The newest member of the Wildcat coaching staff, Yeshimbra "Shimmy" Gray joined the program last May, bringing with her several years of West Coast coaching experience, particularly in the Pac-10.
Gray spent the last three years with the University of Washington women's basketball staff, most recently 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.
Serving as assistant coach for all three of her years there, 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 women's basketball coach 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 the University of 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. She averaged 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game over her career, including averages of 11.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg as a senior.
A 1994 Michigan graduate, Gray earned a bachelor of arts in sociology with a minor in law, criminology and deviance. She had a stellar prep career in both basketball and track and field at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Mich.
Gray 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.