Former KSU assistant Ethridge named head coach at Northern Colorado

By The Mercury

Former Kansas State women’s associate head coach Kamie Ethridge has been named head coach at Northern Colorado.

Ethridge, who spent 18 years as an assistant under Deb Patterson at K-State, will be formally introduced during a press conference on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Totaling more than 500 career victories as an assistant coach as Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt and K-State, Ethridge takes over a Bears team that finished 14-15 overall and 8-12 in the Big Sky Conference this past season. Ethridge, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and gold medalist for 1988 U.S. Olympic team, will return last season’s third-leading scorer in the Big Sky, Stephanie Lee, and the Bears’ top scorer from the 2012-13 season, D’shara Strange, for their senior seasons.

“During our thorough search process, we spoke with many different leaders in women’s basketball who knew Coach Ethridge well, on and off the court,” Northern Colorado athletic director Darren Dunn said in a press release Monday afternoon. “Her energy, excitement and commitment to student-athletes were apparent from our first meeting and from many discussions with those who have worked with her. She is extremely prepared for this opportunity and will be a perfect fit for our program, department and community.

“She is very well versed in the X’s and O’s, outstanding in player development and is a proven recruiter and relationship-builder. She is a star in this industry and we’re truly excited to have her join our UNC Athletics family.”

Ethridge totaled 350 wins — a .608 winning percentage — during her 18 seasons with the Wildcats where she shared the responsibility for all developmental, administrative and coaching aspects of the program. She advanced to the NCAA tournament 14 times, including six trips to the Sweet 16, during her career as associate head coach and assistant coach since 1990.

“This is a program that has tremendous potential for achieving academic and athletic success in the Big Sky Conference,” Ethridge said in the release. “I look forward to building a partnership between our program and the UNC faculty, student body, Greeley and the surrounding communities in an effort to create one of the best home court environments in the Big Sky.”

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