NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With coaching and playing experience at the highest level of NCAA women’s college basketball, Katherine Graham joins the Lipscomb women’s basketball staff as assistant coach as announced by head coach Greg Brown on Wednesday.
“I have known of Katherine since she played at LSU,” said Brown. “When the job opened (Georgia head coach) Andy Landers called me early and recommended her and it solidified some of the things I already knew about her. Then within the hour (Texas A&M head coach) Bob Starkey called and they were verbatim in what they said about her and again confirmed what we knew.”
A Birmingham, Alabama native, Graham spent the past two seasons at Georgia as a graduate assistant where the Lady Dogs made their 19th and 20th consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to join this coaching staff and be a part of this university,” said Graham. “Coach Brown is great and then you have Courtney (Locke) with her experience and Anna (Bowers) being from Lipscomb and the rich history here. I love the spiritual aspect of Lipscomb and the chance to help student-athletes in ways other than just basketball.”
“I want to be able to come in and contribute any way I can. Coach Brown was looking for someone to try and take some initiative and have a high level knowledge of basketball and that’s what I hope to bring to the team.”
A four-year letter winner at LSU, Graham earned All-SEC Defensive Team and SEC Community Service Team honors as a senior for the Tigers.
“Getting to know Catherine over the last few weeks, she is a great addition for us with the experience she brings,” said Brown. “She understands the culture here at Lipscomb and is excited to be able to do some things here that she couldn’t do at some other places off the floor and on the floor.
“Having played and coached at the SEC level, she has seen what we are trying to build to. She’s incredibly detailed and proactive and has all of the things you look for in someone. She also understands what we are doing system wise having run the motion offense in college and having coached against it.”
Graham finished her career in Baton Rouge with 713 points, 500 rebounds and 295 assists. She is the only player LSU history to notch a triple double during SEC play and only one of two ever, having achieved the rare feat during the 2009-10 season against Ole Miss when she scored 20 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists against the Rebels.
As a prepster, Graham helped lead Ramsay High School in Birmingham to four consecutive class 5A state titles and a record of 126-13.