Longtime Coastal Carolina assistant women’s basketball coach Mark Kost, who served as the program’s interim head coach the second half of last season, has accepted a job at Morehead State in Kentucky.
Kost will be the top assistant for head coach Tom Hodges. He was one the finalists interviewed for Coastal’s head coaching job in April after veteran coach Alan LeForce retired, but that job went to Jaida Williams.
“I’m excited,” Kost said by phone from Kentucky on Tuesday. “Fresh start. I’m going to be working for a great guy, which I’ve been working for a great guy for the past decade. Who you’re working with determines your happiness and your job [satisfaction], and I think this is going to be similar -- somebody I enjoy working with.”
The Morehead State women went 9-21 last season and were left with a vacancy when former associate head coach Eric White was hired as the director of operations for the women’s program at Ole Miss.
“The head coach here lost his right-hand man that he’d been friends with for years and never thought he would lose,” Kost said. “He was in a search for someone with experience that he could trust in that position. He and I didn’t know each other real well, but a couple head coaches got us together and got us to talk.”
Kost said he’s excited for the opportunity to coach in the Ohio Valley Conference and be closer to he and his wife’s family. But after spending 10 years at Coastal, it’s tough to have to leave, he added.
“There are a lot of things I’m going to miss about Coastal and the community since we were there for so long,” he said.
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