MUNCIE, Ind. - Kelly Packard has resigned from the position of head women's basketball coach at Ball State University effective Friday, March 30, according to Ball State Director of Athletics Tom Collins. A search for her replacement will begin immediately.
"I respect Kelly's unforced decision to step down as the head women's basketball coach at Ball State University," said Collins. "Kelly has represented Ball State University with class and dignity, and has been a great role model for her student-athletes. Her leadership has provided her players with a solid foundation for success following their collegiate careers. She has been a great member of the Ball State Athletics family, and we wish her and her family the best of luck in their future endeavors."
Over her four seasons, Packard (2008-12) guided the Cardinals to a 58-68 (.460) overall record, including a 29-37 Mid-American Conference mark. In 2008-09 Packard led Ball State to its third straight MAC West Division title, its first MAC Tournament Championship and its first NCAA Tournament berth. Packard and the Cardinals went on to stun the women's basketball world when they posted a 71-55 first-round win in the NCAA tournament against the two-time defending national champions, the University of Tennessee.
"I have made the decision to resign my position at Ball State University to pursue other personal and professional endeavors," said Packard. "I express my sincere gratitude to Tom Collins and President Gora for the opportunity to serve in this capacity for the past four seasons. It has been an honor to represent Ball State University, and I wish the very best to all the current and future student-athletes, and the overall success of the program."
With the win over the Lady Vols, Ball State extended its win streak at the time to 12 games, which stands as the longest winning streak in program history. Packard's 2008-09 Cardinals finished the season with the MAC's highest RPI (45) and SOS (strength of schedule) ranking (91).
In April 2009, Packard was selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as the recipient of the 2009 Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award. This distinguished award honors a WBCA Division I head coach who led their team to a successful season during their first year at the helm.
"I will always treasure the opportunity to be a part of the program's first NCAA Tournament bid and the first-round upset of two-time defending national champions Tennessee," added Packard. "I have developed valued friendships and fond memories while leading the program."