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Sophia Witherspoon

  • As of Aug. 30, 2021

A two-time bronze medalist as an athlete with USA Basketball, Sophia Witherspoon in 2021 served in her second USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant coach for the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team, helping the team to a 6-0 record and gold medal at the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Léon, Mexico.

She previously was a court coach at the 2018 USA Basketball U17 World Cup Team Trials.

As a USA Basketball athlete, she earned a bronze medal and a 6-2 record as a member of the 1993 USA World University Games Team and a bronze medal as a member of the South Team at the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival.

Witherspoon has been the head girls basketball coach at her alma mater, Fort Pierce Central High School in Florida, for 10 seasons (2010-11 to 2012-13 and 2014-15 to present), where she also is an assistant coach for boys and girls tennis. Overall as the girls basketball head coach at Fort Pierce Central, Witherspoon owns a 116-111 record. Witherspoon spent the 2013-14 season as the director of basketball operations at Florida Atlantic University.

She guided her teams to a district runner-up finish and regional finals in 2017-18 and a district championship and the regional quarterfinals in 2018-19, when she was named the 2019 Florida Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

Witherspoon played basketball for the University of Florida for three seasons (1988-89 to 1990-91), where she averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game during her career. She finished her collegiate career as the school’s sixth all-time leading scorer (1,381 points).

An All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection as a senior in 1991, Witherspoon also excelled in the classroom. The Office of Student Life at UF created an academic award in her honor following her graduation. The Sophia Witherspoon Award for Overall Excellence is presented each semester to two individuals who exemplify the positive attitude and strong work ethic in the classroom that they display on the playing field.

She was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

She played professionally in Europe off and on from 1991 to 1997 and was a 1996-97 Italian All-Star after averaging 25.3 ppg. for Alcamo.

She was drafted by the New York Liberty in the 1997 WNBA Draft. She played for the Liberty from 1997 to 2000, for the Portland Fire from 2000 to 2001 and the Los Angeles Sparks from 2001- to 2003, where she won a WNBA Championship in 2002.

As a high school athlete at Fort Pierce Central, she won a state title in 1987.

She got her coaching start at Forest Grove Middle School, where she spent one season (2007-08), before becoming a junior varsity coach at Lincoln Park High School in 2008-09. 

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