Close-up with Kamie Ethridge
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Photography by Rob Trubia
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).
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.
"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."