BREAKING: Delaware to Introduce Natasha Adair as Women’s Basketball Head Coach

University of Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak announced Sunday afternoon that Natasha Adair has been selected as just the fourth women’s basketball head coach in the program’s illustrious 46-year history.

Adair will be introduced to the Blue Hens community Monday, May 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.  Fans are invited to attend the welcome announcement at the Bob or follow live online at

“It became clear very quickly during this search that Natasha was the right person to lead this program,” remarked Rawak.  “She brings a competitive spirit to all she does and is committed to helping young women grow on the court, in the classroom and in the community; embracing and supporting the complete student-athlete experience.”

Adair joins the Blue Hens from Georgetown University, where she turned around a four-win Hoya program to a postseason contender in three seasons as head coach. Behind Adair’s leadership this past season, GU finished the year with a 17-13 record, the most wins for the Hoyas since 2011-12, and garnered the team’s second straight trip to the Postseason WNIT.

Adair was recently selected as a court coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials.

“Natasha Adair personifies the dream candidate to lead the new era of Blue Hens basketball,” said UD President Dennis Assanis. “She instantly brings the attributes that we seek in our new hires to drive our programs to success. With a deep commitment to both academics and athletics, she has mentored and guided student-athletes to achieve their career goals both on and off the court.  Natasha is an outstanding leader who will actively engage our players, our campus and our UD community.”

The Silver Spring, Md. native is no stranger to the Colonial Athletic Association as her first head coaching stint took her to the College of Charleston, where she was 35-31 overall. In the Cougars’ first season in the CAA in 2013-14, Adair guided The College to record of 19-15, marking the third-highest win total in the school’s Division I era.  Additionally, the squad finished third in conference play, defeated five postseason teams from the previous year and advanced to the semifinals of both the CAA Championship and the Women’s Basketball invitational.

“I would like to thank President Dennis Assanis and Director of Athletics Chrissi Rawak for this amazing opportunity to lead the University of Delaware’s women’s basketball program,” shared Adair.  “Chrissi is relentless in her efforts to surpass all expectations for excellence here at the University Delaware. Under her leadership, and with the unwavering support of President Assanis, the decision to become a Blue Hen was not only an easy one but also the right one for my family and me.  Their passion and commitment to comprehensive excellence for the student-athletes, along with the entire university community, is what compelled me to make this exciting decision.”

Adair played collegiately at Pensacola Junior College (1990-92) before playing and graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in communications in 1994.  She previously spent 13 seasons in the assistant coaching ranks, with seven years (2004-12) at Wake Forest University and six seasons (1998-04) at Georgetown University.  Her coaching career has seen her develop and mentor 12 players who went on to play at the professional level.

The Natasha Adair File
Born: Natasha Denean Adair (née Barnes), September 7, 1972 in Silver Spring, Md.
Family: Aaron (19; freshman basketball student-athlete at Johnson C. Smith University) and daughter, Allyssa (11)
High School: Albert Einstein High School (Kensington, Md.), 1990; Hall of Fame, 2011
College: University of South Florida, communications degree, 1994

Playing Career
1990-92: Pensacola Junior College (two state championships, led team in rebounding)
1992-94: University of South Florida (holds single season rebounding record)

Coaching Career
1998-04: Assistant Coach, Georgetown University (averaged 15 wins per season, four WNIT appearances)
2004-07: Assistant Coach, Wake Forest University (averaged 13 wins per season, one WNIT appearance)
2007-12: Associate Head Coach, Wake Forest University (averaged 17 wins per season, three WNIT appearances)
2012-13: Head Coach, College of Charleston (35-31 record, two WBI postseason appearances)
2012-13:  16-16
2013-14:  19-15
2014-17: Head Coach, Georgetown University (37-54, two WNIT appearances)
2014-15:  4-27
2015-16:  16-14
2016-17:  17-13
2017-Present: Head Coach, University of Delaware

Photo Courtesy Delaware Athletics

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