Kristy Curry

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Kristy Curry
Current position
TitleHead coach
Record98–97 (.503)
Biographical details
Born (1966-10-29) October 29, 1966 (age 52)
Olla, Louisiana
Alma materNortheast Louisiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1990Weston HS
1990–1991Mansfield HS
1991–1992Tulane (asst.)
1994–1996Texas A&M (asst.)
1996–1999Louisiana Tech (asst.)
2006–2013Texas Tech
Head coaching record
Overall407–245 (.624)
Tournaments15–9 NCAA
11–6 WNIT
Accomplishments and honors
3x Big Ten Tournament (2000, 2003, 2004)
2x Big Ten regular season (2001, 2002)
Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award (2014)

Kristy Lynn Curry née Sims (born October 30, 1966)[1] is the head coach of the University of Alabama's women's basketball team, the Crimson Tide. She took the job in 2013.

Coaching career[edit]

Curry graduated from Northeast Louisiana University in 1988. Her career started with coaching jobs at Weston and Mansfield High Schools in her home state of Louisiana. She held several college assistant coaching jobs, including Tulane, Texas A&M, and Louisiana Tech. Immediately prior to taking her position with the Lady Raiders on March 30, 2006, she was the head coach of Purdue's women's basketball team. In addition to two Big Ten championships, she led the Boilermakers to seven consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, including four appearances in the Sweet Sixteen, two appearances in the Elite Eight, one appearance in the Final Four, and one appearance in the national championship game (2001).[2]

As head coach of the Texas Tech Lady Raiders, following the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Marsha Sharp, Curry embarked upon a rebuilding program as her tenure began in 2006, facing the challenges of new-era recruiting and the increased talent prevalent in the Big Twelve Conference, especially Big Twelve South opponents Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M, all of whom were frequently ranked in the Top 25 and contending for the national championship. In her first six years at Texas Tech, Curry led the Lady Raiders to three appearances in the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

In January 2011, the Lady Raiders ascended to #26 in the AP national rankings (#25 in the Coaches' Poll), and on February 19, 2011 in the United Spirit Arena, the Lady Raiders upset the #1-ranked Baylor Bears. In the regular-season finale on March 5, 2011 Texas Tech defeated the #18 Oklahoma Sooners for the Lady Raiders' third victory over a ranked opponent in seventeen days. Texas Tech accepted an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

In March 2011, Curry signed a five-year contract extension with Texas Tech.[3] Under Curry's leadership, the Lady Raiders began the 2011–12 season with 14 straight victories and were ranked #10 in the AP poll in early January 2012.

On January 9, 2013, Curry reached her 300th career victory, with a win over the Kansas State Wildcats with a score of 59–50 on her home court in Lubbock, Texas, with a career record of 300–141 (.680) at the time. Curry guided the Texas Tech Lady Raiders to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, their second appearance in three years in the tournament.

Curry accepted the same position at The University of Alabama on May 11, 2013, and replaced former Crimson Tide basketball star Wendell Hudson as head coach.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1999–2006)
1999–00 Purdue 23–8 11–5 T–3rd NCAA Second Round
2000–01 Purdue 31–7 14–2 1st NCAA Runner-Up
2001–02 Purdue 24–6 13–3 1st NCAA Second Round
2002–03 Purdue 29–6 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2003–04 Purdue 29–4 14–2 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–05 Purdue 17–13 9–7 5th NCAA Second Round
2005–06 Purdue 26–7 13–3 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Purdue: 179–51 (.778) 86–26 (.768)
Texas Tech Lady Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (2006–2013)
2006–07 Texas Tech 15–16 6–10 T–7th
2007–08 Texas Tech 17–16 4–12 T–10th WNIT Third Round
2008–09 Texas Tech 16–15 6–10 T–7th
2009–10 Texas Tech 18–15 5–11 T–8th WNIT Second Round
2010–11 Texas Tech 22–11 8–8 6th NCAA First Round
2011–12 Texas Tech 21–14 6–12 9th WNIT Third Round
2012–13 Texas Tech 21–11 11–7 T–3rd NCAA First Round
Texas Tech: 130–98 (.570) 46–70 (.397)
Alabama Crimson Tide (Southeastern Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Alabama 14–16 7–9 T–6th
2014–15 Alabama 13–19 2–14 14th
2015–16 Alabama 15–16 4–12 12th WNIT First Round
2016–17 Alabama 22–14 5–11 T-11th WNIT Quarterfinals
2017–18 Alabama 20–14 7–9 8th WNIT Quarterfinals
2018–19 Alabama 14-17 5-11 11th
Alabama: 98–97 (.503) 30–66 (.313)
Total: 407–245 (.624)

      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


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  2. ^ "2019 Women's Basketball Roster". Texas Tech University Athletics.
  3. ^ "2019 Women's Basketball Roster". Texas Tech University Athletics.
  4. ^ Birdsong, Nick (May 16, 2013). "Alabama introduces new women's basketball coach Kristy Curry". Retrieved May 20, 2013.

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