Shereka Wright, former collegiate standout at Purdue and member of the WNBA, enters her second season at Alabama as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Wright works primarily with the guards and also assists with scouting.
In her first season in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide had several notables including the most Southeastern Conference wins since the 2001-02 season with seven, as well as its highest seed in the conference tournament since 1999. Alabama collected its first win in Lexington against Kentucky since 2002, its first against Georgia since 2004, snapping a 23-game losing streak to the Lady Bulldogs, and the first in program history at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym.
Wright began her coaching career at Texas Tech and was responsible for the perimeter players, recruiting, scouting, academics and equipment. She spent seven seasons in Lubbock with head coach Kristy Curry, helping the Lady Raiders advance to the postseason five times and win 20 or more games in her final three seasons at Tech.
Prior to coaching, she spent two seasons in the WNBA, averaging 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds for the Phoenix Mercury, but missed all of the 2006 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during training camp.
Wright was selected as the 13th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock after a stellar collegiate playing career under Kristy Curry at Purdue. She was the third player in program history to be named to the All-Big Ten First Team on three occasions and was also honorable mention Kodak All-America as well as a finalist for the Wade Trophy, Naismith Award and Wooden Award. As a freshman in 2001, Wright was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
Throughout her four-year career, the Boilermakers appeared in four NCAA tournaments, advancing to the national championship game in 2001, the Elite Eight in 2003 and the Sweet 16 in 2004, and won two Big Ten regular season titles (2001, 02) and a pair of Big Ten Tournament crowns (2003, 04).
Wright graduated from Purdue in 2004 with a degree in health and fitness.