Close Up

Close-up with Kamie Ethridge

Head Women's Basketball Coach

Photography by Rob Trubia

UNC Highlights:

Arrived April 2014, led UNC women's basketball to a UNC record-setting 22 wins and an invitation to the Women?s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

Before UNC:

Olympic Gold Medalist, 1988; Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, 2002; 18 seasons as associate head coach at Kansas State. Coached at Vanderbilt and Northern Illinois and as a student athlete, earned national honors as captain and MVP for the 1986 NCAA championship University of Texas team.

Personal motto:

"Don?t settle. I want to strive for more and challenge myself and team to be our best in whatever we're doing."

Best thing about coaching the Bears:

"Influencing young people. It's a thrill to work with and teach college-age players and get a group of individuals to mold into one goal."

My players know:

"We want them to control what they can control — their efforts, concentration, work ethic, communication, energy and sacrifices — and to give to each other."

On game day I always:

"Lie down — sleep if I can — for 10 to 30 minutes."