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Former Lady Raider great Swoopes named director of player development

Posted: July 5, 2017 - 2:52pm
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The Texas Tech women’s basketball team is adding a familiar face to its bench.

Sheryl Swoopes, a Texas Tech Hall of Famer, was announced as the Director of Player Development by head coach Candi Whitaker on Wednesday.

“I am thrilled to welcome Sheryl back to Texas Tech as our program’s Director of Player Development,” Whitaker said. “She brings a wealth of experience playing at the highest level and will be an outstanding resource for our student-athletes. Sheryl’s passion for our program and for impacting young players will be extremely beneficial for our continued growth. She is a fantastic addition to our staff.”

Swoopes is expected to help develop each student-athlete personally, academically and athletically. She will also work with Texas Tech’s academic services, sports performance and sports medicine departments along with assisting the coaching staff in breaking down film and preparation of game strategy.

In addition to those tasks, Swoopes will assist the Red Raider Club, Marsha Sharp Learning Center and Kirby Hocutt in community outreach while also serving as the color analyst for televised games.

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining Texas Tech and the Lady Raider program. I am very grateful to Coach Whitaker for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with the players and staff,” Swoopes said. “My role as Director of Player Development gives me an opportunity to do what I love and help the players develop both on and off the court.”

Swoopes, who had her No. 22 jersey retired on Feb. 19, 1994 and is the most decorated athlete in Texas Tech history, has been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame over the past two years.

With her induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2016, Swoopes became the first Texas Tech basketball player – men’s or women’s – to achieve this honor.

As a senior, Swoopes guided the Lady Raiders to the Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships and the national championship crown. After averaging 28.1 points, which ranked second nationally, she was named the Naismith College Player of the Year and the WBCA Player of the Year.

As a Texas Tech athlete, Swoopes set 30 different women’s basketball records, including four Final Four records, three NCAA tournament records, four NCAA championship game records and eight Texas Tech school records — counting the single-game school record for points (53), which still stands.

In 2003, Swoopes was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame for her outstanding career with the Lady Raiders.

Swoopes was one of the first players to sign a WNBA contract and capitalized on that opportunity as she became a three-time WNBA MVP, two-time scoring champion, four-time WNBA champion, three-time Defensive Player of the Year and six-time All-Star. She also represented the United States numerous times, including the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Prior to joining the Texas Tech staff, Swoopes was hired as the head coach at Loyola University back in 2013. Three years later, she was fired following a lengthy investigation of player mistreatment.

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Player Development?

Please, give me a break! "Player development" implies 'developing the player for AFTER their basketball career. Does anyone believe, with her background (and current 'life situation') Swoopes is someone a parent wants to be in charge of their daughter's 'development' as a person?

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