Natasha Adair Named Head Coach At College of Charleston
March 24, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Former Wake Forest assistant coach Natasha Adair has accepted an offer to become the next women's basketball head coach at the College of Charleston as announced by CofC Director of Athletics Joe Hull on Saturday.
Adair spent the last eight years as an assistant coach at Wake Forest. She was promoted to associate head coach under head coach Mike Petersen in 2007 and helped guide the Demon Deacons to four postseason tournament appearances including the program's second 20-win campaign and a run to the NIT Second Round this past season.
"This is a dream come true," Adair said. "To get a chance to be a head coach for the first time is really exciting and I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life."
Adair is known as one of the best in the business, not only when it comes to recruiting, but she has shown the ability to develop and mentor some of the top post players in the country.
As the recruiting coordinator for the Deacons, Adair successfully recruited a number of top-rated players in the country and was part of the winningest women's basketball staff in Wake Forest history coaching the winningest senior class (72 career wins) from 2009-12.
"Natasha has worked and has done a great job here at Wake Forest and she's been a good representative of our program", Petersen said. "I think the College of Charleston has made a great hire and she'll be a good fit for them."
"It is also a huge source of pride when one of our staff members gets a head coaching job," Petersen continued. "It's a positive reflection of our players, staff and university."
Prior to Wake Forest, she served as an assistant coach for six years at Georgetown University. Similar to her position with the Deacons, Adair was primarily responsible for the Georgetown post players. She was instrumental in the development of Georgetown All-American, WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA champion Rebekkah Brunson, who was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Sacramento Monarchs.
In her 14 years combined in the ACC and BIG EAST, she has developed and mentored 12 players who went on to play at the professional level.
A native of Washington, D.C., Adair played two seasons at Pensacola Junior College, before transferring to the University of South Florida under head coach Trudi Lacey, who is now the general manager and head coach of the WNBA's Washington Mystics. She still holds the school single-season rebounding record and graduated with a degree in communications in 1994.
A former high school All-American and a top recruit in the country with interest from UConn, Syracuse, Georgetown and USF in 1989-90, Adair was inducted into the Albert Einstein High School Hall of Fame in November of 2011.
Adair will be introduced at a formal press conference on Tuesday, March 27 at 3 p.m. (ET) on the main floor of TD Arena in Charleston.