Texas Tech women’s basketball is welcoming its most beloved alumna back home.
Legendary wing Sheryl Swoopes, a 2016 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will rejoin the Lady Red Raiders as director of player development at Texas Tech.
“We are so excited that Sheryl will be able to impact our players every single day, just as the impact she has had on this program,.” head women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker said in a Twitter post. “Welcome home, Sheryl. Guns up!”
As a player, Swoopes won Naismith College Player of the Year and was a two-time All-American at Texas Tech as she led them to the national championship in 1993. Four years after graduating, Swoopes became the first player signed into the expansion WNBA. She played for the Houston Comets for a decade and also was a menber of the Seattle Storm and the Tulsa Shock.
She averaged 15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game over a 12-year WNBA career. Over that stretch, she won three MVPs, won four championships and was named defensive player of the year three times. The native of Plainview, Texas, also claimed Olympic gold medals on the United States national team in 1996, 2000 and ’04.
Swoopes was previously head women’s basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago. However, the school fired Swoopes almost a year ago after allegations of player mistreatment.