Former Garden City Community College head women’s basketball coach Alaura Sharp was named an assistant to first-year head coach Brooke Stoehr at Louisiana Tech on Thursday.
Sharp coached the Lady Busters from 2009 to 2013, including leading the team to a 29-4 record, the best in program history, in 2013. She coached first team All-American Tamara Jones, who followed her to Southern Mississippi. Sharp also coached Marisela Rodriguez, a former Garden City High School standout, who eventually signed to play Division I at the University of Georgia.
“I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside coach Stoehr,” Sharp said in a news release from Louisiana Tech. “She is a great person with awesome vision and I could not be more excited to join her and the rest of the staff at Louisiana Tech.”
Sharp went 83-46 in four seasons at GCCC, reaching the Region VI semifinals each of her final two years. She was named the Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year following the 2009-2010 season.
Following her stint at GCCC, Sharp became an assistant at Southern Mississippi, where she served for three seasons before accepting the position at Louisiana Tech.
“I am thrilled to welcome Alaura to the Louisiana Tech family,” Stoehr said, according to the release. “I have watched her from afar and have had great respect for how she competes in recruiting and on the court. Alaura has tremendous contacts throughout the country and will be a great asset in heading up our recruiting efforts.
“Her time as a successful head coach will no doubt benefit our staff and program.”
Louisiana Tech is also in Conference USA, alongside Southern Miss, which was 14-16 overall and 7-11 in conference play in 2015-16. Tech, meanwhile, was 14-16 and 9-9.
Stoehr takes over the program after its previous coach, Tyler Summitt — the son of legendary women’s coach Pat Summitt — acknowledged an inappropriate relationship, reportedly with a player.