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Sister Resister – Edniesha Curry!

We’re so proud to introduce today’s Sister Resister: Edniesha Curry!

Edniesha is the ONLY woman who is currently working as a full-time assistant coach for a NCAA Division 1 MEN’s basketball team, the University of Maine Black Bears.  While Title IX was effective in opening doors for female players, it has had the opposite impact on the number of female coaches.  As more money went into coaching female teams, more men joined the ranks, driving women out of coaching women’s teams while continuing to coach men’s teams.  We think that Chocolate Anarchy best suits Edneisha Curry because she never let the word “no” or the fear of taking a less traditional route stop her.  Rather, she took risks and paved her own path to greatness.

Edniesha graduated from the University of Oregon in 2002, excelling in basketball, earning All-Pac 10 honorable mentions as a senior. She led the team to a WNIT championship, averaging 9.8 points per game with a total of 104 assists.  Following university, she played for the WNBA Charlotte Sting, Phoenix Mercury and LA Sparks, as well as teams in Greece, Poland, Israel, and Hungary. She didn’t stop there! After playing in the WNBA, she served as head coach for the WCBA’s Shanxi Flames Women’s Profession club in Taiyuan, China and as head coach for a team in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. From 2015 to 2017, she worked for the UMaine Women’s basketball team as an assistant coach.  After leaving UMaine (don’t worry, she returned!) she had stints with the NBA Assistant Coaches Program and the Atlanta Classical Academy as the women’s athletic program manager.

She joined the UMaine Men’s basketball team as the Assistant Coach in 2018. Curry hopes that this accomplishment will show girls and women that gender is not a limitation, and they can also coach Men’s basketball!

Women like Ednieshia Curry continually rise to the challenge, don’t take no for an answer, and never stop striving for greatness.

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