Original article (Caroline McCombs Introduced as #Seawolves Women’s Basketball Head Coach) on Stony Brook University’s athletic website stonybrookathletics.com.
Stony Brook University formally introduced Caroline McCombs as its women’s basketball head coach in a press conference Friday at the Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Development Center. Named head coach by incoming Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron Thursday, McCombs brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience and 11 national postseason berths at the Division I level to Stony Brook. She is responsible for the development of two Associated Press All-Americans and three WNBA players.
In front of a crowd of over 100 people, including members of the Stony Brook women’s basketball team and local media, McCombs thanked President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., Heilbron, Donna Woodruff and the search committee for the opportunity to lead the Seawolves.
She will be on News 12 Long Island with Jamie Stuart Friday at 8:50 p.m.
McCombs spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Auburn, where she helped the Tigers to back-to-back WNIT berths. The 2012 recruiting class was ranked 16th in the nation.
She was previously an assistant at Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Valparaiso University. During her time at Pittsburgh, the Panthers reached the postseason five straight years, including three NCAA appearances and trips to the Sweet 16 in 2008 and ’09.
McCombs left her mark in the record books during her collegiate playing career at Youngstown State, where she captained the team to a first-round win in the NCAA Tournament as a senior. The guard finished her career in 1998 as the program’s sixth-leading scorer and was inducted into the Youngstown State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. She received her master’s degree from Valparaiso.
McCombs played professionally from 1998-99 for the Czech Basketball Federation’s BK Blex Karlovy Vary and was the head coach for Athletes in Action in Warsaw, Poland in 2004.