Martha Richards, a two-time cancer survivor, called her Jan. 24 announcement to step down as Texas women’s coach at season’s end “a natural ending to a career.”
“The biggest thing for me is not looking at it as quitting or resigning but rather a retirement from coaching,” Richards said. “I never thought I would coach forever.”
Richards, 44, will guide the Longhorns through the spring season, her seventh in Austin. After having beaten ovarian cancer in her 20s and thyroid cancer in her 30s, Richards said she undergoes regular checkups and bloodwork.
“The recovery time for me takes a little longer,” she said. “This job is getting harder and harder.”
Richards said she has two years remaining on her contract. The Texas Tribune reported her 2012 salary to be worth $168,261. She said her resignation “has absolutely nothing to do with performance.”
Texas finished no better than 13th in four fall tournaments and enters the spring season at No. 64 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
“My focus is having a great spring season and putting the focus on these kids,” she said.
Richards led the Longhorns to five NCAA Championship appearances in her first six seasons at Texas, plus the Big 12 Conference title in 2011. She was an All-American at Stanford in 1993 and played two seasons on the LPGA before coaching Vanderbilt from 2000 to ’07.