June 28, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's basketball team finalized its coaching staff for the 2012-13 season as Beth Dunkenberger was named assistant coach, Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton announced Thursday.
Dunkenberger - who served as the team's director of basketball operations last year and will join fellow assistants Alan Frey and Doshia Woods on the bench - will assist in all facets of the Green Wave program, including game planning, recruiting and supervising the student-athletes' academic progress. She replaces Shondra Johnson, who left the Green Wave team to pursue interests outside the realm of college athletics.
Last season, Dunkenberger was responsible for coordinating film exchange, overseeing Tulane's student manager staff, serving as the liaison to the equipment operations staff, as well as working with Tulane's game operations staff and managing the Green Wave's travel on road trips. She also helped coordinate the team's special projects with the Tulane campus and New Orleans community.
"Beth is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," Stockton said. "She has a wealth of experience and knowledge that will enhance our program greatly. Our players already have a good connection with Beth which will make the transition easier. We have high expectations for the upcoming season. With the completion of this strong coaching staff we are energized and ready."
Dunkenberger came to Tulane last year following a seven-year stint as head women's basketball coach at Virginia Tech. With the Hokies from 2004-11, she led the team to a combined 110 wins, two trips to the NCAA Tournament and one WNIT berth. Under Dunkenberger's direction, four student-athletes earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and several went on to play professionally, including Kerri Gardin - who became the first player from Virginia Tech to play in the WNBA.
From 2000-04, the Dunkenberger-led Catamounts posted 65 victories. She was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year following the 2002-03 season when Western Carolina tallied 21 wins - the most by the team since moving to the Division I level in 1981 - and advanced to the finals of the SoCon Championship.
While her teams have performed admirably on the court, Dunkerberger's teams stood out in the classroom as well as Virginia Tech featured a trio of Academic All-Americans, 11 Academic All-District honorees, a pair of ACC postgraduate scholarship recipients.
"I'm excited to be back on the court and a part of the Tulane staff," Dunkenberger said. "Coach Stockton has amassed quite a collection of Conference USA championship trophies, and I hope I can help her add to the collection."
Dunkenberger was a standout student-athlete in her own right, lettering in women's basketball at Randolph-Macon College from 1984-88 when she claimed all-conference and Academic All-District recognition. A graduate of Shawsville High School, she graduated cum laude from Randoph-Macon with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1988 and completed her master's degree in education from Virginia Tech in 1990.