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The Seahawk

NBA season off to a fast start

Evan Edwards | Staff Writer November 26, 2012

 Now that we are a nearly a month into the NBA season, teams are beginning to develop their identities for the year. For some, that is a good thing (Miami, OKC). For others, well, there's always next...

Men’s basketball tops Wofford over Thanksgiving weekend

Mat Batts | Staff Writer November 25, 2012

The UNC Wilmington men's basketball team put an end to its three-game losing streak Saturday, beating Southern Conference foe Wofford 49-37, in game two of the 2012 Nations of Coaches Classic.The Seahawks...

Seahawks prevail in home opener

McLeod Brown | Sports Editor November 14, 2012

The UNCW men's basketball team started out the new season on a winning note Sunday, prevailing over UNC Asheville in a thrilling competition, 67-59.The Seahawks, sporting new gold uniforms with "The Dub"...

Dixon looks to lead Seahawks

Evan Edwards | Staff Writer November 14, 2012

Coming into the season, the UNC Wilmington men's basketball team and Coach Buzz Peterson knew that in big games, down the stretch when they desperately need a bucket, they would be able to get the ball...

The decision: the Keith Rendleman edition

McLeod Brown | Sports Editor November 7, 2012

Put yourself in Keith Rendleman's shoes.You're entering your senior year at the college where you chose to play basketball. Coming off a career year in which you led your team in points and rebounds and...

Men’s basketball cruises to exhibition victory

McLeod Brown | Sports Editor November 5, 2012

The UNC Wilmington men's basketball team started off the new season on a positive note Saturday, taking down NC Wesleyan 90-51 in an exhibition match.The Seahawks never trailed, and with their largest...

UNCW women’s basketball overcomes adversity in exhibition win

McLeod Brown | Sports Editor November 5, 2012

The UNC Wilmington women's basketball team had a rough go of it Saturday but, nonetheless, pulled out a victory in their exhibition opener over UNC Pembroke, 52-38.After numerous key players found themselves...

Five reasons why you should go to UNCW basketball games

Cam Ellis | Assistant Sports Editor October 30, 2012

So if you didn't know, our basketball team had a rough offseason.Though using the word rough doesn't quite do it justice. Saying that UNCW had a "rough" offseason is like saying that Oprah is "kind of"...

Men’s basketball embraces underdog role for upcoming season

McLeod Brown | Sports Editor October 30, 2012

The UNC Wilmington men's basketball team had a long, tumultuous offseason.The dominos started to fall when the team was banned from postseason play for the 2012-2013 season due to low Academic Progress...

New faces, same goal for women’s basketball squad

Tyler Franceschini | Staff Writer October 30, 2012

Adell Harris, the recently hired head coach of the UNC Wilmington women's basketball team, might be a new start for the Lady Seahawks, but she's still shooting for the stars.   "We want to be champions,"...

Tyree Graham looks to wrap up winding career at UNCW

Evan Edwards | Contributing Writer October 23, 2012

When it comes to playing basketball, Tyree Graham has been doing it for as long as he can remember."When I was about two years old, my dad brought a basketball in my crib," Graham said. "Ever since then...

Adell Harris fills void of women’s basketball coach

McLeod Brown | Staff Writer May 6, 2012

The vacancy left by Cynthia Cooper-Dyke as the UNCW women's head basketball coach did not take long to fill, as the university announced this past Thursday that Adell Harris has been appointed as the 10th head coach in program history.

Harris hails from Division II Tusculum College, where she led the Pioneers to three consecutive NCAA tournaments, leaving the school with a record of 61-30 and 35-17 in the South Atlantic Conference.

"I'm extremely excited and fortunate to have this opportunity to lead the UNCW program," said Harris in a news conference. "I want to build on what's already here, and I think we can keep moving the program in a positive direction."

Harris has ties in North Carolina, playing collegiately at Wake Forest before entering coaching. Additionally, before she took over as the head coach at Tusculum, she spent six seasons as an assistant at UNC-Asheville.

As she begins her tenure at UNCW, the pressure will be on Harris to continue the Seahawks' recent run of success. Cynthia Cooper-Dyke left the program this offseason after leading the team to its two most successful seasons in program history. Both years under Cooper-Dyke, the team advanced to the NIT tournament and won 20-plus games.

She enters her new job with high expectations from both, fans and the administration, but also her own players.

The decision to name Harris as head coach came under heavy scrutiny from current players on the squad, who were instead in support of assistant Jimmy Garrity taking over the reins of the program. The push for Garrity went so far that there was a Twitter hashtag, "teamgarrity", promoting him taking the position.

Nevertheless, Harris is the one taking over a team that loses only one player from last year's 20-13 squad. Taking control of a program on the rise, the bar is high for Harris to vault the Seahawks into the top level of the CAA.

"We want to stay focused on the vision for the program," said Harris in a news conference. "We want to be in the top half of the conference, compete for the CAA championship and compete for postseason play."

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