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CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati women’s basketball head coach Michelle Clark-Heard announced the hiring of Bridgette Gordon as an assistant coach.
Gordon, who previously served as operations manager at Kansas State for a year following two as an assistant coach at SMU (2019-21), was one of the most prolific female student-athletes in history. of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball program. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, won an Olympic gold medal in 1988 and is a two-time NCAA national champion.
“I’m so excited to add Bridgette to our Bearcat family,” Heard said. “I’ve known Bridgette from our playing days in college. She’s an absolute winner! Her resume speaks volumes about the impact she’s had in the game, on the court as a player and as a as a coach. I can’t wait to see how she will empower these young girls and help them become the best version of themselves. The staff and I can’t wait to begin this new journey with Bridgette.”
Gordon also joins Myia Johnson and Devrinn Paul like two other Cincinnati freshman assistants.
As a player at Tennessee, Gordon was named NCAA Final Four MVP, SEC Female Athlete of the Year and SEC Senior Player of the Year and was a two-time All-America winner. . She led the Lady Vols to their first two national championships and four consecutive finals. Gordon finished his college career as the all-time leader in points (2,462) and steals (336) and remains second in both categories.
Gordon spent the 2017-19 seasons as an assistant at Tennessee before coming to the Hilltop, helping guide the Lady Vols to 44 wins and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Before returning to Tennessee, she spent seven seasons as an assistant at Wichita State (2010-17), serving as scouting coordinator during her final three seasons. His efforts helped the Shockers land the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history when Blue Star Basketball ranked the 2012-13 signing group 47th nationally.
While at Wichita State, the Shockers won three conference championships, qualified for the program’s first three NCAA tournaments, and made the playoffs five times. The 2014-15 team went 29-5 for the best record during Gordon’s tenure.
She also worked as an assistant at Stetson (2001-06) and Georgia State (2007-10). She signed the nation’s No. 52 class as a scouting coordinator at Georgia State, and in 2006-07 she served as a regional scout for the WNBA.
Gordon won an Olympic gold medal in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. She was fourth in scoring and second on the team with a field goal percentage of 57.1. She played professionally in Italy, where she was an eternal star and won seven Italian championships and two European Cups (1994 and 1996), and in Turkey, before a two-year stint with the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. .