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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

FSU Hires New Girls Basketball Coach - Former All-American and WNBA Star

Florida State hires Wyckoff as assistant

Original Story by Brandon Mellor - FSU

Ten years after leaving the Florida State women's basketball program as a standout guard, Brooke Wyckoff will return as an assistant coach.

FSU women's basketball coach Sue Semrau announced Tuesday that Wyckoff will replace Cori Close, who accepted the head coaching job at UCLA in April.

"Brooke has been associated with every aspect of women's basketball," Semrau said in a news release. "As a player she excelled at every level from college to USA Basketball to the WNBA. As a coach, she has proven to be a strong teacher and has a passion for the defensive end of the floor. Brooke Wyckoff is a rising star in the coaching world."

Wyckoff's 1,350 career points is 10th-most in school history and her 804 rebounds are sixth. She ranks No. 2 at FSU in career blocks with 209. She was the cornerstone of the Seminoles' 19-12 season in 2001, a year that culminated with FSU's first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 10 years. Wyckoff earned All-America honors that year, the first national accolade for an FSU women's basketball player since 1993.

Wyckoff also played with the USA Women's Basketball Select Team for three consecutive summers.

Following her senior year, Wyckoff was selected by the Orlando Miracle in the second round of the WNBA Draft. She spent two seasons in Orlando before the team moved to Connecticut where she played another three seasons with the Sun.

She was then selected by the Chicago Sky in the 2006 WNBA Expansion draft and played for that franchise until 2009.

"I am thrilled to be back with the Florida State University women's basketball program," Wyckoff said in a news release. "My experience here as a player was the springboard for so many wonderful opportunities over the last 10 years and it is an honor to come full circle and take the next step in my basketball career — this time as a coach. I am joining a spectacular group of student-athletes, coaches and administrators that have worked tirelessly to make FSU a top program and I am excited to work alongside them in their quest for a national championship."

Since concluding her professional basketball career, Wyckoff has served as an assistant girls basketball coach at Lakota East High School in Cincinnati.

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