UConn assistant Shea Ralph named Vanderbilt coach

4/13/2021 11:42:34 AM EST

Shea Ralph, who played at UConn and served as an assistant under Hall of Fame member Geno Auriemma, was named women's basketball coach at Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

She replaces Stephanie White, who was fired last week after five seasons and a 46-83 (13-54 Southeastern Conference) record with the Commodores.

"It is with great honor and a full heart that I join Vanderbilt University as the next women's basketball head coach," Ralph, 43, said. "I have always been motivated and inspired by people who have a passionate pursuit of excellence. Vanderbilt's rich, storied tradition of excellence speaks for itself, but I believe what sets us apart is the people. I am so excited to work alongside our amazing community in elevating our women's basketball program back to an elite level."

Ralph was an All-American guard at UConn from 1996-2001 and an assistant coach there for 13 seasons. Combined, she was part of 12 Final Four appearances that included seven national championships.

She finished her Huskies playing career with 1,678 points to rank eighth all-time at UConn. She also ranked among the program's top 10 career leaders in assists (456), steals (252) and field goal percentage (.579).

Ralph was selected in the third round of the WNBA draft in 2001 but never played in the league because of lingering knee issues that plagued her in college.

"Coach Ralph has earned the opportunity to take the reins of our women's basketball program and transform it into what we all know is possible," said Candice Lee, Vanderbilt athletic director. "She knows what winning looks like, and she has the background and experience -- as both a player and a coach -- to develop our student-athletes into champions."

--Field Level Media

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