Assistant Coach Shea Ralph
Shea Ralph, a 2001 graduate of the University of
Connecticut, a member of the 2000 NCAA National Championship Team an
an All-American during her tenure in Storrs returns to her alma mater
for her first season as an assistant coach on the Connecticut staff.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to return to my home and to
further my career at the University of Connecticut,” Ralph said. “As a
player and a student, I invested everything I had into the program and
I am honored to have the chance to continue that as a member of the
Ralph will work primarily with the guards in her new role
at UConn after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach on the
women’s basketball staff at the University of Pittsburgh. She will also assist
in all facets of recruiting and player development.
During her tenure at Pittsburgh, Ralph was instrumental in
the program achieving unprecedented success as the Panthers posted at least 22
wins in each of her last three seasons and advanced to the NCAA Regional round
for the first time in its history in 2008. Ralph’s main focus was the
development of Pittsburgh’s guards. She was also heavily involved with the
team’s conditioning program, individual workouts and scouting.
Ralph returns to UConn where she earned All-America status as a player and was
recognized as the 2000 BIG EAST Player of the Year. Ralph was a captain of
Connecticut’s 2000 NCAA National Championship Team and finished her career with
1,678 points, which ranks as the eighth best total in UConn annals. She also
graduated from UConn ranked among the program’s top-10 career leaders in assists
(456), steals (252) and field goal percentage (.579).
In addition, Ralph was honored following the 2000 season as
the recipient of the Honda Award, which is presented to the top female athlete
in 12 collegiate sports, was named as the Sports Illustrated for Women Player of
the Year and was selected as the most valuable player at the 2000 NCAA Final
Ralph, who graduated from the University of Connecticut in
2001 with a degree in exercise physiology, also spent a season (2003) as an
assistant coach with the Springfield Spirit of the National Women’s Basketball
League. She was selected in the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Utah Starzz, but was
unable to compete due to a knee injury.
As a prep player, Ralph was chosen as the National High
School Player of the Year while at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville,