The Michigan women’s basketball team has lost another member of its program.
A team that has been plagued by players leaving in Sue Guevara’s seven seasons as head coach lost assistant coach Ron Mott to resignation yesterday, according to Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator Megan McCallister.
Mott, 66, confirmed his resignation, but declined further comment from his home in Okemos.
One player on this year’s team said last week that Mott was the most encouraging coach on staff, which also consists of Guevara, assistant coach Molly Murray and associate head coach Angela Jackson. The player also said she didn’t think Mott was treated fairly by the others coaches, and that it was “easily seen.”
“In practice, when he would try and show us a different play, or go through a scouting report, other coaches would be like, ‘Next thing,’ ” the player said last week.
Guevara could not be reached for comment and McCallister declined to elaborate on Mott’s reason for leaving.
It should be noted that former assistant Yvette Harris is a past assistant that did not feel she was treated fairly. Harris, an African American, is currently suing the University for racial discrimination, age discrimination, defamation and wrongful discharge in a $20-million lawsuit after being fired in 2001.
This was Mott’s third season at Michigan. He focused on scouting, practice planning, video exchange and working with the post players.
Before coming to Michigan, Mott was an assistant for the NCAA Division III Alma Scots of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1998-2000) after coaching for 38 seasons at Okemos High School. Mott compiled a 652-142 record in his time there. Last year, he was inducted into the Michigan High School Hall of Fame and the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame because of his accomplishments.