Mickie DeMoss Departs Fever to Join Tyler Summitt as Associate Head Coach at Alma Mater
Official Release | April 2, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Fever assistant coach Mickie DeMoss has been named the associate head coach at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech University, it was announced today. DeMoss, who spent two seasons with the Fever under head coach Lin Dunn, will assist Tyler Summitt, who was named as head coach of the Lady Techsters.
DeMoss joined Indiana in 2012 and helped the Fever to a WNBA championship in her first season. She returns to her alma mater where she played on its inaugural women's basketball team in 1974.
"When your alma mater calls ... you answer!," said Dunn. "Of course we will miss Mickie, however we certainly understand her desire to help Tyler rebuild Louisiana Tech into a national power. We truly appreciate all Mickie has done for the Indiana Fever and we wish her the very best."
DeMoss spent 20 seasons as an assistant and associate coach under Summitt's legendary mom, Pat Summitt. DeMoss helped the Volunteers to six national championships and 12 Final Four appearances. She later was the head coach at Kentucky for three seasons and was named the 2006 SEC Coach of the Year.
Added Fever President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf, "We are really sorry to see Mickie go but I know Mickie and Tyler have a long history and I am happy for her that she will be working with him and also at her alma mater. She did a great job here in her two seasons and I want to thank her for all that she did for our franchise. I wish her well as she heads to her home state."
Said Tyler Summitt in a statement released by the university, "I am very excited to have Mickie as our associate head coach. Mickie has always been family to me so it is only fitting that she joins us back here with the Louisiana Tech family. I respect Mickie and see her not only as a friend but a mentor, and I will be relying on her expertise moving forward."
The Fever opens training camp April 27, prior to hosting a preseason game with the Washington Mystics on Monday, May 5 (12:00 p.m.). The Fever opens the regular season at Chicago on May 16 before hosting its home opener against the Atlanta Dream on Saturday, May 17 (7:00 p.m.)