Wildcat mentor entering her 16th year with K-State
ETHRIDGE'S TROPHY CASE 2002 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee 2000 Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Honor Inductee 2000 Texas Women's Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Southwest Conference All-Decade Team Two-time Kodak All-American (1985 and 1986) 1986 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award 1986 Wade Trophy and Honda Broderick Award recipient 1986 NCAA Champions, MVP and Team Captain
ETHRIDGE'S NATIONAL TEAMS 1988 U.S. Olympics (Gold Medal) 1984 U.S. Olympics (alternate) 1987 Pan American Games (Gold Medal) 1987 Goodwill Games (Gold Medal) 1986 World Championships (Gold Medal) 1985 World University Games (Silver Medal) 1982 and 1983 National Sports Festival (Gold Medal)
Recognized as one of the greatest women's basketball guards to ever play the game, Kamie Ethridge is in her 17th season as associate head coach of the Kansas State women's basketball program.
In this role, Ethridge shares the responsibility for all developmental, administrative and coaching aspects of the program.
Ethridge's reputation as one of the best players ever at the point guard position is matched professionally by her label as one of the best teachers in the game. Anyone who has been in the gym with Ethridge recognizes her special ability to break the game down and develop individual player skills.
The culmination of her spectacular playing career and inspirational coaching received the ultimate recognition in 2002 with her enshrinement into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Leading up to the honor, she was inducted into the University of Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Honor in 2000 and was one-of-eight players selected to the Southwest Conference Players of the Decade Team. On Jan. 17, 1997, her No. 33 jersey was retired at Monterey High School in her hometown of Lubbock, Texas.
Ethridge's coaching prowess has been apparent in the Wildcat perimeter game. Under Ethridge's tutelage, K-State's perimeter game has blossomed into one of the nation's best. In 2001-02, Kansas State led the country in three-point field goal percentage (41.1) and ranked among the top 10 in three-point field goals made (8th, 262). She has also helped in the development of four WNBA players (Shalee Lehning, Laurie Koehn, Claire Coggins and Megan Mahoney). Lehning, a 2009 All-Big 12 first team selection, finished her career as the first player in Big 12 history to record 1,000 points (1,189), 900 rebounds (914) and 800 assists (800). Her career assist total ranks first in school history and second in Big 12 history, while her rebounding total ranks fourth and her point total ranks 19th.
In her career, Lehning set the school and Big 12 record for career triple-doubles (5) and triple-doubles in a season (3). Following her final season in a Wildcat uniform, Lehning became the fifth women's basketball player in school history to have her jersey retired. She was also selected by the Atlanta Dream in the second round of the 2009 WNBA Draft.
K-State, Big 12 Conference and NCAA career three-point leader Koehn, then a freshman, led the nation in three-point field goals made (122), while former Wildcat Kristin Rethman was third in three-point field goal percentage (47.6). Ethridge's corps also set the school team season records for three-pointers (262), three-point attempts (637) and three-point percentage.
Since her arrival, the Wildcats have had three players, including Koehn, ranked among the best in the country in three-point shooting. During her senior campaign in 2004-05, Koehn broke the NCAA record for career three-pointers made with 392. She finished the season ranked third nationally in three-point field goals per game (3.1 avg). In all, three out of the top 5 Big 12 all-time three-point specialists hail from K-State. Former all-time leading three-point shooter Kim Woodlee (1997-01) still ranks third all-time in the Big 12 Conference and second behind Koehn at K-State. During her career she ranked among the nation's top 40 in 2000, 15th in 1999 and second in the country among all freshmen in 1998. Rethman was 24th in 2001, among the nation's top 40 in 2000 and 30th as a rookie. Koehn was fifth in three-point field goals per game (3.2 avg) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (43.5) in 2004.
With the help of Ethridge, K-State has made nine postseason appearances in 12 years, captured the 2006 Postseason WNIT Championship, to mark its first postseason championship title in school history, won a Preseason WNIT Championship in 2002-03, became the highest debuting team in the Associated Press Poll, received its highest (No. 2) and first-ever ranking in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll and had record-breaking attendance marks. In 2003-04, Ethridge helped lead the Wildcats to their first Big 12 Conference title and highest-ever seed in the NCAA Tournament (No. 2). Last season, K-State made a school-record sixth consecutive appearance in the Postseason Tournament.
Ethridge has been instrumental in the Wildcats' success on the conference level. K-State reached the Big 12 Tournament semifinals in 2001-02 and the finals in 1997-98, marking the program's first trip to a conference tournament title game since 1990. The Wildcats advanced to their second conference tournament title tilt in 2004-05. During a eight-year stretch, K-State dominated the Big 12 regular season, finishing with an outright title in 2007-08 (13-3) finishing tied for first (14-2) in 2003-04, tied for second (14-2) in 2002-03, tied for third (12-4) in 2004-05, and third (11-5) in 2001-02.
In addition to her tireless work at K-State, Ethridge served a four-year term on the USA Basketball Women's Player Selection Committee, which is responsible for the selection of numerous teams, including the World University Games, Pan American Games and Jones Cup teams. In the summer of 1999, she was invited to lead a point guard camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., for current, past and prospective USA Basketball talent.
She began her coaching career in 1987 as a student assistant at her alma mater Texas. In 1988, she played professionally in Italy and then returned in 1989 to accept a graduate assistant position at Northern Illinois. She became a full-time assistant in 1990 and joined the Vanderbilt staff in 1992. In her five years at Vanderbilt, Ethridge was an integral part of landing five high school Kodak All-Americans and 13 Gatorade State Players of the Year.
Throughout her career, Ethridge has assisted in one NCAA Final Four, two Elite Eights and three Sweet Sixteen appearances. When Ethridge joined the Vanderbilt staff in 1991, she helped the Commodores to their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance in school history and an overall winning percentage of .785 over five years.
Ethridge has served as a position coach for several high-caliber players. She coached Vanderbilt's perimeter players, including Kodak All-American Sheri Sam, and helped develop players such as Julie Powell, the nation's leading three-point shooter in 1993.
Championship credentials followed Ethridge to K-State. The University of Texas graduate led the Longhorns to the 1986 national title game, where she garnered Most Valuable Player honors. A team captain, Ethridge and the Longhorns put together a 34-0 record that season, the first perfect season in NCAA Division I history.
During her playing career at Texas, Ethridge and the Longhorns won the 1986 national championship and made two NCAA Elite Eight appearances and one trip to the Sweet Sixteen. She received just about every national award possible. A two-time Kodak All-American, Ethridge was honored with the Wade Trophy and the Honda Broderick Cup, awarded to the top female student-athlete in the country each year. The final jewel in her awards crown was the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Player of the Year Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior collegian under 5-foot-6 in height.
Ethridge continued her basketball successes following her collegiate career. She saw considerable action on the international level. The pinnacle of her extensive USA Basketball experience came as a member of the U.S. gold medal-winning Olympic squad at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. In addition, Ethridge won gold medals for Team USA at the 1986 Goodwill Games, 1986 World Championships and the 1987 Pan American Games.
As a prep star at Monterey High School in Lubbock, Ethridge was named the Player of the Year in the state of Texas, an honor later bestowed upon Texas Tech great Sheryl Swoopes.