UNC-Wilmington searching for next women’s basketball coach, Adell Harris resigns

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WILMINGTON – UNC-Wilmington is once again searching for a new head basketball coach. Just one week after hiring C.B. McGrath to take over the men’s program following the departure of Kevin Keatts, the Seahawks are now looking for the new leader of its women’s basketball team.

Adell Harris has stepped down from her position as UNCW Women's Basketball Coach. Photo courtesy- UNCW Sports.
Adell Harris has stepped down from her position as UNCW Women’s Basketball Coach. (Photo courtesy of UNCW Sports)

Fifth-year coach Adell Harris resigned on Tuesday in order to pursue other interests, according to Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass. A national search will begin immediately for Harris’ successor.

Harris came to UNCW in the summer of 2012 following a three-year stint at NCAA Division II Tusculum (Tenn.) College. She compiled a 42-112 record in five seasons with the Seahawks.

The stop at UNCW was Harris’ first NCAA Division I Head Coaching job. She took over the program from predecessor Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who guided the Seahawks to an WNIT appearance and 44-22 mark during Cooper-Dyke’s two-year stint.

In Harris’ five seasons UNCW never won more than 14 games and finished last in the CAA three times. She did not record more than five wins in her first two seasons. A lot of that had to do with many roster changes and a limited number of players on the actual roster.

Coming off a 14-16 record in 2014-15, things looked to be on the up and up for Harris with a full roster to work with, but dismissals of two key players from the program once against hampered the team moving into what would be her final season. UNCW went 11-20 overall and 5-13 in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2016-17.