Arizona State hires Adair as next women’s basketball coach

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State has hired Natasha Adair as its next women’s basketball coach.

The school announced Sunday that the former Delaware coach will replace Charli Turner Thorne, who retired earlier this month after 25 years at the helm of the Sun Devils.

“For nearly three decades, I have had the honor and privilege of coaching and developing student-athletes and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to do so here at ASU and in the Pac- 12,” Adair said in a statement. “From the moment I walked onto campus, I knew this was the place for me to build and grow our women’s basketball program into a national powerhouse.”

A former South Florida player, Adair spent the past five seasons at Delaware, where she went 95-58 with 20-game winning streaks. She was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Hens to the WNIT semifinals and leading the program to its first NCAA tournament in nearly a decade this season.

Adair spent the previous three seasons at Georgetown, leading the Hoyas to back-to-back WNIT appearances after resuming a program that won four games the year prior to his arrival. She went 35-31 in two seasons at the College of Charleston after spending 14 seasons as an assistant at Wake Forest and Georgetown.

“Charli’s retirement leaves a 25-year legacy, and in searching for the next leader in women’s basketball Sun Devil, we wanted a coach who could build a longstanding culture of success in honoring the past while establishing his own unique identity to drive the program forward,” said Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson. “We are thrilled to have found that person in Natasha and look forward to the next era of Sun Devil women’s basketball. “

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