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It?s a different era?: The lone female coach in DI men?s hoops buoyed by support after 1st season (USA)

Edniesha Curry did not set out to be a trailblazer. But make no mistake about it: That?s exactly what the former Oregon and WNBA star is.

Curry is an assistant coach on the University of Maine men?s basketball team. She is the lone female assistant coach in all of Division I men?s college basketball, and the first in a staggering 16 years. She?s the fourth woman in history to serve in this role, following the footsteps of Bernadette Mattox, an assistant at Kentucky from 1990 to 1995; Stephanie Ready, an assistant at Coppin State from 1999 to 2001, and Jennifer Johnston, an assistant at Oakland from 1999 to 2002.

?I love the game of basketball,? Curry said. ?For me, truly, it?s just about impacting someone?s life.?

The 5?4? former guard reluctantly entered coaching after her WNBA career ended in 2006. She started out helping coach youth programs in Oregon, and then developed her coaching chops overseas. In 2015, Richard Barron ? who, at the time, was the head coach of the Maine women?s basketball team ? hired Curry as a full-time assistant. She spent two seasons there, before being accepted into the NBA Assistant Coaches Program. There, she had a chance to work with aspiring NBA players. In 2018, when Barron was hired as the head coach for the Maine men?s team, Curry ? who is often called ?Coach Eddie? ? was one of his first calls.


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