Karen Aston

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Karen Aston
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Team Texas
Biographical details
Born (1964-07-26) July 26, 1964 (age 51)
Bryant, Arkansas
Playing career
1985–1987 UALR
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1996 Baylor (asst.)
1996–1998 North Texas (asst.)
1998–2006 Texas (asst.)
2006–2007 Baylor (assoc. head coach)
2007–2011 Charlotte
2011–2012 North Texas
2012–present Texas

Karen Sue Aston (born July 26, 1964 in Bryant, Arkansas)[1] is an American basketball player and coach. Since April 2012 she has served as the head women's basketball coach at the University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent prior position was head coach of University of North Texas[2]


In her career as a college assistant coach, Aston has served under three coaches in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. As associate head coach at Baylor, she worked for Kim Mulkey; in an earlier stint at Baylor she served under Sonja Hogg. Prior to becoming Baylor's associate head coach, she served eight seasons in the same capacity at the University of Texas at Austin under Jody Conradt.


Aston was introduced as the 49ers' new head coach on April 27, 2007. She replaced Amanda Butler, who left Charlotte after six seasons (two as head coach) to coach her alma mater, the University of Florida. Aston inherited a 49ers team that had made five consecutive postseason appearances including a WNIT berth in 2007. After a WNIT appearance in 2008, she led the 49ers to the 2009 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Title, and an 11th seed in the 2009 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. After a run to the final four of the WNIT in 2011, Aston abruptly resigned on April 6, 2011 and soon thereafter accepted the head coaching position at North Texas in order to be closer to her family in Arkansas.

North Texas[edit]

On April 11, 2011, Karen Aston was named the sixth head coach of the University of North Texas women's basketball program. She returned to the university where she had coached as an assistant from 1996 to 1998 under longtime UNT head coach Tina Slinker. Aston took over a program that had gone 5–25 the previous year, and tripled that win total her first year with a 15–16 overall record. On February 18, 2012, Aston earned her 100th victory as a head coach.[3]

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Charlotte (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2007–2011)
2007–08 Charlotte 18–14 9–5 4th WNIT First Round
2008–09 Charlotte 23–9 11–3 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2009–10 Charlotte 18–14 9–5 4th WNIT Second Round
2010–11 Charlotte 27–10 9–5 3rd WNIT Final Four
Charlotte: 86–47 (.647) 38–18 (.679)
North Texas (Sun Belt Conference) (2011–2012)
2011–12 North Texas 15–16 7–9 3rd
North Texas: 15–16 (.484) 7–9 (.438)
Texas (Big 12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Texas 12–18 5–13 8th
2013–14 Texas 22–12 11–7 3rd NCAA 2nd Round
2014–15 Texas 24–11 9–9 T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Texas: 58–41 (.586) 25–28 (.472)
Total: 159–104 (.605)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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