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milleson(Springfield) – Missouri State University has announced that Nyla Milleson’s contract has been cancelled, and she will not return as head women’s basketball coach. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Kyle Moats during an afternoon news conference at JQH Arena.

Moats said the University would move promptly to hire a new coach.

“We evaluate all of our coaches at the conclusion of each season and monitor several criteria during the year,” said Moats. “Based on my overview of these factors, I consulted with President (Clif) Smart over the weekend, and gave him my recommendation to make a change in the leadership of the Lady Bears program.”

“Our past successes have led to high expectations,” said Smart. “The challenge for Missouri State is to continue to live up to those expectations. Sometimes, that means we have to make difficult, but necessary, decisions. Such is the case today.”

Milleson will receive a $140,000 buyout for the remaining two years of her contract.

Senior Associate Athletics Director Casey Hunt will oversee day-to-day duties of the program until a new head coach has been named.

“I want to say from a personal and professional standpoint, that I greatly appreciate Nyla’s dedication and hard work during her tenure as head coach at Missouri State,” Moats added. “She is a class individual who has always respected the history and tradition of Lady Bears Basketball. On behalf of all of us, I wish Nyla and her family the best in the future.”

Milleson coached the Lady Bears to a 105-87 record in six seasons, including three WNIT appearances and the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship. Missouri State finished 14-17 this season with a 6-12 record in MVC play.

“I’m grateful to have had this opportunity, and I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and staff through the years,” said Milleson. “I wish the program and those associated with it continued success in the future.”

Video of today’s news conference is available on MissouriStateBears.com.

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