coach Karen Aston effective immediately. A nationwide search for a new coach will begin immediately.
"I would like to thank Charlotte, and in particular Judy Rose and Dr. Phil Dubois for this tremendous opportunity to coach the 49ers," Aston said. "I loved my time spent here, and have some everlasting memories of Charlotte. I simply found it was time to pursue other opportunities, and more importantly, get closer to my family. Again, I am forever indebted to the people here for allowing me this opportunity and wish Charlotte continued success!"
Aston leaves Charlotte after four seasons at the helm of the 49ers women's basketball program. Aston led the 49ers to 86 wins, the 2009 Atlantic 10 tournament title, an appearance in the 2011 WNIT Final Four, one NCAA Tournament berth and three WNIT appearances in her tenure as head coach.
Aston guided the 49ers to the A-10 Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. It was the 49ers second-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. She also led the 49ers to the WNIT in 2008, 2010 and 2011. This past year, she led the 49ers to a school-record 27 wins and the four WNIT victories on the path to the WNIT Final Four. Charlotte won at least 18 games in each of her four seasons including two twenty wins seasons.
"I am both shocked and disappointed with Karen's decision," Rose said "A year ago we mutually agreed to an extension of her contract through May 1, 2015. I pledge to our players, fans, and all of Niner Nation that we will begin a national search immediately to acquire the best coach for our university. Our women's basketball program is in great shape, so along with all that the city of Charlotte and UNC Charlotte offer, this is a very attractive position. We wish Karen well and thank her for her service."