Thursday, September 24, 2015

Crystal Riley (Hillcrest) Joins UNCW Women's Basketball Staff

OMG! I feel like a proud auntie... It is amazing to watch the young ladies from Memphis grow up and mature into adults.. Congrats Crystal!!!!

Crystal Riley, a former letter winner and assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, has been named as an assistant coach for the UNCW women's basketball team.

"We're excited about the addition of Crystal to our staff," UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris said. "She brings great passion and energy to our program. She also has a winning pedigree, bringing her experiences as both a player and staff member at the University of Kentucky."

A 2013 graduate of Kentucky, Riley appeared in 71 games for the Wildcats after transferring from LSU. She helped the Wildcats earn three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a pair of Elite Eight berths. She scored a career-high 11 points twice and dished out a career-high eight assists against Florida as a sophomore.

After serving as a student assistant coach during the 2012-13 campaign, Riley worked as a support staff associate and player relations liaison for the Wildcats in 2013-14 when Kentucky reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Riley then moved into an interim assistant coach role during the 2014-15 season as the Wildcats reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

"I am very excited about being an assistant coach at UNCW," Riley said. "This has been a long-time dream of mine and I am happy it is finally coming true. I am proud to work for a head coach who believes so much in serving the athletics program, the community and this great group of girls we are fortunate to coach. This staff is an amazing group of people with different backgrounds and I look forward to learning and growing with them."

Read article on University of North Carolina Wilmington site

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