May 20, 2010
Air Force appears to have made its choice for a new women’s basketball coach.
A source familiar with the coaching search, who requested anonymity because no official announcement has been made, said the academy has targeted South Florida assistant coach Andrea Williams. According to multiple sources, Williams interviewed this week.
The hire would end a lengthy search, as former coach Ardie McInelly was fired in late March.
Williams has been at South Florida for two seasons and prior to that was an assistant at Jacksonville for four seasons.
She has some experience with military academy athletics, having served as an assistant coach at Navy from 2002-2004. During those two seasons she was Navy’s recruiting coordinator. Williams has been a head coach for two seasons – from 1997 to 1999 at Waynesburg.
According to several sources, the academy initially was interested in Arizona State associate head coach Meg Sanders.
Air Force’s new coach will undertake a significant rebuilding job.
In her nine seasons, McInelly’s teams went 57-201, including 12-124 in Mountain West Conference play. Air Force was 3-27 (0-16) last season and will enter the 2010-11 campaign having lost 37 straight games to MWC opponents. All but four of those 37 games were decided by double digits, and the Falcons lost 23 of them by 20 or more points, including 14 by 30 or more points.
Men’s hoops to hire Long
Air Force’s men’s basketball team plans to fill a vacant assistant coaching position with Drew Long, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Long has spent the past three years at Colorado, first as video coordinator and then last season as an assistant coach.