Former Crimson Tide captain Ericka Russell returns to her alma mater as Director of Basketball Operations. In this role, she will be responsible for coordinating all travel; serving as the team liaison with equipment, facilities, housing, the business office, event management, marketing, athletics communications and nutrition; coordinating game scheduling and logistics for all official and unofficial visits and serving as the director of summer camps.
Russell, who lettered for the Tide from 2008-12, started in all but 11 games throughout her career and became the 23rd member of Alabama's 1,000 point club on Nov. 12, 2011. The Tuscaloosa native earned MVP honors at the 2011 Paradise Jam after averaging 17.7 points per game, including a season-high 29 against Old Dominion. She finished her career as one of the best three-point shooters in program history, ranking fourth in three-point field goals made (212) as well as three-point field goals attempted (709).
Off the court, Russell has been heavily involved in her hometown Tuscaloosa community. The aftermath of the tornado that rocked Alabama on April 27, 2011, inspired her to do even more. During that summer, Russell spent time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, building houses for people that lost their homes in the storm. She also formed a group called Russell Relief that collected various school supplies and distributed them to local schools that were affected by the tornado.
As part of the women's basketball team, Russell participated every year in the 5th Grade Fastbreak program, which is designed to provide athletically-related educational incentives to local fifth graders. Other areas of service for Russell included an Easter Seals Walk, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Project Angel Tree and Read Across America.
Russell completed her undergraduate degree in three years, earning 2011 Cum Laude honors with her 3.50 GPA in business administration. In her final year of eligibility, she went on to obtain her master's degree in sport management, finishing that final year with a 4.0 GPA.
Russell earned numerous accolades for her academic success throughout the years: SEC Academic Honor Roll (three times), Black Scholar Athlete (three times), Commerce & Business Administration Scholar Athlete and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Russell also was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.