Vic Schaefer has the best women’s basketball job in the country, according to an anonymous poll of more than 30 of his Power 5 coaching peers.
The Longhorns are resurgent under Schaefer. Texas is preparing for its second straight Elite Eight on Sunday against Stanford.
The poll was conducted by The Athletic and was released in advance of the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Athletic polled more than 30 current head coaches and assistant coaches in the Power 5 conferences and asked them to rank the top three jobs in the nation. The criteria wasn’t specific, but the coaches were to base their rankings on ‘…everything they think goes into making a program great to work.’
Texas ended up at the top with nine first-place votes. Oddly enough, the Longhorns’ opponent on Sunday, Stanford, was second with seven first-place votes. Duke, Tennessee and Ohio State rounded out the Top 5.
Why Texas? Coaches polled cited what they consider the Longhorns’ unlimited budget, recruiting footprint, administrative support and fan support. In fact, one coach said the overall support of the program makes it a job that will always be coveted.
One also cited the Moody Center, which will be the new home of Texas basketball next November, as a factor.
For now, it’s Schaefer’s job as he tries to return Texas to the Final Four for the first time since 2003. The Texas Longhorns are one of the NCAA’s top programs in women’s basketball history with one national championship, anchored by legendary coach Jody Conradt and players like Clarissa Davis and Kamie Ethridge.
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