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Corkery steps down as associate head coach, focus on family

Posted: June 28, 2017 - 3:07pm

A day after a player announced a desire to transfer following graduation, the Texas Tech women’s basketball team disclosed an assistant will also not return for the 2017-2018 campaign.

Matt Corkery, who has coached with the Lady Raiders for the past four seasons, stepped down as associated head coach Wednesday to focus on being a husband and father.

He is the second assistant, along with Ray Caldwell, to depart the program.

“I would like to thank Coach Whitaker and Texas Tech for the opportunity to be a part of the Lady Raider program these last four years. It is important for me at this point in my life to shift my priority to my family and be a present part of their daily lives. I will always love this university and be grateful for my time at Tech,” Corkery said.

Corkery helped guide Texas Tech to back-to-back Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal appearances and was instrumental in recruiting, defense, scheduling and scouting.

“Matt informed me last week that he was resigning to be fully invested in his new family,” Texas Tech head women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker said. “We respect what Matt is doing and appreciate his dedication to our program. We all wish the best for him and his family.”

Prior to his four-year stint with the Lady Raiders, Corkery served as the head coach at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a native of Whitharral.

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