June 27, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona head coach Niya Butts announced the addition of Calamity McEntire as an assistant coach to the women’s basketball staff on Monday.
McEntire comes to Arizona from 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 cannot wait to begin working with her and her staff and 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 and 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 eight years of coaching, McEntire has worked with 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.
McEntire played two seasons at Eastern Oklahoma State University where she led the Mountaineers to a Region II Championship and a No. 4 national ranking. She served as a student assistant coach for half of a season at EOSC and has also coached at the AAU level in Canadian, Okla.
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