Tigers Hire Assistant Basketball Coach

Auburn, Ala.--Nell Fortner filled a vacancy on the women's basketball coaching staff on Friday with Daedre Charles-Furlow joining the Auburn program. The former University of Tennessee player replaces another former UT player, Carla McGhee, who left to take a job with the WNBA.

"We are so excited to have Daedre Charles-Furlow as a member of our staff," Fortner says. "She has tremendous playing experience on the collegiate, professional and international level and is on her way to becoming an outstanding coach with aspirations of becoming a head coach some day.

"Daedre has a tremendous personality, and her teaching skills will be very important to the development of our post players."

A two-time college All-American for the Lady Vols, Charles-Furlow comes to AU from the University of Detroit Mercy in her hometown, where she has been on the staff since 2003.

She was named the 1991 SEC Female Athlete of the Year and became the first player from the SEC to win the Wade Trophy, the highest honor awarded in college women's basketball.

Charles-Furlow was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team and was a member of three U.S. National teams (1989, 1992 and 1994) and she played pro basketball in Japan, Italy and France before joining the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks in 1997.

Charles-Furlow and her husband Anthony are the parents of a four-year-old named Anthonee.

"From the first time I heard about this opportunity, I was excited," Charles-Furlow says. "I have known Nell for a long time and (Auburn assistant) Sue Guevara recruited me so I knew the experience and the outstanding background of the coaches on this staff. This is a great opportunity for me to not only learn about the game, but to also help Auburn reach its goal of winning a national championship."

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