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WSU hires Kamie Ethridge as women’s basketball coach

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Washington State announced Kamie Ethridge as its new women’s basketball coach on Sunday.

Ethridge comes to WSU after four seasons as the head coach at the University of Northern Colorado. She won 83 games in those four seasons, including 26 this past season when UNC made its first NCAA Tournament appearance.

“We are ecstatic to welcome Kamie Ethridge to Washington State University,” said WSU athletics director Pat Chun. “Our goal is to build a championship culture that develops every aspect of our student-athletes in women’s basketball. The first step in building this culture is bringing Coach Ethridge to the Palouse. She has demonstrated excellence since her playing days as a student-athlete, has won at the highest levels of the sport and has been a part of championship programs her entire career.

Ethridge won a gold medal playing for the United States in the 1988 Olympics and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. She got her first assistant coaching job in 1990. Her resume includes an 18-year stretch as an assistant coach at Kansas State.

Ethridge replaces June Daugherty who was fired following her 11th season at WSU. Daugherty compiled a 130-217 record with the Cougars, including a 10-20 finish last season.


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