MIKE DACUS | ASSISTANT COACH
When the 2017-18 season begins, former Navasota and Stephenville High School head coach, Mike Dacus, will return to the TexAnn sidelines for his fourth season of coaching for Tarleton as an assistant coach.
“Coach Dacus is a tremendous asset to our team,” said Tarleton head coach Misty Wilson. “He is a man with strong values that still has a passion for the game of basketball. His knowledge of the game and teaching ability are outstanding and the girls have a great deal of respect for him.”
Dacus, who came to the women’s collegiate ranks in the 2013-14 season, started his Tarleton journey as an assistant coach during Ronnie Hearne’s swan song season and has remained a vital part of Misty Wilson’s coaching staff throughout the beginning of her head coaching career. He works primarily with the post players and has worked with two of the top post players in Tarleton’s NCAA era – Kiara Wright and Ikpeaku Iwobi – as well as the 2017 LSC Newcomer of the Year, Mackenzie Hailey.
In 2016-17, Dacus helped the TexAnns put together a magical run through the Lone Star Conference Tournament, including a 17-point rally against Angelo State to earn the school it’s second LSC Tournament Championship and seventh trip into the NCAA postseason.
In 39 years of coaching boys’ basketball at the high school level, Dacus has amassed a career record of 721-341 - including a 35-0 record in 1990 when he led Navasota High School to the 3A State Championship. His teams qualified for the Texas High School Playoffs 26 times in 39 years and was named the District Coach of the Year 12 times.
He also spent his final two seasons at the high school level coaching the Stephenville Faith Home School Knights, helping to build Stephenville’s newest team in its first two years of existence. Dacus and the Knights advanced to the Texas Christian Athletic League state tournament in his last season at the high school level.
Dacus, a native of Everman and 1968 graduate of Everman High School, played basketball for Texas Wesleyan University from 1970-73. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan in History/Physical Education.
The veteran coach is married to his wife of 46 years, Julie, and has two kids, Casey Dacus and Cori Abraham. The couple resides in Stephenville.
KARLI MOORE | ASSISTANT COACH
When the 2017-18 season gets under way, Karli Moore will begin her second season as a full-time assistant basketball coach for Tarleton.
In her first season as the top assistant, the TexAnns put together a magical run through the Lone Star Conference Tournament, including a 17-point rally against Angelo State to earn the school its second LSC Tournament Championship and seventh trip into the NCAA postseason.
Moore stepped into the full-time coaching position after spending her first season of coaching as a graduate assistant with the women’s basketball program in 2015-16 and helping Tarleton to 17 wins and a trip to the LSC Tournament Semifinals.
Before transitioning to the bench, she spent four seasons as a player for the Purple and White, including her last season as one of two seniors under head coach Misty Wilson in her debut season at the helm of the program. Moore played in 100 games during her career, earning 27 starts in her senior year as she helped lead Tarleton to a 17-10 record in Wilson’s first year.
After coming to Stephenville from Justin in 2011, Moore made an immediate impact, as the then-freshman was a part of Tarleton’s run to the LSC Tournament Championship. She was a part of three NCAA Regional Tournament runs and was a three-time LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. She averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds during her four-year career and was named LSC All-Academic in 2015. Her best season came last year under Wilson’s guidance as Moore averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior.
Moore graduated in 2015 with her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and graduated in August 2017 with a master’s degree in the same field.
KATHY THOMAS | ASSISTANT COACH
When the 2017-18 season begins, Kathy Thomas will begin her third season on the bench and first as a full-time assistant coach for the TexAnns.
In her final season as a graduate assistant coach, the TexAnns put together a magical run through the Lone Star Conference Tournament, including a 17-point rally against Angelo State to earn the school its second LSC Tournament Championship and seventh trip into the NCAA postseason.
Thomas has been a part of the TexAnn program since transferring from the University of Iowa in 2013. The standout from Flint, Michigan wasted no time etching her name in the Tarleton history books.
She played and started in 58 straight games over the last two seasons, leading the TexAnns to the LSC Championship Tournament in both seasons and the second round of the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament as a junior. She averaged 11.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for her career, including 14.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game as a senior when she was named second-team all-conference. She was the Lone Star Conference Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention all-LSC as a junior.
She finished her two-year career ranked No. 4 in Tarleton history with a .402 3-point percentage. She also cracked the records by finishing No. 7 in 3-point field goals made (100), No. 12 in 3-point field goals attempted (249), and No. 14 in free throw percentage (.748).
She transitioned from playing to coaching prior to the 2015-16 season and helped Tarleton win 17 games and advance to the LSC Tournament semifinals in her first season as a student assistant coach.
Thomas graduated with her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and graduated in August 2017 with a master’s degree in the same field.
BAILEY WIPFF | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH
When the 2017-18 basketball season begins, Bailey Wipff will begin her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for the Tarleton TexAnns.
Wipff is coming off a three-year career with the TexAnns, all under head coach Misty Wilson, where she etched her name in the record books. She finished her career with the second-most three-point field goals made (161) and attempted (422) in Tarleton history. Her .382 career percentage from downtown has her ranked No. 6 all-time. She played in 83 games at Tarleton, starting 75 games, and scored 978 points for an average of 11.8 per game on a .410 percentage from the floor.
In her final home game, Wipff connected for two of the biggest points of her career while standing alone at the free throw line in front of a packed house at Wisdom Gym and a national audience on WatchESPN.com. In a tie game against Angelo State on ESPN3, a technical foul was called in the final seconds and Wipff went to the line and drained the go-ahead free throws to deliver a win in the TexAnns’ first-ever nationally broadcasted game. Less than a month later, she scored 18 points against Angelo State in Allen to lead a Tarleton comeback in the championship game of the LSC Tournament.
She was a two-time second-team All-Lone Star Conference selection, a two-time academic All-LSC selection, a three-time LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection, the LSC Academic Player of the Year, an LSC Scholar-Athlete, and Tarleton’s 2017 NCAA Division II Woman of the Year nominee in her career.
Wipff came to Tarleton after a one-year stint at Howard College following her four-year career at Lubbock Coronado High School. Wipff graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2017 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology.