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Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell retires after 13 seasons

Associate coach Kyra Elzy will serve as interim head coach.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell announced his retirement Thursday, effective immediately. 

Associate coach Kyra Elzy will serve as interim head coach. 

The 49-year-old Mitchell, 303-133 in 13 seasons at Kentucky and 333-162 overall, cited “an eventful offseason” with a head injury and subsequent brain surgery in a release Thursday night.

He said he did not feel he could give the job what it requires with the season about to start later this month.

To read Mitchell's full statement, visit the UK Athletics website.

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