Miami University Director of Athletics David Sayler has chosen DeUnna Hendrix to be the ninth head coach in Miami women’s basketball history.
Hendrix comes to Oxford from High Point University, where she was the head coach for seven seasons. She ranks third among Panther women’s basketball coaches with 125 wins and amassed an 89-43 mark in the Big South. The 67.4 conference winning percentage is the best in program history.
“I want to thank Dr. Qubein, Dan Hauser, Craig Keilitz and the High Point family for the past eight years,” said Hendrix. “It was a true privilege to work alongside so many great people and to serve at such a reputable institution. The next chapter has led me to Miami University! I am incredibly grateful to President Crawford and David Sayler for this opportunity. I look forward to building on the foundation that Coach Duffy was able to lay the past few years and in enhancing the program by Graduating Champions. I am proud to call Miami my new home.”
In 2018-19, Hendrix led High Point to a 22-9 record and a 15-3 record in Big South competition, earning an invite to the WNIT for the second time during her tenure.
During Hendrix’s time with the Panthers, the Kokomo, Indiana-native has coached three Big South Players of the Year, five All-Big South First Team members, 15 all-conference players and five players that earned all-freshman accolades, including one Big South Freshman of the Year honoree. She also has won one regular season championship (2013-14), earning Big South Coach of the Year that same season.
Hendrix served as an assistant coach for one year with HPU before earning the top job in May of 2012.
“After a national search it was clear that DeUnna was the right choice with strong Midwest ties to lead our women’s basketball program,” said Sayler. “Her success on and off the court, combined with seven years of successful head coaching experience makes her the ideal fit to continue to move this program in a championship direction.”
Hendrix joined High Point in 2011 after four years as an assistant coach at Jacksonville University. The Dolphins advanced to the Atlantic Sun championship game in three of her four seasons, including 2011. The team went 23-9 in 2007-08, the best overall record in program history.
Prior to Jacksonville, Hendrix played at the University of Richmond from 2003-07. Hendrix was a two-time team captain her junior and senior year. She also helped the Spiders to an NCAA Tournament appearance (2004-05) as well as the WNIT semifinals in 2003-04.
Hendrix was a three-sport athlete during her prep career at Kokomo High School. She was a First-Team All-State selection as a senior, leading the Lady Kats to an undefeated season, a state championship and a No. 14 national ranking.
Hendrix went on to play professionally for the Jacksonville Cougars of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League in the summer of 2008. It was the league’s inaugural season and Hendrix was elected team captain.
Hendrix earned her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communications from Richmond in 2007.
A press conference introducing Hendrix will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the Walter L. Gross Jr. Family Student-Athlete Development Center.