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Sources: UNCW to hire Karen Barefoot from ODU

Karen Barefoot will leave ODU to become the next head coach at UNC Wilmington, according to multiple sources.

Courtesy of Old Dominion Athletics

Old Dominion head coach Karen Barefoot will leave for UNC Wilmington, according to multiple Swish Appeal sources, with one source stating “it’s a done deal.”

Also, according to sources, the Lady Monarchs’ administration already have a shortlist of candidates.

Barefoot leaves Old Dominion after six seasons at the helm where she compiled and an overall record of 103-93. Taking over the Seahawks will be the fifth school Barefoot has been the head coach at.

She has made stops at Elon, Lenoir-Rhyne and the Apprentice School. At Elon Barefoot led the team to its best record in 2010-2011 where they went 20-13. That same year, the Phoenix reached its first postseason play at the Division 1 level when they played in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.

After leading Lenoir-Rhyne to its first South Atlantic Conference regular season title, SAC Tournament Championship and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

Barefoot first started coaching at the age of 22 where she coached at the Apprentice School — the first women’s athletic program at the school. During her tutelage with the Lady Builders Barefoot not only had an overall record of 104-42 but won two national championships as well. The first title came in 2001 after the National Small College Athletic Association tournament then repeated the following year at the National Tournament of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.