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Former Georgetown coach to lead University of Delaware women [video]

 Former Georgetown head coach Natasha Adair was announced Monday as the new University of Delaware women's coach. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Former Georgetown head coach Natasha Adair was announced Monday as the new University of Delaware women's coach. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Natasha Adair was introduced on campus as head coach of the Blue Hen women’s basketball team Monday, replacing longtime coach Tina Martin.

Adair will take over the reigns of the UD women’s basketball program that had been led by Martin for the past 21 years. “I would be remiss if I did not recognize the accomplishments of coach Tina Martin. She built the foundation of a winning tradition here,” Adair said Monday morning after she was introduced during in Newark. The University announced Martin’s retirement from the school at the end of April. 

Now, little more than two weeks later, Adair is in place as the head coach. She credits first year Athletic Director Chrissy Rawak’s aggressiveness with drawing her to UD. “She’s relentless in her pursuit for excellence for everyone,” Adair said. “There is no substitute for the work that it’s going to require to [reach new heights].” 

During her time at Georgetown University, Adair turned a four-win team into a postseason contender within three seasons. Last season, the Hoyas finished with a 17-13 record, the most wins for the program since 2011-12. The team also earned its second consecutive trip to the Postseason WNIT.

“I can’t wait to sit down with the players and listen to what your concerns are, what you want and why you fell in love with Delaware women’s basketball,” Adair said. “I want to continue making the Bob Carpenter Center the toughest place to play in the CAA.” 

Adair was asked why she would leave Georgetown University to coach a team in different league. Her response was a simpleat the press conference.

“We may be in a conference that’s considered mid major but this is a program that has been on the national scene and so the foundation is right and the leadership in my opinion is right,” Adair said.

University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis is certainly optimistic about the Adair and already looking forward to her leadership.

“I really believe we have an opportunity in our women’s basketball program to win championships. We do aspire to be playing in the NCAA, that’s an appropriate place and I think we can do it,” Pres. Assanis said.

 

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