ORONO – In her own words, Edniesha Curry classified her hiring within the Maine men’s basketball program as a way of “shocking the world.” But when one takes a look at her accolades, what is in reality a groundbreaking move at the University of Maine should come to little surprise.
Four years in the WNBA. International playing experience. A tenure in the NBA’s Assistant Coaches Program. Time on the sidelines at UMaine with the women’s basketball program. If it’s possible for Curry to tackle, chances are, she already has. And now she’s set to tackle another endeavor.
New Maine men’s basketball head coach Richard Barron named Curry a member of his assistant coaching staff, and introduced her alongside the rest of his team Monday. Curry now becomes the only woman in Division I to be an assistant coach on a men’s team, something she is embracing.
“I’m in a position where people are inspired by me,” Curry said Monday. “And women and young girls do have someone to look up to. I’m so honored that I’ve been the one chosen this year.”
Other members of the staff credited her coaching abilities, and believed she will be a seamless fit in the program.
“X’s and O’s wise, she may be the smartest one up here,” new director of basketball operations Jason Coleman said.
So now, as the offseason begins to get rolling, Curry doesn’t feel like it will be an issue meshing with the program. Instead, she’s ready to go.
“There’s no chip,” she said. :I’m just ready to rock and roll like everyone else.”