Southern Miss Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced the hiring of Alaura Sharp as an assistant coach for the Lady Eagle program.
Sharp comes to Southern Miss following a four-year stint as the head coach at Garden City Community College where she turned the Lady Busters program into a top contender each year in the tough Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and Region VI.
While at GCCC, Sharp guided the Lady Busters to their best record in school history at 29-4 in 2012-13 and ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA Polls. Her career coaching record at Garden City was 83-45 and had the highest winning percentage for all women’s coaches. Sharp also produced an All-American player in Tamara Jones from Prosser, Washington over the last two years. Sharp was also named KJCCC Coach of the Year.
During her tenure at GCCC, her teams defeated 11 nationally ranked teams. She posted back-to-back 20-win seasons including the teams’ best start at 15-0 during 2012-13. Her teams finished second in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference in 2012 and 2013 while finishing third in 2010. She was awarded the KJCCC Coach of the Year in 2010 while her teams advanced to the semifinals of the Region VI Tournament in 2012 and 2013.
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