Shea Ralph Is UConn Basketball Coach

March 11, 2009

Meet Shea Ralph, a former professional basketball player who is now the assistant coach for the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team. Shea is a former All-America player and was the captain of the 2000 NCAA National Championship Team. See a video and a biography of Shea Ralph here.

Shea was named as the first-year assistant coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies in July last year. She is certainly enjoying her job as the Huskies captured the Big East title, defeating second-placed Louisville 75-36 recently.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to return to my home and to further my career at the University of Connecticut,” Ralph said. “As a player and a student, I invested everything I had into the program and I am honored to have the chance to continue that as a member of the coaching staff.”

As a biography, Shea Ralph was born on 12 March 1978 in Fayetteville, North Carolina so her age is 30. She was named as the Athlete of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and got the 1995 Dial Award for her performances in general sports and basketball in particular. She held as many as 17 state records in the sport.

Shea attended the University of Connecticut and earned a degree in Exercise Physiology. She won the Big East Rookie of the Year in her first year at UConn. During her four seasons with the Huskies, the team amassed an unbelievable 66-2 record. They made it to the Final Four in two of the seasons and Shea captained the team winning the 2000 NCAA Championships. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Her later career suffered heavily from a knee injury.

She was drafted as the 40th overall pick in 2001 by Utah Starzz but due to her knee injury, her WNBA career couldn’t start. She was inducted into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame in 2008.

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