The Razorbacks named a new head coach for the UA women’s basketball team Monday.
Mike Neighbors replaced Jimmy Dykes, who resigned after three underwhelming seasons with the Hogs.
An Arkansas native and UA graduate, Neighbors comes to the Hogs after a successful four years with the Washington Huskies. Neighbors took the Huskies to the Women’s NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons, reaching the Final Four in 2016.
“I am excited to welcome Coach Neighbors back to his home state and back to his alma mater the University of Arkansas,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said in a press release. “It was vitally important to our search committee and to me that we attract someone who is entrenched in the women's game and someone who has demonstrated the ability to connect with our young women on and off the court.”
Neighbors began his coaching career with the women’s basketball team at Bentonville High School. From there he would go on to coach Cabot High School before being named director of basketball operations for Arkansas.
"The University of Arkansas has been a special place for as long as I can remember,” Neighbors said in a letter on the Arkansas Razorback website. “For as long as I can remember, it was always my dream to grow up to be a Razorback.”
After his high school tenure, Neighbors took on several assistant coaching jobs for a number of universities, including Arkansas under head coach Susie Gardner, until landing the head coaching job at Washington.
“I feel like everything that I have done in my career has prepared me to be the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas,” Neighbors said in the press release. “As a native Arkansan, I understand how special our state and the University are. There is only one Razorback and I’m excited to be able to put that logo on my chest and represent our institution and our state across the country.”