Mitchell to fill assistant coach vacancy

A women’s basketball assistant coach opening was posted on Monday to replace Christian Stefanopoulos, who left Kentucky at the start of the season with what the school called an undisclosed illness.

The deadline to apply for the position is Saturday, according to the university’s jobs board.

Kentucky was down an assistant this season, with Coach Matthew Mitchell promoting staff member and former player Crystal Riley to an on-the-court coaching position until the end of the season when he could do a search.

Stefanopoulos, who previously was a video coordinator at UK and an assistant coach under Mitchell at Morehead State, was hired at this time last year — a two-year deal worth $170,000 with additional incentive clauses —  before formally resigning in December.

Mitchell did a complete coaching staff overhaul last season, not renewing the contracts of Shalon Pillow and Jeff House, the latter of which was only on staff for one season.

Mitchell hired new assistant coaches Tamika Williams and Adeniyi Amadou last offseason. Amadou is under contract through June 30, 2016, and Williams’ deal runs through June 30 of this year.


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