Head coach Niya Butts and the Arizona women's basketball team open the 2012-13 season on Monday, Nov. 5 to host Grand Canyon University at McKale Center. The exhibition contest will begin at 7 p.m. MST.
Calamity McEntire enters her first year as an assistant coach for the Arizona women's basketball team.
Calamity McEntire is in her second year as an assistant coach with the University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball staff. After the 2012-13 season, McEntire was promoted with recruiting coordinator duties.
Prior to Arizona, McEntire spent four years at Boise State, where she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four years, specifically handling scouting, assisting with team workouts and coaching the guards.
"We are really excited about adding Coach McEntire to our staff," Butts said. "She is going to be a big asset to our recruiting and development. It's always exciting to get someone in who is a hard worker, grinds and gets out there. We are excited to add her to our family and staff and look forward to many years ahead."
As recruiting coordinator at Boise State, McEntire brought five players to campus that made conference all-freshmen teams. She coached two athletes who earned postseason all-conference honors, two league all-defensive team members, 11 who received a total of 22 Academic All-conference honors and two who garnered ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition.
"It is with great excitement that I join the Wildcat family at Arizona," McEntire said."Coach Butts made an immediate and positive impression on me. Her driven vision for the Arizona Women's Basketball program quickly convinced me that I wanted to become a Wildcat. I am honored and privileged to be a part of such an incredible tradition at the University of Arizona."
Prior to Boise State, McEntire spent two years at UC Santa Barbara, where she served as Director of Women's Basketball Operations. Prior to that, she served as an assistant coach at Fresno State from 2004 to 2006. In addition to on-floor coaching, she managed recruiting, monitored academic progress of student athletes and oversaw the program's community outreach endeavors. During her time at Fresno State, she helped the Bulldogs advance to the WNIT.
In her nine years of coaching, McEntire has worked with Davellyn Whyte, the 16th-drafted player in the 2013 WNBA draft and arguably the best player in Arizona women's basketball history. In addition, she coached four players who combined for five all-conference honors, three who earned all-defensive team recognition, five all-freshmen team honorees and two players who made conference all-tournament teams. In addition, 18 individuals earned a combined total of 34 academic all-conference honors.
McEntire, a native of Kiowa, Okla., graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2003 with a degree in education majoring in sports management. While at Tennessee, she worked as an equipment manager for the Lady Vols from May 2001 to July 2003. She also worked as the equipment manager/gym director for the Pat Summitt Summer Basketball Camp from 2001-03.