While we’re still waiting word on whether former Washington players like Rhonda (Smith) Banchero or Jamie Redd join new Huskies coach Kevin McGuff on his staff, moves are being made elsewhere.
The latest being former Storm F Wendy Palmer accepting the North Carolina-Greensboro position. She begins her first head coaching gig on Thursday.
Palmer played 11 seasons in the WNBA, her final in Seattle where she overcame a torn left Achilles to average 4.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 34 games despite nagging knee problems. At the time, she was one of seven remaining original players, drafted by Utah in the second round in 1997. The former Virgina standout went on to represent Detroit at the 2000 All-Star game and play in the 2004 WNBA Finals for Connecticut, losing to Seattle.
A Timberlake, N.C., native, Palmer joins UNCG after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Virginia. Cavaliers coach Debbie Ryan recently retired and former California coach Joanne Boyle was introduced as her replacement last week.
UNCG was 13-16 last season, playing in the Southern Conference.
“This position is a tremendous opportunity, and I am thrilled that Chancellor (Linda) Brady and Kim Record have chosen me to lead the women’s basketball program,” Palmer, 36, said in a released statement. “I am happy to come back home and am honored to be a part of such a rich legacy of excellence in academics and women’s basketball. This is an extraordinary opportunity with unique challenges; I bring my passion, experience, knowledge and energy to help the Spartans compete for championships. My staff and I will work hard and smart to make the UNCG family proud on and off the court.”
*PHOTO CREDIT: Wendy Palmer coaching at Virginia courtesy of UNCG