Kentucky assistant AD Figgs steps down

Kentucky’s Ukari Figgs, an assistant athletics director for women’s basketball, is leaving the program to accept a private sector job.

In a release, the school said the Miss Basketball from Scott County is taking a position as an assembly engineering specialist at Toyota in Georgetown.

Figgs was in her third year in the UK position and was responsible for scheduling, team travel supervising all non-coaching personnel, management of the budget, facility coordinator among other duties.

“Stepping away from this position at UK was a very difficult decision for me because I am so appreciative of the opportunity that Matthew Mitchell and Mitch Barnhart have given me,” Figgs said in the release.

“I love working at the University of Kentucky, the college I grew up cheering for, and I was so happy to be given the chance to return to college athletics,” Figgs continued. “However, circumstances surrounding my family in the past few months have put things in perspective for me as far as my priorities and where my time and energy needs to be devoted.”

Figgs graduated from Purdue with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1999 and spent more than five years as a production engineer at Toyota before she entered in the coaching ranks in 2009.

According to the UK salary database, Figgs was making $105,000 a year in her position with women’s basketball. UK spokesman Susan Lax said Figgs’ duties will be spread throughout the staff until a replacement is hired.

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