The Colorado women’s basketball team has filled the vacancy on its coaching staff.
On Monday, CU head coach JR Payne announced she has hired Taelor Karr as an assistant coach, replacing Tim Hays, who left the Buffs to become the head coach at Pepperdine.
Karr spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Oklahoma State. Prior to that, she was an assistant for five years at Santa Clara.
“We are excited to have Taelor join our program,” Payne said in a press release. “She brings a wealth of experience as both a player and coach. When thinking about the most important qualities of a new coach, Taelor embodied everything that we were looking for. She’s a fearless recruiter and a great player-development coach for our point guards. I love that Taelor will pour into our players to help them develop in every area of their lives. We are excited to hit the ground running.”
Karr is a native of Paola, Kan., and began her collegiate playing career at Kansas State. She played her final two seasons at Gonzaga for head coach Kelly Graves. As a senior, Karr was the West Coast Conference player of the year, averaging 11.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. As a junior, she led the country in assist-to-turnover ratio.
After playing professionally in France, Karr was hired by Graves as a graduate assistant manager at Oregon.