Former UK coach Kyra Elzy joins Duke staff

Published 4:09 pm Friday, June 14, 2024

Former Kentucky women’s basketball coach Krya Elzy has found a new home.

Elzy was hired by Duke and will serve as an assistant coach to Blue Devils coach Kara Lawson, it was announced by the school on Monday.

“This is a big day for Duke Basketball,” Lawson said. “We are thrilled to welcome Kyra Elzy to ‘The Sisterhood.’ She will immediately raise the level in our program. Kyra brings great integrity, tactical ability and passion to Durham. She is one of the best relationship builders I’ve been around. She’s been an elite player and coach. I look forward to pursuing championships together again.”

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In four seasons as coach at Kentucky, Elzy guided the Wildcats to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament and led Kentucky to the Southeastern Conference Tournament title in 2022.

“I am elated beyond belief to join the Duke family and the incredible staff that Coach Lawson has assembled,” said Elzy. “Duke has a standard of excellence and competes at the highest level, and I look forward to being a part of this rich tradition. It is also a tremendous privilege to work with my sister and former teammate. Kara is a servant leader who embodies loyalty, family, and greatness, and I am grateful for this opportunity to assist her and to inspire, impact, and influence young women.”

Elzy played her prep career at Oldham County and played at Tennessee, where she was a member of two national championship teams in 1997-98. She compiled a 61-60 mark in her four seasons as coach of the Wildcats.

She served two stints as an assistant coach at Kentucky and also was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky, Kansas and Tennessee.