WICHITA— In a stunning announcement Tuesday, longtime successful Friends University women’s basketball coach RaeAnn Boothe announced her resignation, just days before the start of school.
Boothe has taken a head coaching position at the University of Texas of the Bermian Basin, which is an NCAA Division II School.
“I have been very proud to serve as the women's basketball coach the last seven years,” Boothe said in a press release. “The players and alumni are a very special group. People like them are why I got into this profession and also why it is very difficult to leave. I am very proud of what they have accomplished on and off the court. The team coming in is a championship team with unbelievable potential. I will be rooting for them on the court and in life.”
Boothe was 159-68 in seven seasons, 103-24 in the KCAC. She guided Friends to five NAIA National Tournament Appearances and the first two wins at the national tournament in program history. The Falcons won three KCAC titles under Boothe, who was voted the KCAC Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2017. She coached 10 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, seven NAIA All-Americans, five KCAC Defensive Players of the Year and two KCAC Players of the Year.
The school announced it is beginning a national search for a replacement.