The search for a new leader of the Lady Hornet basketball program is now underway after Jory Collins announced his resignation Monday.
Collins will be joining his mentor Brandon Schneider on the University of Kansas women's basketball coaching staff. Collins was part of Schneider's staff during the Lady Hornets' national championship run in 2010, then supplanted Schneider after Schneider left for Stephen F. Austin University the following season.
Collins leaves Emporia as the program's second-winningest coach -- behind only Schneider -- with 199 wins in eight years. Collins led ESU to six NCAA Tournaments, six trips to the Sweet Sixteen and a Final Four appearance in 2015. He also won five MIAA Tournament titles.
Currently, there is no timetable for replacing Collins. Greg Rahe will have more in his sportscasts later today on KVOE and KVOE.com.
4:30 pm Monday: Emporia State's Jory Collins leaving for KU
After eight seasons, 199 wins, five MIAA tournament Championships, six NCAA tournament appearances, including one Final 4, Emporia State women's basketball coach Jory Collins has resigned to accept an assistant coach's position with the University of Kansas.
Coach Collins said it was an opportunity to good to turn down.
Coach Collins said for now it is the right decision.
Of all of his accomplishments, Coach Collins says there is one thing he is the most proud of.
Coach Collins assumed the head coaching post in 2010 after the Lady Hornets won the national championship. He rejoins former Emporia State head coach Brandon Schneider who finished his 3rd season at the University of Kansas.
For Senior Addie Lackey it is a little bittersweet.
Senior Kyrstie Miller says it did catch her by surprise.
Emporia State Athletic Diretor Kent Weiser said they owe Coach Collins a debt of gratitude.
Mr. Weiser said he already has received at least 1 resume and is expecting a lot of interest in the job.
Coach Collins will begin his duties with the University of Kansas next week.