Yeshimbra "Shimmy" Gray is in her second season with the Wildcats. Gray joined the program in May of 2003, bringing with her several years of West Coast coaching experience, particularly in the Pac-10. She is involved with recruiting, scouting and on-floor coaching of both guards and post players for the Wildcats. She also assists in the operations of the Joan Bonvicini Basketball Camp.
An excellent public speaker, for the past three years Gray has been invited to speak at workshops sponsored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and conducted at the NCAA convention. She also writes a column for adolescent girl basketball players and their parents for the website “Hoop Gurlz.”
Prior to her arrival at Arizona, Gray spent three years with the University of Washington women's basketball staff in a dual role as assistant coach and director of operations. During her time in Seattle, the Huskies logged a combined 63-30 record and earned two NCAA Tournament berths, including an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2001.
Gray's responsibilities included post player development and rebounding, assisting with recruiting and opponent scouting, and coordination of the practice scout team. With the addition of the director of operations title for the 2002-03 season, she was given other duties that included management of team community service projects, coordination of team travel, overseeing the team's video exchange program and supervision of student-athlete academics. Gray was director of the June Daugherty Hoops Camp for two years as well.
Prior to her arrival at Washington, Gray was an assistant at Bellevue (Wash.) Community College for the 1999-2000 season. During the 1998-99 season, she played professional basketball with Olivais Futbol Clube in the first division women's league in Coimbra, Portugal. From 1995-98, Gray served as a police officer for the Ypsilanti (Mich.) Police Department and the University of Michigan Police Department.
Gray played collegiate basketball at Michigan from 1991-94, where she was a three-year starter for the Wolverines and was team captain as a senior. Despite playing only three seasons, Gray finished her career among the all-time leaders on several UM career statistical lists, including steals, rebounds and rebounding average.
A 1994 Michigan graduate, Gray earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology with a minor in law, criminology and deviance.