June 29, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Marquette women's basketball head coach Terri Mitchell is pleased to announce the hiring of Ashley Earley as an assistant coach.
Earley will be responsible for the development of MU's post players in addition to recruiting and on-the-court coaching.
"We have made a great new hire to our staff, and we couldn't be more excited to have Ashley join our family," said Mitchell. "We couldn't be happier of where this program is going. Between the new incoming student-athletes and our new staff member, there is an enthusiasm and excitement to get the season underway."
Earley comes to Marquette after spending two seasons at Tennessee Tech in 2007-08 and 2008-09 as an assistant coach and a season on staff at Rhode Island for the 2009-10 season. Earley served as a graduate assistant at Alabama for the 2006-07 season and earned her master's degree in marketing in 2007.
"Ashley is one of the top up-and-coming assistants in the country and had a stellar playing career at Vanderbilt. She will use the knowledge of her success as a student-athlete and her coaching experience to develop our post players. She is committed to making our post players some of the best in the BIG EAST as well as contributing to our entire program. Her enthusiasm, passion and drive will help us succeed," said Mitchell.
She played four seasons at Vanderbilt, captaining the Commodores during the 2004-05 season while leading the team in scoring (18.4 ppg), rebounding (9.4) and steals (2.1).
As a senior, she was a first-team All-SEC unanimous selection, Kodak All-Region, Associated Press honorable mention All-America, and second-team All-America by Full Court Press. She led the SEC in field goal percentage and offensive rebounds and was a candidate for both the Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award.
During her career at Vandy, she scored over 1,300 points while helping lead the Commodores to four straight NCAA Tournament berths, one appearance in the Elite Eight and two trips to the Sweet Sixteen. She was part of two SEC tournament championship teams. She earned her degree in psychology in 2005.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Earley was named Gatorade Player of the Year and selected as the Division 2 Miss Basketball following her senior season.
Earley was drafted by the WNBA's Indiana Fever following her college career. She played the 2005-06 season for Maccabi Tel Kabir in the Safsal Israeli League. She was the team leader in points and rebounds and ranked in the league's top five in scoring, rebounds and field goal percentage.