North Texas hires Jason Burton as women's basketball coach
DENTON, Texas (AP) North Texas hired Jason Burton as its women's basketball coach Monday after he spent the last nine seasons at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Burton replaces Jalie Mitchell, who a week earlier announced her departure after eight seasons coaching her alma mater. Mitchell was 111-127, including an 11-20 record this season.
Texas A&M Commerce was 171-90 under Burton, with the only losing record coming this season when the Lions were 14-19 in the first year of their transition to the NCAA Division I level. They finished 10-8 in Southland Conference games.
The Lions were 69-12 over their last three seasons at the Division II level. They tied a school record for wins when going 28-3 in 2019-20 before the NCAA tourney was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, then went 14-4 in the shortened 2020-21 season, and 27-5 the season after that.
Burton was an assistant men's coach at Commerce from 2007-11. He then spent two years as an assistant coach at Texas State and one year as the boys head coach at McKinney (Texas) Boyd High School before returning to Commerce.
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Updated March 27, 2023