“A national search for our next head coach is already underway,” Brooks added in his statement. “As we have said in the past, we are committed to competing for championships and postseason success in each of our 21 sports. I am confident we will find the best person to help us achieve that mission and build on the great tradition of Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball.”
While terms have not yet been announced, Texas A&M is expected to increase Taylor’s compensation considerably. Taylor was just extended six years by UGA last year. Her new contract increased her salary $100,000 to $850,000 a year but increased incrementally to $925,000 in the final year, not including numerous performance bonuses.
At Texas A&M, Taylor will replace Gary Blair, who retired after this past season. She steps into the shoes of replacing another legend who leaves as one of the sport’s most-acclaimed coaches and recently had Reed Arena named after him.
There have been recent boosts in pay across women’s basketball. South Carolina’s Dawn Staley recently received $2.9 million per season in a seven-year contract extension. According to a report by USA Today, at least 11 women’s basketball coaches have salaries over $1 million.
Georgia left the NCAA Tournament remaining in search of its first Sweet 16 since 2013. Taylor said she eagerly awaited the opportunity to build on the latest season’s success. She had established a home in Athens with her husband Darius Taylor, newly named assistant general manager of the Atlanta Dream, to raise their two children, Jacie and Drew.
For Brooks, this is the fifth head coaching change he has had to oversee since becoming athletic director 14 months ago. He already has replaced the softball coach, men’s and women’s track coach, women’s soccer coach and, last month, the men’s basketball coach.
To date, firing Tom Crean and hiring Mike White from Florida to coach men’s hoops has been the most high profile. This one is a solid No. 2.