It appears the Tarleton State women's basketball players have come to a consensus regarding their feelings toward their new head coach, and they couldn't be stronger.
Misty Wilson was promoted from assistant to head coach Wednesday morning, immediately following former head coach Ronnie Hearne's retirement announcement in a press conference at Wisdom Gym.
"We were excited to know Coach Wilson was going to take it and it won't be someone new coming in," said sophomore point guard Raven McGrath. "Coach Wilson was an awesome assistant and I know she'll be a great head coach."
McGrath isn't the only one saying as much about Wilson, who played at Tarleton then was the assistant coach for 12 seasons. She's been on the TexAnn bench for 219 wins as an assistant.
"I'm so excited, there's not another coach I would want," said junior post Karli Moore. "She's helped us and helped me just as much as Coach Hearne has."
McGrath and Moore were key reserves the last two seasons, helping Tarleton State extend its run of NCAA Championship appearances to five straight. The TexAnns were runners up in the Lone Star Conference and the LSC Championship tournament in 2013-14, and won a game in the South Central Region Tournament for just the second time in school history.
Both say their teammates have similar feelings regarding Wilson's promotion.
"Everyone says basically the same thing. We're all excited that it's Coach Wilson," McGrath said. "There is no one new coming in, it's someone we know. It's nice to have that security.
"We have just as much trust in her as in Coach Hearne. It wasn't like a head coach and assistant coach with them, it was like having two head coaches," McGrath said. "It's sad that we'll miss Coach Hearne, but there are no trust issues at all because (Wilson) recruited a lot of the people on the team and knows all about us. She knows what we can do and what we can't do. There are no worries."
Moore says Wilson has always been heavily involved in the game planning for the TexAnns, and believes that will help in her new lead role.
"They were always working as a team. Like Raven said, it wasn't really like a head coach and assistant coach," Moore said. "Things are going to change some obviously, but we still kind of know what's going to happen and what she expects. She does a great job, so I'm really excited."
During Wilson's time as an assistant coach, the TexAnns were 219-126. That includes a 212-107 mark under Hearne.
Kathy Thomas, a junior guard who transferred to Tarleton from Iowa and was named LSC Newcomer of the Year this season, believes Wilson can continue that success from the first seat on the TexAnn bench.
"We knew she would be the new head coach," Thomas said. "We're very excited about the direction we'll be going under her. We know she'll push us to be their very best."