Fortner Selects New Assistant Coach

Auburn, Ala.--Nell Fortner has hired an assistant coach from Georgia Tech to replace Sue Guevara on the Auburn women's basketball coaching staff.

Seth Kushkin, 37, a 1992 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, will take over for Guevara who left Auburn to become head coach at Central Michigan.

Kushkin has an extensive coaching background, including a position on the staff at Purdue when the Boilermakers won the 1998-99 national championship.

"Seth brings with him success as a collegiate assistant and a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge," says Fortner, who will begin her fourth season as head coach of the Tigers in the fall. "He brings great understanding of the game and an exceptional ability to relate to the players. We lost a lot of experience with Sue Guevara, but I am getting that experience back by hiring Seth."

Kushkin began coaching as head freshman coach and a varsity assistant at The Columbus Academy in Columbus, Ohio in 1993. He was named head coach of McDonogh School in Baltimore in 1994 and posted a 65-20 record at the school through 1997.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Kushkin served as athletic director and co-head girls basketball coach at the Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio before joining the staff at Georgia Tech last year Tech had the best season in school history with a 9-5 ACC record and 21 overall wins. including the school's first ever NCAA tournament win.

Before his arrival at Georgia Tech, he spent the previous two years as athletic director and co-head girls basketball coach at the Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. At the college level, he has also coached at Ohio State and coached WNBA players Camille Cooper, Katie Douglas, Ukari Figgs and Stephanie White,Courtney Coleman, Caity Matter and Kasha Terry.

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