Former All-American Joins Women's Staff

Semeka Randall, a former Tennessee All-American and a four-year veteran of the WNBA, has joined the West Virginia University women's basketball coaching staff, head coach Mike Carey announced today.

Randall, a Cleveland, Ohio, native, comes to WVU from Michigan State where she has spent the last three seasons on the Spartans staff (2005-07). During her tenure at MSU, the Spartans played for the national championship (2005), advanced to the Sweet 16 (2006) and made it to the NCAA second round (2007). Prior to her tenure at Michigan State, Randall served as an assistant coach at Cleveland State in 2002-03.

"We are very excited for Semeka to join our staff," Carey said. "She certainly brings a lot to the program with her playing experiences at Tennessee and in the WNBA. As a coach, she's coming to us from a very good Michigan State (program) that has had great success in the past three seasons while she's been on the Spartan staff. She will be heavily involved in recruiting and will work mainly with coaching the guards."

Randall's playing career at Tennessee includes All-America accolades and a national championship. Her professional experience includes the WNBA and playing overseas. A standout guard for the Lady Vols from 1998-2001, Randall earned Kodak All-America first-team honors in 1999 and 2000. She was an integral part of Tennessee's 1998 NCAA Championship team that went 39-0, averaging 15.9 points as a freshman while earning honorable mention All-America recognition.

In addition to her All-America honors, she was named Women's Basketball Journal's Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000, first team All-Southeastern Conference in 1999 and 2000, second team All-SEC and a member of the SEC All-Freshman team in 1998 and was on the NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament team in 1998 and 2000. Randall scored 1,915 points during her career at Tennessee (13.7 ppg) and added 716 rebounds (5.1 rpg), 286 steals and 236 assists. She ranks fifth on the Lady Vols' career charts in both points and steals and third in free throws made (439). Tennessee posted a record of 134-10 during her four-year career, including championship game appearances in 1998 and 2000. During the summer of 1998, Randall was the leading scorer for the gold medal-winning USA Jones Cup team.

Randall was the first player chosen in the second round (17th overall) of the 2001 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm. She started 30 of 32 games as a rookie, averaging a career-best 9.4 points. She averaged 5.8 points during her 123-game WNBA career, including 55 starts. In 2001-02, Randall started all 16 games at point guard and averaged 19 points while playing for the Israeli Professional Basketball League. She played in the Greek Professional Basketball League in 2002-03, again starting all 16 games for her squad. In 2003, she was a member of the Tennessee Fury of the National Women's Basketball League, averaging 12.2 points as a shooting guard. In 2004, she completed her four-year WNBA career which included stops in Seattle (2001-02), Utah (2002) and San Antonio (2003-04). She also played in the National Women's Basketball League and in pro leagues in Israel (2001-02) and Greece (2002-03).

Prior to her exemplary playing career at Tennessee and in the professional ranks, Randall was an accomplished basketball player in high school. She was Parade Magazine's Player of the Year and a first-team All-American in 1997 while starring at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio. The Cleveland native was Ohio's Miss Basketball in 1996 and 1997, a member of the 1996 and 1997 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Teams, the MVP of the Ohio state basketball tournament in 1994 and 1996 and the Gatorade Circle of Champions Midwest Player of the Year in 1997. She graduated in December of 2000, a semester ahead of her class, with a bachelor's degree in speech communications. Randall will be getting inducted into the national Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame in Orlando, May 16.

"I hope I can come in and contribute and give to the program any way I can," Randall said of her opportunity. "One of the things I see that is similar between Mike (Carey) and Pat (Summitt) is their hard work. I want to get in here and work my tail off and be part of a team that works hard. Working to win is a common goal and I have that championship experience that I hope to give back to our student-athletes. I looked down the roster here and watched the team play a few games this year. This team certainly has players with the experience needed to succeed. There are so many promising things here. As a young coach, I'm excited about this opportunity. Working here will allow me to grow to become an even better coach."

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