PROVO -- President Merrill J. Bateman has announced BYUwomen's basketball head coach Trent Shippen has decided to step down as head coach. BYU has selected Jeff Judkins as the new head coach. Shippen will remain as an assistant coach under Judkins.
"We are pleased with the work Trent has done as head coach," said President Bateman. He has a successful record and has made a significant contribution to women's basketball at BYU. "We now turn our support to Jeff Judkins who brings great strength to the program and we look forward to a successful future. "
"It's been a great opportunity for me to be the coach of the women's program for the past four years, Shippen said. "We were able to go to post-season play three straight years and picked up our firstpostseason win last month. I'm looking forward to working hand in hand with Jeff in our program. I know how much the team enjoyed him as a person and his teaching abilities on the court. My concern for my family is a major consideration for this decision."
This is Jeff Judkins first head coaching position. He had been an assistant under Shippen last season and was also head of basketball operations for both men's and women's programs the past two years. Prior to coming to BYU, he had been an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Utah for 10 years.
"I'm very excited and honored to be able to take on this program, and I am looking forward to what we can do here at BYU," said Judkins. "Trent and I will be working together to continue to improve the women's program.
Shippen compiled a 72-48 (.600) record in his four years at BYU, including taking his teams to two title games in the MWC Championships and three post-season invitations. The Cougar team picked up its first post-season win, a 78-63 victory over Oregon State in this year's WNIT.
"We really appreciate what Trent has done with our women's basketball program," added Elaine Michaelis, BYU's Women's Athletic Director. "He has been a very good influence on the team members and has lifted the program well beyond where it's been in the past.
"Jeff Judkins brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to our women's program, and we're looking forward to working with him in his new assignment," said Michaelis.
Judkins, a longtime University of Utah coach and player takes over the BYU program with a proven record of success that dates back to his high school days at Highland High School in Salt Lake City. An all-state selection in basketball, football and baseball, Judkins went on to play for Utah from 1974-78. While playing for the Utes, he helped the team win one conference championship and two berths in the NCAA Tournament. He was a second-team academic All-American and three-time first-team District VII academic selection. Judkins earned three first-team All-WAC honors and was a member of the 1977 United States World Games team that captured the gold medal.
He played five years in the National Basketball Association for the Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons and the Utah Jazz. He was a second-round pick by the Celtics in 1978, the same year the Celtics selected Larry Bird with the sixth pick overall.
After his NBA career, he returned to the the University of Utah in 1989, and was an integral part of the program's success during his 10 year tenure.
Judkins, a Salt Lake City native, graduated from Utah in 1978 with a degree in health and physical education. He is a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the Crimson Club Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Mary Kay, are the parents of five children: Jessica (20), Jordan (18), Jenna (16), Jaime (13) and Jaxson (10).
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