I never thought all those years ago when I met you at the campus rec center playing pick up basketball that I would meet the greatest coach in the history of Texas A&M-Commerce Women’s Basketball. Life is funny like that.
When you took the job back in 2014, Women’s Basketball was dead at TAMUC. In fact, it had really only lived for about 2-3 seasons max. It was in desperate need of a coach that would bring a fresh, new approach to Women’s Basketball. At that point, we were just hoping for a competitive Women’s program.
We got so much more than that. A .500 season became 3 straight winning seasons, which morphed into Championship seasons, 4 NCAA tournaments, and 157 wins. You became the GOAT of TAMUC Women’s Basketball Coaches in such a short amount of time and you, along with those special players of yours, turned us into a powerhouse. Women’s Basketball was as respected by opponents as it was loved by fans.
To be honest, we knew this day would come, and we knew how bittersweet it would be. Change is the nature of the Universe. We knew the better the program was, the bigger your name was going to be, and college athletics is all about who succeeds at lower levels and is rewarded with bigger jobs and if they have success, that builds more and more.
It is bitter because we are losing a tremendous asset to the University community, a Coach who did everything the right way, who graduated his players, represented our school the right way in every way, shape, and form. We now have a Women’s program to be very proud of, and you did the one thing every coach should do, leave the game better than where you found it, and you have certainly did that.
Godspeed Coach. The best of luck to you and your family, and remember, wherever you go, or whatever you do, you are always a Lion. Remember that.
Thank you, Jason Burton.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”-Luke 16:10