Albright’s staff named

NIU women’s basketball coach Jane Albright completed her 1990-91 staff with the announcement of two assistant coaching appointments.

Last season’s graduate assistant coach Kamie Ethridge has been named a full-time assistant coach. Ethridge replaces Kim Duppins who resigned for personal reasons at the conclusion of the 1989-90 season. Three-year University of North Texas assistant coach Regina Woods was named to fill the Huskies’ graduate assistant post.

Ethridge, a member of the 1988 Olympic gold-medal-winning United States women’s basketball team, was a four-year letter winner at the University of Texas (1982-86). She led the Lady Longhorns to a perfect 34-0 record and the NCAA championshap her senior year. Ethridge has three All-Southwest Conference, two Kodak All-America (1985, 1986), the Naismith All-America (1985, 1986) and Honda Broderick Cup (1986) awards to her credit.

The 26-year-old Lubbock, Texas native was a student coach under Texas boss Jody Conradt for the 1986-87 season. Following the Olympic Games, Ethridge spent the 1988-89 season competing professionally with an Italian Basketball League team.

“Kamie is one of the up-and-coming young women’s basketball coaches, and I feel fortunate to have her in a position to contribute more directly to our success. Her collegiate playing experience has been at the level we aspire to,” said Albright.

Ethridge will handle opponent scouting, game and practice coaching and assist with program administration and recruitment. She will continue master’s degree coursework at NIU.

Woods, a December 1987 North Texas graduate, has been assistant coach under UNT’s Tina Sliker since completing college eligibility in May, 1987. A four-year starting point guard and two-time team captain, Woods holds Both Lady Eagles’ career assists and steal records. She is ranked No. 11 on UNT’s all-time scoring list (640 points). North Texas won the 1986 Southland Conference title and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Woods played one summer of international basketball in France as part of Youth Enterprise.

“Regina’s three years of assistant coaching experience are a plus to our staff and players. She brings a successful collegiate playing career and well-rounded coaching background to NIU,” said Albright.

Woods will assume on-campus basketball program responsibilities, incleding coaching the Huskie post players.