Natasha Adair (pronounced AY-dare) has accepted an offer to become the next women’s basketball head coach at the College of Charleston as announced by Director of Athletics Joe Hull on Saturday. A formal press conference to introduce Adair as the seventh all-time head coach in program history is set for Tuesday, March 27 at 3 p.m. (ET) on the main floor of TD Arena. The event will be open to media and the public.
Adair, 39, spent the last eight years as an assistant to women’s basketball head coach Mike Petersen at Wake Forest University. She was promoted to associate head coach in 2007 and helped guide the Demon Deacons to four postseason tournament appearances including the program’s second 20-win campaign (20-14) and a run to the NIT Second Round this past season.
Adair is known as one of the best in the business, not only when it comes to recruiting, but she has shown the ability to develop and mentor some of the top post players in the country.
As the recruiting coordinator for the Deacons, Adair successfully recruited a number of top-rated players in the country and was part of the winningest women’s basketball staff in Wake Forest history coaching the winningest senior class (72 career wins) from 2009-12.
“The College of Charleston is very excited to have Natasha Adair as our next women’s basketball head coach,” Hull said. “Natasha has spent the last eight years at Wake Forest University competing at the highest level in the Atlantic Coast Conference. On a night-in and night-out basis, she has competed against the very finest basketball programs and players in the country.”
Prior to Wake Forest, she served as an assistant coach for six years at Georgetown University. Similar to her position with the Deacons, Adair was primarily responsible for the Georgetown post players. She was instrumental in the development of Georgetown All-American, WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA champion Rebekkah Brunson, who was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Sacramento Monarchs.
In her 14 years combined in the ACC and BIG EAST, she has developed and mentored 12 players who went on to play at the professional level.
A native of Washington, D.C., Adair played two seasons at Pensacola Junior College, before transferring to the University of South Florida under head coach Trudi Lacey, who is now the general manager and head coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. She still holds the school single-season rebounding record and graduated with a degree in communications in 1994.
A former high school All-American and a top recruit in the country with interest from UConn, Syracuse, Georgetown and USF in 1989-90, Adair was inducted into the Albert Einstein High School Hall of Fame in November of 2011. She and her husband, Aaron, are the proud parents of two children, son, Aaron Michael (14), and daughter Allyssa Michelle (6).
“Natasha follows in the footsteps of Nancy Wilson, who was an outstanding coach and teacher to the young ladies of our program for 17 years,” said Hull of the College’s all-time winningest coach, who retired at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season. “We are excited to have Natasha and her family join our Athletics Family.”
NATASHA ADAIR’S COACHING DOSSIER
1998-2004 (Six Seasons) – Assistant Coach, Georgetown
2004-07 (Three Seasons) – Assistant Coach, Wake Forest
2007-2012 (Five Seasons) – Associate Head Coach, Wake Forest