Former Spartan KaLeah Latham named to womens basketball coaching staff
GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro
women’s basketball coach Lynne Agee announced Wednesday that
former Spartan post player KaLeah Latham has been hired as an
assistant coach for the 2008-09 academic year.
Latham was a four-year player for the Spartans from 2003-07. The Athens, TN, native led the Spartans in rebounding three consecutive seasons and tallied 565 career rebounds which ranks seventh in UNCG’s Division I era. During her senior season she led UNCG to a 20-10 record, including a 71-68 win over SoCon rival, Chattanooga.
“We are thrilled to welcome back one of our own to the program,” said Agee. "KaLeah had an outstanding career at UNCG and was a very dedicated player and we have no doubt she will bring the same enthusiasm and passion as she begins her coaching career.
Her experiences as a player and the firsthand knowledge that she has will be beneficial to our current players, especially the young post players that we have coming in this season.”
During her senior year she started all 30 games and became just the fourth Spartan in school history to lead the team in rebounding three consecutive seasons with 7.5 rebounds per game. She set career highs in points with 19 in a win against Georgia Southern and rebounds with 15 against Furman and closed her career with five double-doubles in her last 10 games.
Her junior year she led UNCG to the Southern Conference championship game and was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds through three games. She also led UNCG to a 70-64 win over Wake Forest with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Latham had a breakout sophomore campaign and led the team with 5.5 rebounds per game in 26 appearances with 17 starts. She tallied six double-digit scoring games and three rebounding efforts of 10 or more to go with her first two career “double-doubles”.
Prior to suiting up for the Spartans, Latham had an outstanding prep career at McMinn County High School. She was named the Chattanooga Times and Free Press Most Valuable Player and led her team to district, region and sub-state championships. She was also a four-time all-county and all-district selection.
With her experience in the post, Latham will work along side assistant coach Jon Hines with the UNCG post players. She will also be in charge of the tape exchange program, while assisting with all other facets of the program.
“I am excited to have my first collegiate coaching job at UNCG,” Latham said. “Being able to start my coaching career at my alma mater is quite exciting; it should be a fairly easy transition as I’m already familiar with the program. I look forward to helping the Spartans to the top of the Southern Conference.”
UNCG returns nine players from last season’s squad. The Spartans advanced to the Southern Conference quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion, Chattanooga.
UNC GREENSBORO: Named KaLeah Latham assistant women’s basketball coach
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