Women's basketball coaching search nearing completion

Published: Apr. 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2012 at 2:54 AM EDT
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Jimmy Garrity (Source: UNCW Sports Information)
Jimmy Garrity (Source: UNCW Sports Information)
Adell Harris (Source: Tusculum College)
Adell Harris (Source: Tusculum College)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The next women's basketball coach at UNCW is expected to be approved during a Board of Trustees Executive Committee conference call on Wednesday at which time "the negotiation of the amount of compensation or other terms of an employment contract" will be discussed.

Current UNCW interim head coach Jimmy Garrity and Tusculum College head coach Adell Harris are the finalists for the position.

Garrity interviewed for the vacancy on Friday of last week. According to sources, Harris also interviewed for the position. Calls to Harris to confirm the meeting have not been returned.

Maryland associate head coach Tina Langley also interviewed for the position, but according to Maryland Assistant Media Relations Director Rose DiPaula, "she is no longer a candidate for the position." Just last week Langley reportedly turned down the head coaching vacancy at Florida Atlantic University as well.

Garrity took over as interim head coach after Cynthia Cooper-Dyke stepped down on April 10. The Cary, NC native was elevated to assistant coach at the start of the 2007-08 season after spending the previous season as the teams director of basketball operations. He also spent four seasons on the men's staff under Brad Brownell after leaving the post as assistant director of the Seahawk club (2001).

Garrity's wife, Jenny, is the head coach of the UNCW women's tennis team.

As the head coach at Tusculum College, Harris owns a 78-41 overall record over four seasons, leading Tusculum to back-to-back South Atlantic Conference championships (2010, 11) and three trips to the NCAA Division II tournament.

During her first year with the Pioneers, she led the team to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. Harris also led the Pioneers to their first-ever postseason ranking, ending the season as the ninth-ranked team in the final USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll.

Prior to taking over at Tusculum, Harris spent time at UNC-Asheville, where she was associate head coach during her final two seasons.

The High Point, NC native played collegiately at Wake Forest, where she graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology.

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