March Madness is here, and some big coaching changes are already underway for the 2023-24 women's college basketball season.
Dawn Plitzuweit is the new head coach at Minnesota, the school announced Saturday.
She replaces Lindsay Whalen, who stepped down in early March after five seasons. Whalen, who took over the Gophers in 2018, was 71-76 overall and 32-58 in the Big Ten, and failed to get her alma mater to the NCAA tournament.
Plitzuweit has a proven track record of success at multiple programs, and boasts nine 20-win seasons and two 30-win campaigns, as well as a 356-141 career record. Her West Virginia Mountaineers lost to Arizona in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. In 2022, she led then-10th-seeded South Dakota to a Sweet 16 appearance.
ESPN.com is tracking all of the 2023-24 coaching carousel moves in women's college basketball throughout the offseason:
School: Out / In
Cincinnati: Michelle Clark-Head /
Georgetown: James Howard /
Michigan State: Suzy Merchant /
Minnesota: Lindsay Whalen / Dawn Plitzuweit
Pepperdine: Kristen Dowling /
Pittsburgh: Lance White /
Providence: Jim Crowley /
St. Bonaventure: Jesse Fleming* / Jim Crowley
Tarleton:: Misty Wilson / Bill Brock
TCU: Raegan Pebley /
Xavier: Melanie Moore /
* Fleming was fired in January; interim coach Erica Morrow finished the season