As of March 8, 2016
Named as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team on March 8, 2016, Kamie Ethridge will undertake her second USA Basketball coaching assignment having previously served as a court coach for the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Trials.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as an assistant coach to USA Basketball’s U18 Team,” Ethridge said. “As a player, my proudest moments and achievements came while wearing the USA uniform and representing my country in USA Basketball competitions. I am extremely proud and appreciative to be a part of the USA Basketball U18 coaching staff and look forward to representing America in Chile.
“When you are a part of USA Basketball, you know you will be surrounded by excellence. Suzie McConnell-Serio and Charlotte Smith are amazing examples of excellence as people, leaders and coaches of our game. I am grateful for the chance to work with and learn from each of them. I am excited to be reunited with Suzie. Having played on a number of USA Basketball teams together, I know what a fierce competitor she is. Suzie’s entire career she has demonstrated tremendous leadership by getting the very best from those around her. I have always admired her and I look forward to assisting her and working side by side with Charlotte Smith. One thing that stands out in the career of Charlotte Smith is her ability to shine brightest in the biggest moments. She is an inspirational coach and role model. I look forward to being around her energy and wisdom.”
Currently in her second-year as head women’s basketball coach at the University of Northern Colorado, Ethridge is a former University of Texas star player, and she is a four-time USA Basketball medalist.
Ethridge won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 1988 Olympics, the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1986 FIBA World Championship and the 1986 Goodwill Games. She also won a silver medal at the 1985 World University Games, and she played for the gold medal winning South teams in the 1982 and 1983 U.S. Olympic Festivals.
Ethridge also served a four-year term on the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, which selected college-aged teams, such as the World University Games, Pan American Games and Jones Cup teams. In the summer of 1999, she was invited to lead a point guard camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for current, past and prospective USA Basketball talent.
Overall at Northern Colorado, Ethridge has compiled a 35-28 record (all records are as of March 6).
Thus far in 2015-16, she and UNC are 13-15.
In her first year at UNC in 2014-15, she led the Bears to a 22-13 record, which was a program high for wins, and the third round of the WNIT.
As a coach, Ethridge first was a student coach at Texas in 1987-88, before moving to Northern Illinois as a graduate assistant in 1989-90 and then as a UNI assistant coach in 1990-91.
She then went to Vanderbilt, where she was an assistant coach for five seasons (1991-92 through 1995-96). While there, she helped Vanderbilt to two Southeastern Conference Tournament titles and to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in all five seasons, as well as the 1993 Final Four.
After that, she spent 18 seasons as an associate head coach at Kansas State (1996-97 through 2013-14), helping the Wildcats to a record of 350-226 over that span. She helped lead K-State to nine NCAA postseason tournaments and six Sweet Sixteens, four WNIT postseason tournaments, including winning the 2006 WNIT Championship, and two Big 12 Championship titles.
In her four years (1981-82 through 1985-86) at the University of Texas, Ethridge tallied a 131-37 career record in college. She was MVP in the 1986 NCAA National Championship game, which Texas won to finish the 1985-86 season with a 34-0 record to become the first undefeated NCAA Division I women’s team in history. She played in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in all four seasons and the Elite Eight twice. She was a two-time WBCA All-American (1985 and 1986) and was the 1986 Wade Trophy, Frances Pomeroy Naismith and Honda-Broderick Cup Award winner.
Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Ethridge went to high school at Monterey High School, where she was named Texas Player of the Year.
She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Texas Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor and the Texas Women’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.