Transylvania coach takes D-I job

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Greg Todd, who averaged nearly 20 wins per season in eight years at Transylvania, has been named head women's basketball coach at Morehead State.

"After spending time with him and discussing our team, it was apparent to me that Greg was the best coach for the student-athletes in our program," MSU athletic director Brian Hutchinson said. "He has demonstrated significant leadership abilities everywhere he's been and is an immediate program-changer for us."

He takes over a Morehead State program that was 12-17 this past season under Tom Hodges. Hodges coached for four seasons and compiled a 51-68 mark. Todd led Transy to a 26-3 mark this past season and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Todd has served his entire head coaching career in Kentucky, including leading Transylvania to four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

He also spent seven years as head coach at Lexington Catholic High School where he claimed three state titles and won 90 percent of his games. He began his head coaching career at Berea High School, leading the program to seven 20-win campaigns.

"I am so grateful to be named Morehead State University's women's basketball coach," Todd said. "I want to thank (MSU President) Dr. Wayne Andrews, Brian Hutchinson and the search committee for this opportunity. I look forward to being part of building this program to new heights."

From D-III to D-I

The list of coaches to go directly from D-III to D-I head coaching jobs since 2000 is relatively short. The most recent three coaches to move to D-I each had their best years at their new school this past season. Click on the links to see stories on each coach's jump.

Coach, D-III school D-I school Year Best result Current job
Lisa Stone, UW-Eau Claire
Drake 2000-01 25-8, 2001-02 D-I St. Louis
Candace Crabtree, Rowan Drexel 2000-01 19-10, 2000-01 Out of coaching
Tammy Smith, Muhlenberg Lafayette 2001-02 14-16, 2007-08 Out of coaching
Julie Goodenough, Hardin-Simmons Oklahoma St. 2002-03 8-20, 2003-04 D-I Abilene Christian
Mary Hegarty, Chapman Long Beach St. 2003-04 19-9, 2004-05 Out of coaching
Kristin Hughes, Case Colgate 2004-05 12-18, 2004-05 Out of coaching
Stefanie Pemper, Bowdoin Navy 2008-09 24-8, 2013-14 Navy
Scott Rueck, George Fox Oregon St. 2010-11 24-11, 2013-14 Oregon State
Aaron Roussell, Chicago Bucknell 2012-13 16-14, 2013-14 Bucknell
Greg Todd, Transylvania Morehead St. 2013-14 --- Morehead State

In 22 seasons as a head coach at the college and high school level, Todd is 548-144 (.791 winning percentage).

"I've asked him to do some things on behalf of our program that haven't been done before, and I am confident Greg will do those things," Hutchinson said. "He will be a tireless advocate for our university and the women who represent our program."

Todd, who was a four-time HCAC Coach of the Year, produced a 157-64 (.710) record at Transylvania. The Pioneers’ 26-3 mark this past season set a school record for winning percentage. They ranked sixth in the nation in scoring average (84.7 points per game).

He guided the Pioneers to the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in 2006-07 and followed up with conference regular-season titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He was named HCAC Coach of the Year in 2008-09 and 2009-10, leading the Pioneers to the conference tournament championship in 2008-09. His teams were 32-2 in league games his final two seasons, claiming HCAC regular-season titles.

He mentored HCAC Players of the Year Julie Leach (2006-07), Jackie Distler (2008-09) and Nicole Coffman (2012-13 and 2013-14).

Todd guided Lexington Catholic High School to a 225-26 (.896) mark in seven seasons, reaching the 30-victory plateau five times. He won Kentucky state championships in 2000-01, 2004-05 and 2005-06 and is the first coach in state history in either gender to lead his team to four consecutive state title games.

His 2005-06 squad, which featured five all-state players and seven eventual Division I players, was 35-1 and finished No. 3 in the final USA Today girls high school poll. That still stands as the highest national ranking for a Kentucky boys or girls team. He was named EA Sports National Coach of the Year by