By David Wilson
The Trevecca women’s basketball coach on Monday announced on Twitter that he was resigning.
Chad Hibdon, the fifth women’s basketball coach in Trevecca Nazarene University’s history, posted on his Twitter account at 1:38 p.m. that “After a lot of reflection, prayer, and other opportunities that have presented themselves the last few weeks, I have decided to resign as the head coach at Trevecca…”
The university later issued a press release stating Hibdon “announced his resignation effective today.”
Hibdon finished his career at Trevecca with an overall record of 49-99 and a 39-70 record in Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
“I met multiple times with [Trevecca Athletic Director] Mark [Elliott] over the last several weeks, and we both agreed that this is what’s best for both sides. Any decision that you make has an effect on multiple people. We both concluded that it is time to give Trevecca basketball a fresh face,” Hibdon said in a phone interview.
Hibdon declined to comment on whether he as another coaching job lined up.
Elliott met with the team Monday afternoon.
“We had a team meeting with Mark Elliott around 3 P.M. this afternoon. He broke the news to us and walked us through the next steps. Right now, we will just continue to train and prepare for next season. Mark said that he will start the process of finding our next head coach, hoping to have the position filled by May,” said freshman forward Emma Palmer.
Elliot said he will immediately begin the process of hiring a new coach with the goal of having someone in place by late April or early May.
“Chad has worked hard to rebuild our historically strong women’s basketball program during a period that’s encompassed some of the most trying circumstances in the history of athletics. We are very thankful for all the time and effort that he devoted to Trevecca, and we wish Chad and his family nothing but the best as they move forward,” Elliot said in the press release.
Current assistant coach Taylor Clark will lead the Trojans through the remainder of their offseason strength and conditioning program, said Elliot.
“She has gladly accepted the opportunity to lead our women until the conclusion of their offseason program,” said Elliott.