University of Maine women’s basketball head coach Richard Barron is proud to announce the hiring of Edniesha Curry as an assistant coach with the Black Bears.
“I am very excited for our players and our staff to announce the hiring of Edniesha Curry,” commented Barron. “Coach Eddie was highly recommended by world renowned skills coach Ganon Baker and it was immediately evident why. She is a gifted skill instructor and motivator and will bring tremendous energy to our program. Coach Eddie has an infectious personality and enthusiasm which I know will result in greater productivity with our players.”
A former WNBA third round draft pick, Curry joins the University of Maine after spending the past four years training and developing players across the world with stops in Vietnam, China, Israel and Palestine. Most recently, Curry was the head coach for SSA Basketball in Ho Chi Minh City where she was in charge of the delivery of basketball programs across the city for ages 6-18. Curry produced and implemented all player and coaching development curriculums while serving as camp director. Also while in Vietnam, Curry served as the lead Junior NBA Schools Basketball Skills Clinician, directing and leading 25 school clinics.
Prior to her time in Vietnam, Curry participated in the Nike Pre-Draft Chicago School where she was the lead girls basketball skill development instructor. Curry’s main focus in at the Chicago School was to develop weekly pre-draft skill sessions, designed to educate, enhance and elevate elite girls basketball athletes.
In 2013, Curry became the head coach and basketball skill development trainer with WCBA Shanxi Flames Women’s Professional Club in Taiyuan, China after serving a six month stint as a basketball skill development trainer with PeacePlayers International in Israel.
Curry enjoyed a four year WNBA career after being selected in the third round of the 2002 draft by the Charlotte Sting. Curry helped lead teams to winning seasons as a point guard for the Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks before taking her talents overseas where she competed in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, Israel, Hungary and Poland. Curry was named a Greek All-Star in 2005 and helped lead her Hungary squad to the FIBA Cup Europe in 2006.
In college, Curry played one season at Oregon where she was a member of the Ducks’ WNIT Championship team in 2002. As a senior, Curry earned All Pac-10 honorable mention.
From 1998-2000, Curry competed at Cal State Northridge and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in 3-point baskets (168). An All-Big Sky selection in 1998 and 1999, Curry was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 1998. Curry led the Matadors in scoring three-straight years and was named Big Sky Tournament MVP as a sophomore, leading the school to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Curry has worked numerous camps, highlighted by her time spent at the Nike Pre-Season Academy in Portland, Ore.
Curry received her bachelor of science in sociology from the University of Oregon in 2002 before obtaining her master of business administration-project management at American Inter-Continental University in 2006.
“We celebrate the contributions of Tracy Guerrette and Sean Smith and will miss their presence on a daily basis,” added Barron. “However, we are thrilled with the addition of Mallory Benard and Edniesha Curry and what they will bring to our program.”
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