DEMAREE: DeMoss cemented solidly at Kentucky

University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart announced Monday a two-year extension on the contract of UK's head women's basketball coach Mickie DeMoss. The extension gives her a new five-year deal worth $350,000 annually. This in essence cements her existence at the university.

"I think it's a sign of a commitment that UK's making to women's basketball," a happy DeMoss said. "The future looks great and I'm excited that I'm going to be here for a few more years. DeMoss said that Barnhart approached her and said when the season is over we need to sit down and talk about the future and come up with something in writing.

"Mitch has been really good about awarding the successes that we've had," Demoss said. "I think this year was kind of a statement year for women's basketball. I think he really stepped to the plate and I was pleased with what he had to offer. It's good to know how the university feels about women's basketball and it solidifies the future."

Had any other university talked to DeMoss? "Oh, just a little rumblings," she said. "The Texas Tech job came open and my name was thrown around a little bit. Contact came to me indirectly – you know how it is in the profession; but nothing direct. I'm not looking to go anywhere else. UK has so much to offer."

She said they could now jump in with both feet and move the program forward. How about the assistants? "The staff is in tact the last time I checked. The more success you have, people are going to start coming after your assistants." DeMoss said this means a lot in recruiting.

In her three years here, DeMoss has made a stamp on the program. She said she is pleased with the success they have had here and it has happened a lot quicker than she ever thought. DeMoss is presently involved in a camp and in keeping with the success, the numbers are up. She stated that the attendance has tripled.

Women's attendance has been very good, with Kentucky in the top 25 in the nation. The team will again have as many as four games in Rupp Arena and are shooting for five.

DeMoss brought in one her long time friends, Ruthie Bolton to help her in her camp. Bolton said she knows that DeMoss really cares about her people. She stepped out on faith to come to Kentucky to coach basketball. DeMoss said she recruited Bolton's sister when she was at Auburn they go way back.

Bolton is a current coach at William Jessup University (NAIA) in Rocklin, California. She played at Auburn 1986 to '89 and went on to play in the WNBA, where she was a two-time first team WNBA All-Star as well as a two-time Olympic medalist (1996 and 2000). The list of credits goes on and on. What kind of impact would Coach Bolton have on UK's kids? Being one of twenty kids in her own family, she surely is making an impact as far as work ethic is concerned. For the rest of the summer, Ruthie Bolton will be working camps in Mexico, Portland, Oregon, Sacramento, California, Jackson, Mississippi, Amsterdam, Holland and in Kenya in September.

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