Arkansas assistant Lacey Goldwire leaving to join Lady Vols

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Arkansas assistant coach Lacey Goldwire is shown during a game against Arizona State on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas assistant coach Lacey Goldwire is shown during a game against Arizona State on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas women’s basketball assistant coach Lacey Goldwire has landed on another staff within the Southeastern Conference.

Goldwire, who spent the last two seasons with the Razorbacks under Mike Neighbors, was hired as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee, the school announced Thursday. She joins former Lady Vols standout Kellie Harper’s first staff.

Tennessee was Goldwire's dream job, Neighbors said.

“We at Arkansas did everything we could to keep her,” Neighbors told WholeHogSports. “We matched the offer that Tennessee made. She’s wanted that since she was a little kid and it’s a chance for her to go do it. When you hire good people, eventually people are going to come calling.

“We’re happy for her. Sad to see her go."

Harper was hired on April 9 to replace Holly Warlick, who was fired March 27 following a 172-67 run in seven seasons at Tennessee. The Lady Vols did not advance past the second round of the NCAA Tournament in her last three seasons.

"We are very excited to be adding Lacey Goldwire to our coaching staff," Harper said in a release. "Lacey is a person of high character and has a wonderful personality. She is a terrific recruiter and has knowledge and experience in the SEC that will prove to be very beneficial for our program."

Goldwire was Neighbors' first hire at Arkansas in 2017. Goldwire previously coached at Morehead State, Oklahoma State and Iowa.

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