- Feb 29, 2008
As for Kyra, wasn't the story that she did not fulfill her responsibilities on the recruiting side, which was supposed to be a big part of her job? Recruiting took off once she was replaced. There are a lot of good reasons to fault Holly but I am not sure that these situations fall in that category.
Evidently, she was doing enough of a great job to be promoted to ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH announced Oct 2, 2015 after 4 years on staff. Elzy was credited with recruiting Russell, Reynolds, and Nared from Oregon along with Carter, Cooper, Dunbar, Middleton, and Jackson etc. in her 4 years as head recruiter.
If she was failing at it why the promotion and raise 10 months prior to her departure for KY?
The 2016-17 Roster when Elzy returned to KY.
0 Jordan Reynolds G 5-11 Sr. Portland, Ore.
4 Schaquilla Nunn F 6-3 R-Sr. Fayetteville, Ga
5 Kamera Harris C 6-3 Fr. Hampton, Ga.
10 Meme Jackson G/F 5-11 So. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
11 Diamond DeShields G 6-1 R-Jr. Norcross, Ga.
13 Kortney Dunbar F 6-2 Jr. Edwardsville, Ill.
15 Cheridene Green F 6-3 Jr. London, England
20 Te'a Cooper G 5-8 So. Powder Springs, Ga.
21 Mercedes Russell C 6-6 R-Jr. Springfield, Ore.
31 Jaime Nared G/F 6-2 Jr. Portland, Ore.
33 Alexa Middleton G 5-9 Jr. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
When Evina Westbrook signed Nov 10 2016 her interest was spawned by Nared, Russell and Reynolds from Oregon
Middleton & Jackson from Murfreesboro were entries to Anastasia Hayes
Any freshmen in 2017 -18 were initially contacted by Elzy's recruiting efforts - these are all extended efforts over years.
So what exactly "took off" when Elzy left? Zaay , Jasmine, Rae and Mimi?
Is that class more exceptional than classes Elzy brought with Mercedes, Jordan, Jamie, Ariel, Izzy, Bash, Draya, Cierra, and Jasmine?
I think the dismissal of T'ea resulting in the loss of Diamond was building prior to Elzy's decision to depart.
The losses of Middleton and Hayes are equally regrettable and puzzling
What is Kyra's insight into those situations? That's what I would like to know.
I wonder if Kyra might not be one potential answer to the coaching situation. Elzy was instrumental to Kentucky's rise in the SEC
KYRA ELZY'S BIO is revealing
Elzy was instrumental in Kentucky's rise in the SEC and her recruits at UK and UT have been excellent.
As Associate Head Coach at both schools, she has considerable experience and as a player, she was part of 2 NCAA Championships.