Cooper-Dyke to be new women’s coach at Texas Southern
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke stepped down Tuesday as women’s basketball coach at North Carolina-Wilmington and is expected to accept the same position at Texas Southern.
TSU will likely make the hiring official Friday.
“We appreciate everything Cynthia has done for the program and wish her the very best as she returns home,” said Jimmy Bass, UNC-Wilmington’s director of athletics in a release on the school’s website. “She coached our teams to over 40 wins in two seasons and a pair of post-season berths. I’m sure she will continue that legacy of success in Houston.”
Cooper-Dyke, a basketball hall of famer and former WNBA star with the Houston Comets, leaves UNC-Wilmington after leading the Seahawks to two WNIT appearances in two seasons. Before that, she led Prairie View A&M to an 86-72 record and four postseason appearances, including the program’s first two NCAA Tournament bids, from 2006-10.
“Cynthia is our sole finalist,” said TSU athletic director Charles McClelland, who hired Cooper-Dyke in 2006 when he was athletic director at Prairie View. “Upon final approval, Cynthia will be our next head coach at Texas Southern University.”
TSU finished 5-26 in 2011-12 under coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton, who resigned April 6.