WSU hires new women’s basketball head coach

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

Kamie Ethridge has been hired as the new WSU women’s head basketball coach, Director of Athletics Patrick Chun announced Sunday.

Ethridge will be formally introduced during a press conference 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Cougar Football Complex media room.

“[Ethridge] is committed to creating an environment that delivers the best possible experience to our student-athletes,” Chun said in a WSU news release. “Her values, character and vision make her an exact fit for our goals in this next chapter of our basketball program.”

Ethridge was the head coach at University of Northern Colorado the past four seasons.

Over her coaching career at UNC, she compiled 83 victories and was named the 2018 Big Sky Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to their first NCAA Tournament appearance this past year.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to assume leadership of the Washington State University women’s basketball program,” Ethridge said in the release. “I can’t adequately express the personal and professional excitement I feel about joining this program, athletic department and university.”

Prior to coaching, Ethridge won a gold medal with the U.S. women’s national basketball team at the 1988 Olympic Games and an NCAA National Championship at the University of Texas in 1986.

Ethridge was the team captain at Texas and led the Longhorns to a perfect 34-0 season, the first in Division I history.

Ethridge was an assistant coach at Kansas State University for 18 seasons before she became the head coach at UNC.

“I am convinced that at Washington State I will be surrounded by people of excellence in the athletic department,” Ethridge said in the release, “as well as throughout the academic community, Pullman and all of Cougar nation.”