DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake women's basketball coach Jennie Baranczyk announced the final addition to her coaching staff Monday. Former Mississippi State standout Courtney Graham joins the staff as assistant coach.
"I love Courtney's passion and her overall vision not just in basketball but in life," Baranczyk said. "She is going to be an outstanding mentor to our student-athletes and she comes from a basketball coaching family. Her personality is great and she is going to be embraced by the Drake community as one of its own."
Graham has been out of coaching for the past two seasons but prior to that she was an assistant coach at Holy Cross for three seasons and before Holy Cross, Graham was the academic coordinator and senior women's administrator at Kentucky State University.
"I am thankful for this opportunity to get back into coaching with someone like Jennie that shares my passion for coaching and teaching student-athletes," Graham said. "It is exciting to face new challenges and I knew this was going to be the right fit here at Drake University and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Drake community."
At Mississippi State, Graham earned four letters as a member of the basketball team. A post player she made three NCAA Tournament appearances and one WNIT Tournament appearance as a player. From 2005 to 2007, Graham was the associate varsity head coach and head junior varsity coach at her alma mater Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Graham earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State in 2002 and a master's in Sports Administration in 2003. Graham's father, William coached in college basketball for over 25 seasons and her brother, William played college basketball at Wright State.