The Richmond Register

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June 24, 2014

OVC BASKETBALL: McNair joins Lady Colonels’ staff

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Chrissy Roberts has announced that Teresa McNair  — a Hall-of-Fame guard for the Lady Colonels from 1999-2003 — has joined the staff as an assistant coach.

McNair was inducted into the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012, less than 10 years after the conclusion of her prolific Lady Colonel career.

Roberts, another former Lady Colonel great (1996-98) who was an assistant at EKU during McNair’s freshman year of 1999-2000, said of the hire, “Teresa is a great addition to our coaching staff and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome her back to Eastern Kentucky University. I have followed Teresa’s coaching career closely since she left Richmond, and I think she is a perfect fit for us right now. I look forward to watching her coach with the same passion and toughness she displayed as a player here at EKU.”

McNair started in all but five of the 116 games she played for coach Larry Joe Inman. The native of Ocala, Florida was an integral part of 76 victories during her career at Eastern, which included a fantastic junior year in 2001-02 that saw EKU finish with a 23-8 record, the regular season Ohio Valley Conference title and  advance to the WNIT Sweet 16.

As a senior, McNair was named first-team All-OVC thanks to averaging 10.8 points per game and leading the nation with 131 steals.

She averaged 11.1 points-per-game and finished 24th in the nation in steals-per-game her junior season, as Eastern captured the regular season OVC title. The Lady Colonels won 23 games (second-most in program history) that year, defeated Southwest Missouri in the opening round of the WNIT and hosted Alabama in the Sweet 16 of the WNIT.

As a sophomore, McNair started all 28 games and won the second of four EKU Team Defensive Awards she collected in her career.

She made an immediate impact as a freshman, averaging 10.0 points-per-game and being named to the All-OVC Freshman Team.

McNair led the OVC in steals each of her four seasons at Eastern and holds the conference career steals mark with 406. She ended her career at EKU with 1,183 points, which ranks 17th on the Lady Colonels’ all-time scoring list.

McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and information technology from EKU in 2003. She then received a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in information security management from Saint Leo University in 2010 and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2013.

In 2006, McNair became the first African American girl’s head basketball coach at her alma mater, Forest High School in Ocala.

She has been the head coach at Forest High for the past eight years and will be inducted into the school’s inaugural Hall of Fame class in August of 2014.

McNair has an eight-year-old daughter named Princess Hardin.

 

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