Alabama hires Kristy Curry as coach

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Texas Tech women's basketball coach Kristy Curry is headed to Alabama.

Curry guided the Lady Raiders to a 21-11 mark this past season, which ended in a first-round loss to South Florida in the NCAA tournament. She was 130-98 in her seven years at Texas Tech.

"I am honored and thrilled to be the next women's basketball coach at the University of Alabama," Curry said. "The Alabama program has tremendous potential and I am very excited to get the chance to lead the Crimson Tide back to national prominence. I want to thank the Alabama administration for the confidence they have shown in me, and for giving me this opportunity. We leave Texas Tech with heavy hearts. Kelly and I owe our deepest gratitude to so many people in the Red Raider family. We will always be grateful to the Texas Tech fans, the administration, the faculty and, most of all, our players."

Prior to coaching at Texas Tech, Curry spent seven seasons at Purdue where she guided the Boilermakers to NCAA tournament appearances in each season, including the championship game in 2001. She became the second coach in NCAA history to lead her squad to the championship game in her second head as a head coach.

Alabama had reassigned women's basketball coach Wendell Hudson to an administrative role last month. The Crimson Tide went 68-87 and 14-64 in Southeastern Conference games during Hudson's five seasons. They were 13-18 this past year.

Hudson was Alabama's first black scholarship athlete. He played forward under coach C.M. Newton from 1970-73.

"I am very excited to announce that Kristy Curry will be the next women's basketball coach at the University of Alabama," said UA Director of Athletics Bill Battle. "When we began our search for a head coach, we sought a veteran head coach that had a proven record as a consistent winner. Coach Curry has produced an impressive record at Purdue and Texas Tech. We are thrilled that she has chosen to lead our program, and we are looking forward to welcoming Kristy, her husband Kelly, and their children, Kelsey and Kendall, to Tuscaloosa."