Chris Sumski Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Rhodes College

Rhodes College head women’s basketball coach, Lauren Sumski, announced the hiring of Chris Sumski as the program’s new assistant women’s basketball coach. Chris will also share duties in the Athletics Department as the Assistant Director of Facilities for the Bryan Campus Life Center.

Sumski comes to Rhodes from Union University, where he spent two seasons. During his time at Union, he was primarily responsible for opponent scouting, film breakdown and working with the post players. During those two seasons, he helped develop Tiara Caldwell into an NCAA Division II All-American post player. He was also a part of a Gulf South Conference Regular Season Championship, helped lead Union to a No. 1 – South Region ranking in the NCAA National Tournament and a top-25 NCAA DII final ranking.

Before Union, Sumski was an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the men’s basketball program at St. Andrews University, as they began their transition from NCAA Division II to NAIA. During his time at St. Andrews, Sumski was involved in all aspects of the program, where he recruited and developed two AAC All-Conference players, one of which went on to play professionally in Spain. Sumski also served as the head coach of the school’s junior varsity men’s basketball team.

Sumski played collegiately for St. Andrews University for four years, during the end of the school’s era as an NCAA DII institution. During his senior year, he averaged 10 points per game and set the school record for three pointers made in a season (81). He twice set the school record for three pointers made in a game (nine) and finished third in the Conference Carolinas in overall three point percentage (42%). Chris graduated from St. Andrews University in May 2012, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.

Sumski is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and is the eldest son of Steve and Melissa Sumski. He wed the former Lauren Avant, current head coach of the Lynx women’s basketball team, on March 31, 2015.

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