MIAMI (July 27, 2012) - FIU Head Coach Cindy Russo has announced the addition of Cristal Randolph as assistant coach to the Panther women's basketball staff for the 2012-13 season.
"We're excited to have Coach Randolph here at FIU," Russo said. "She is from the state of Florida, she knows a lot of people and a lot of people know her. She'll be able to recruit freely, and she is a great fit for our staff. I remember her as a player, and she was a good leader on the floor, as well as a fierce competitor. We're very happy to have her on board."
Randolph comes to FIU from nearby Florida Atlantic University, where she served as an assistant coach with the Owls for two seasons (2010-12). Her duties included assisting in all aspects of recruiting, monitoring academic progress of student-athletes, preparing scouting reports and assisting with practice planning, and conducting individual skill and development workouts.
Prior to her stint at FAU, Randolph spent two seasons (2008-10) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as director of women's basketball operations. Before her time with the Redhawks, she served as admissions recruiter (2007-08) and community outreach coordinator (2008) at FAU.
Randolph enjoyed a four-year playing career at FAU from 2003-07, appearing in every game in the 2005-06 season and leading the Owls to the women's basketball program's first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament berth. For her career, Randolph played in 114 contests, averaging 7.4 points per game, and her 155 career three-pointers rank second all-time in school history.
Randolph graduated from FAU in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in public communications. She also owns a second degree in sociology, as well as a certificate in ethnic studies.
FIU is coming off a 2011-12 season in which the Panthers compiled a record of 23-11 and posted their second-straight, 10-win conference season with a ledger of 10-6. FIU advanced to its second-consecutive SBC Championship semifinal and earned an at-large bid to the Postseason WNIT.
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
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