Steve Curtis Selected to Lead Ladies Basketball Program
Saturday, April 22, 2006




Steve Curtis

SHREVEPORT—Centenary Director of Athletics Taylor Moore has announced the hiring of Steve Curtis as the next head coach of the Ladies’ basketball program. Curtis becomes the fourth head women’s basketball coach since the program was revived in 1999 at the Division I level after a 17-year absence. Curtis replaces Elizabeth Wamsley who resigned from her position at the end of March.

 

“Steve has great credentials and really has an enthusiasm for the program,” said Moore. “We feel that he can elevate this program and his hiring shows our commitment to providing our women’s basketball student-athletes with the tools necessary to be successful as the sport continues to evolve on our campus.”

 

Curtis brings a wealth of high-level experience to his new post at Centenary as he has served as an assistant coach at two Southeastern Conference institutions and two Big 12 schools for a total of 16 years. His stops include Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas A&M and most recently Mississippi State, where he has spent the last three seasons as the top assistant. Over his entire coaching career, Curtis’ teams have compiled an overall record of 309 wins and 224 losses. He also spent a season as the head coach at Clarke College.

 

All total, Curtis has helped take his teams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet 16 bids, two Elite Eight showings, and an SEC Championship. He has coached over 25 players who went on to play professionally, including three first round draft picks (Tan White, Indiana Fever, WNBA-2005; Nicole Kubik, L.A. Sparks, WNBA-2000; Sharon Thompson, San Jose Lasers, ABL-1998).

 

“I’ve been in great situations as an assistant coach, but it was time to slide over and start making decisions rather than just making suggestions,” stated Curtis. “The Centenary community and the Shreveport-Bossier area are a great place to live and a great place to raise a family.”

 

Curtis inherits a Centenary program that finished 3-24 in the 2005-06 campaign. The Ladies finished ninth in the Mid-Continent Conference and did not qualify for the conference tournament.

 

The new leader of the Ladies is optimistic about the impact he will have on the program and the time frame within which he expects the team will be successful.

 

“I’m excited about the potential of Centenary and I believe that we can find the players to make us a winner,” said Curtis. “I know this program doesn’t have the greatest past, but I don’t care about what’s gone on before. All I care about is building Centenary into a Mid-Continent Conference champion.”

 

Curtis is expected to arrive in Shreveport to assume his new duties on Tuesday and a formal press conference and reception will take place on Wednesday afternoon. Members of the general public are invited to attend and meet the Ladies’ new leader.

 

 

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Transaction—Centenary College names Steve Curtis head women’s basketball coach.