Myrtle Graduate Returning to Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Staff
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OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI/Ole Miss Athletics) – Rebel nation will welcome back one of the finest to wear an Ole Miss women’s basketball uniform as head coach Matt Insell announced Armintie Price Herrington will join the Ole Miss women’s basketball staff as Coordinator of Player Engagement.
Herrington, who retired from the WNBA in 2015, will be serving her second stint as an Ole Miss women’s basketball staffer as she was an assistant coach from 2009-12.
“It’s always special when you have one of your own come back home and work in the program that she helped make so special,” said Insell. “Armintie is someone that I have become really close with over the last three years and someone I have much respect for as a person. Her accomplishments speak for themselves and to have someone that has accomplished so much as an athlete in our program working with our student athletes each day is a huge bonus for our program.”
Herrington is one of the most decorated players in Ole Miss women’s basketball history. Herrington was an All-American, three-time first team All-SEC honoree and a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year selection. Herrington, who was Price during her playing days, was also the 2003-04 SEC Freshman of the Year. She was lightly recruited out of high school in Myrtle, Mississippi, but her name is etched in the Ole Miss and SEC record books, as she is one of just three players to score over 2000 points in her Ole Miss career. She still holds the SEC record for steals in a game with 12 against Illinois in 2006-07 and the SEC record for free throw attempts in a season (301) in 2006-07 and career free throws with 932 throughout her career. Herrington still holds nine Ole Miss women’s basketball records.
“Armintie has done what a lot of our present and future student-athletes dream of doing and she is going to be a great mentor to each of them,” said Insell. “I am very confident in saying we have one of the best staffs in the country and we are all committed to bringing SEC and national championships to Ole Miss women’s basketball.”
Following her Ole Miss career, Herrington was the No. 3 pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft and was selected by the Chicago Sky. She went on to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 7.9 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds per game in her first season in the league. Herrington spent three years with the Sky before spending five years with the Atlanta Dream where she twice earned a spot on the All-WNBA Defensive team and led the Dream to the WNBA Finals three times. After a stint with the Los Angeles Sparks, where her former collegiate coach and former Ole Miss women’s basketball player, Carol Ross, coached her, Herrington played her final WNBA season in 2015 with the Washington Mystics
Herrington will help in the day-to-day running of the program along with mentoring of student athletes and serving as academic and alumni liaison. She will also be responsible for on-campus recruiting and student-athlete development.
The Rebels will next hit the hardwood in August when they travel to Costa Rica from Aug. 1-10. Ole Miss will play three exhibition games during its time south of the border and will take on the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Costa Rica.
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