Curtis and Centenary Part Ways after Three Seasons
Monday, April 20, 2009

SHREVEPORT -- Centenary Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Tallach announced Monday that Steve Curtis’ contract would not be renewed as head women’s basketball coach. A search for Curtis’ replacement will begin immediately.


Curtis recently completed his third year at the helm of Centenary’s women’s basketball team. He came to lead the Ladies after three years as the top assistant coach at Mississippi State. During his time as an assistant, Curtis helped take his teams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet 16 bids, two Elite Eight showings, and an SEC Championship in his 16 years of coaching in both Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference.  


Curtis tallied a three-year record of 13-75 at Centenary, highlighted by the Ladies’ 67-56 win over Oral Roberts in 2009. His three-year conference record was 4-46, which includes making two trips to the conference tournament as the eighth seed. Both times the Ladies were eliminated by Oakland in the opening round.


Under his guidance, Cierra Bush was named second team all-conference after her sophomore season, while Anne Farrell was named Freshman of the Year and third team all-Louisiana Sports Writers Association. In 2008, Farrell was also selected to the conference’s all-newcomer team after averaging 11.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. 


The position at Centenary was the first as a head coach at the Division I level for Curtis.