Last year about this time, Loyola University of Chicago fired Hall of Famer, Sheryl Swoopes. Now a year later, Swoopes has been hired as the Director of Player Development at a school extremely close to her: Texas Tech, her alma mater.
Swoopes graduated from Texas Tech before making her legacy in the WNBA. She also is in the university’s Hall of Fame since in 2003.
Head coach Candi Whitaker stated this in a press release:
"I am thrilled to welcome Sheryl back to Texas Tech as our program's Director of Player Development. Candi Whitaker said in a news release. She brings a wealth of experience playing at the highest level and will be an outstanding resource for our student-athletes. Sheryl's passion for our program and for impacting young players will be extremely beneficial for our continued growth. She is a fantastic addition to our staff."
As for Swoopes, she won’t be coaching but she will have daily interaction with players on and off the court, as well as doing the color analyst on TV broadcasts for the Lady Raiders.
"I couldn't be more excited about joining Texas Tech and the Lady Raider program. I am very grateful to Coach Whitaker for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with the players and staff. My role as Director of Player Development gives me an opportunity to do what I love and help the players develop both on and off the court."
Swoopes has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame making her the first person from Texas Texas to receive the honor. She also was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.