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Lindsay Edmonds Named Rice Women's Basketball Head Coach
Posted: April 23, 2021 -- 4:30 p.m. CT
Rice University Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced on Friday that former North Carolina State University women's basketball associate head coach Lindsay Edmonds has been named the sixth head coach in Owls' history.
"Lindsay Edmonds stood out among a very talented pool in our coaching search," Karlgaard said. "She has the experience and track record we are looking for to continue the recent success of our program and build upon it. Everywhere Lindsay has coached, she has won. Her student-athletes have excelled in the classroom and in the community. I'm excited for her to lead the next chapter of Rice women's basketball."
"I am extremely excited and honored to be named the next head coach at Rice University," Edmonds said. "I want to thank President David Leebron, Dr. Joe Karlgaard and Stacy Mosely for entrusting me with the great privilege of leading this program. Rice is a very special place made up by wonderful people. The student-athletes here get to have a tremendous experience of not only excelling on the basketball court but in the classroom as well. My family and I feel incredibly blessed to become a part of the Rice Owl family! We can't wait to get to Houston to meet the team and others in the Rice community, and to approach everything we do with a championship mentality."
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Edmonds comes to Rice after eight successful seasons with the Wolfpack. She served as an assistant coach from 2013-18, adding Recruiting Coordinator duties in 2018, before being elevated to associate head coach prior to the start of the 2019-20 campaign.
During her tenure in Raleigh, NC, Edmonds and head coach Wes Moore led the Wolfpack to an overall record of 190-65, including an 89-39 mark in the ACC, along with five NCAA Tournament appearances and three NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 berths (2018, 2019, 2021).
In her eight seasons with the Wolfpack, Edmonds was on the staff of an NC State team that produced three WNBA Draft picks, including two first round selections in center Kiara Leslie (Round 1-Pick 10, 2019) and Markeisha Gatling (Round 1-Pick 10, 2014).
The Wolfpack is coming off of a 2020-21 campaign in which Edmonds helped guide the team to their third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance and a 22-3 record. NC State won the ACC Tournament for a second straight year and finished the season ranked No. 7 in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
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