Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Shimmy Gray Hired As An Assistant At Arizona

April 21, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Washington women's basketball assistant coach Shimmy Gray has been hired as an assistant at the University of Arizona, Wildcat women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini announced Monday.

Gray has spent the last three years as an assistant coach under head coach June Daugherty, a position that included a dual role of assistant coach and director of operations this past season. During her tenure in Seattle, the Huskies earned two NCAA Tournament berths (including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2001), garnered a share of the Pac-10 title in 2001, and turned in an overall record of 63-30.

At Arizona, Gray will be involved with recruiting, scouting and on-floor coaching of both guards and post players. She will also assist in the operations of the Joan Bonvicini Basketball Camp.

'I'm very excited about this opportunity,' Gray said. 'This move to Arizona is a logical step in my career and with what I want to accomplish. But I am extremely sad to leave behind the staff I've worked with for the last year years and the players I've loved. I wan to thank June for the opportunity to coach at this level. She's been a great mentor to me and along with Mike Daugherty and Sunny Smallwood, they have helped make a move like this possible for me.

'It's going to be sad to play against Washington next year, but I'm excited to be a Wildcat. Joan Bonvicini is a great coach. I wanted to play for her when I was in high school and now I get to work for her and I'm really excited about that.'

Gray's coaching responsibilities at Washington included post-player development and rebounding, in addition to coordinating opponent scouting efforts and the practice scout team. Gray also served as team academic advisor, coordinated team travel, oversaw the team's video exchange program and oversaw the team's community service projects. Gray also was the director of the June Daugherty Hoops Camp and was in charge of the Husky Women's Basketball Community Youth Clinics.

'Shimmy has been an outstanding coach for the last three years,' Daugherty said. 'She has contributed greatly to our program working with academics and community service, in addition to her contributions to the team on the court. It's a good move for her and we wish her all the best as she continues her coaching career.'

Gray played college basketball at Michigan from 1991-94, where she was a three-year starter for the Wolverines and a team captain as a senior. Despite playing only three years, Gray moved into several Wolverine career charts. Upon receiving her degree in sociology, with a minor in criminology, Gray pursued a career as a police officer in Michigan from 1995-98.

A native of Flint, Mich., Gray played professional basketball with Olivias Futebol Clube in Coimbra, Portugal during the 1998-99 season. Prior to her arrival at Washington she was an assistant coach at Bellevue Community College (1999-00).

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