The University of Missouri Kansas City hired Dionnah Jackson-Durrett as the new women’s basketball coach. 

Former Roos coach Jacie Hoyt left in mid-March to become head coach at Oklahoma State University. 

“We are delighted to have Dionnah as a part of our Kansas City family,” said Director of Athletics Brandon Martin. “She is a phenomenal leader and teacher of the nuances of basketball, and a maven of skill development and championing academic excellence.”

Jackson-Durrett is a former first-round WNBA pick and was one of the most highly touted assistant coaches in the country. She was an associate head coach at Texas for the past two seasons.

She helped lead the Longhorns to 50 wins, a Big 12 Tournament Title and back-to-back elite eight appearances.

“I’m honored and ecstatic to be a part of the Kansas City Athletics family,” Jackson-Durrett said. “Throughout the process the energy has been amazing, and my decision developed organically. I’m supposed to be here, I feel it in my heart.”

There will be an opportunity to meet Jackson-Durrett on April 12 at the Swinney Center, 5030 Holmes St., at 10 a.m. 

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