Adair named GU women's basketball coach

Natasha Adair has been named head coach of the Georgetown women’s basketball team, the school announced Monday, and will be formally introduced Tuesday afternoon during a news conference at McDonough Gym.

The former assistant at Georgetown becomes the ninth women’s basketball coach in program history after Jim Lewis served in an interim role for one season during a transitional phase. Keith Brown had been the coach during 2012-13 but stepped down amid allegations of unprofessional conduct from players before the start of last season.

Adair “is a rising star in the coaching ranks, and the success each of her schools have had is a testament to the hard work she has put in with her student-athletes,” Georgetown Athletic Director Lee Reed said in statement. “She will ensure that our young women develop both on and off the floor, and we are very excited to welcome her and her family back home and to the Hilltop.”

The native of Silver Spring and graduate of Einstein High School most recently served as head coach at Charleston, where she directed the team to a 19-15 record and the third most single-season wins in school history. Adair was an assistant at Wake Forest for eight seasons after serving in a similar capacity at Georgetown for six years.

The Hoyas went 11-21 last season after making the NCAA tournament from 2009-10 through 2011-12 for the longest such run in program history. Georgetown graduates five seniors but has back Natalie Butler, who was named Big East freshman of the year and set conference and school records for single-season rebounding.

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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