Shea Ralph, a 2001 graduate of the University of Connecticut, a member of the 2000 NCAA National Championship Team and an All-American during her tenure in Storrs, returns to her alma mater for her fifth season as an assistant coach on the Connecticut staff.
Ralph works primarily with the guards in her 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 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 Pitt's 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 Four.
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, N.C.