FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Jimmy Dykes quit Friday as Arkansas’ women’s basketball coach after compiling a 16-36 record against Southeastern Conference foes over three seasons.
Arkansas was 43-49 under Dykes and made the NCAA Tournament only once, in his first season.
The former ESPN basketball analyst had never coached the women’s game, and had last coached men as an assistant under Eddie Sutton in 1991. Athletic director Jeff Long said he appreciated Dykes’ effort, but supported the decision to step down.
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”When we met following the completion of the women’s basketball season, Jimmy informed me that he would be stepping down from his position as head coach,” Long said. ”I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
The Razorbacks lost 11 in a row to end the season and finished 13-17.
”It was a tremendous honor to be the head coach at my alma mater for the past three years,” Dykes said in a statement. ”I know in my heart, that God moved me into this position and I trust 100 percent that he is now moving me forward to something different.”