Two months ago the Washington State Cougars announced that Kamie Ethridge would be the new head coach after an abysmal 10 – 20 season. Not only is she a new face for the team, her resume is quite impressive.
Born in Texas, Ethridge played college ball for the Texas Longhorns from 1982-1986 as a point guard. She accrued one national championship and was part of the Longhorns undefeated team.
After playing for Texas, she went on to with the Basketball Championship for Women against the U.S.S.R in 1986 108 – 88. It would be their 4th title since the games inauguration in 1953. Ethridge would also go on to win gold in the Pan American games in 1987 and gold at the Summer Olympics in Seoul Korea.
Her coaching resume mirrors similar successes in their own right. She began as an assistant for Texas before working with Jim Foster of Vanderbilt, bringing them to a Final Four appearance in 1993. Ethridge continued to be an assistant until earning her first head coaching position at Northern Colorado University.
At Northern Colorado, Ethridge accumulated 83 wins, two post-season appearances including one in the NCAA tournament. In 2018, Ethridge was named Big Sky’s Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year and gave the Bears their first win against a top 25 team since 2007, beating DePaul on the road 94 – 88.
Patrick Chun may have high expectations for the new head coach even though the bar has been set pretty low. The Cougars have sat on June Daugherty for 11 seasons while she acquired a 130 – 218 record. Washington State did make the NIT 3 times, but only had one run where they were not eliminated in the first round. In 2016, the Cougars made it to the semi-finals before losing to Georgia Tech 69 – 61. With Ethridge’s record at UNC, Chun hopes to expect the same success to carry over into the Pac-12.