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NBDL Names Stephanie Ready Assistant Coach of the Greenville Groove
Becomes the First Woman to Coach in Men's Professional Sports

August 15, 2001

NEW YORK, NY and GREENVILLE, SC, - Former Coppin State assistant men's basketball coach Stephanie Ready has been named assistant coach of the Greenville Groove in the National Basketball Development League (NBDL), the NBA's new minor league. Ready will become the first woman to coach in men's professional sports,

"This is a unique and challenging opportunity," said Ready. "Not only am I part of the launch of this new league, but I have the opportunity to help basketball players reach their full potential and develop my coaching skills as a member of the NBA family."

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"Stephanie is a high-potential coach with established credentials from a quality Division I collegiate program who is ready for the next level," said Karl Hicks, Senior Director of Basketball Operations, NBDL.

Ready spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach of the men's basketball program at Coppin State College under Ron "Fang" Mitchell, and was the first and only female full-time recruiting assistant on staff of a men's basketball program in the NCAA Division I.

"I saw something special in her when she was a student-athlete and she's lived up to that as a coach," said Ron "Fang" Mitchell, athletics director and head men's basketball coach at Coppin. "Other people are also beginning to recognize that." "Coach Ready knows the game of basketball, has a proven track record at the collegiate level of helping players develop their skills, and comes highly recommended," said Milton Barnes, head coach of the Greenville Groove.

Ready, 25, was hired as Coppin State College's head women's volleyball coach in 1998 after graduating from the school earlier that same year. She was then hired as the assistant men's basketball coach in 1999.

Ready was a four-year starter on the varsity women's basketball team after walking on as a freshman, and was captain of both the women's basketball and volleyball teams during her senior year. She finished her career ranked among the school's all-time top 10 in points, rebounds, assists and steals before graduating Cum Laude from Coppin State with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Greenville, SC and the BI-LO Center were granted an NBDL team on May 31, 2001. The NBDL named Aaron Jones team president on June 7 and Milton Barnes head coach on June 11. Barnes coached the world-renown Harlem Globetrotters this past season after serving as head coach for four years at Eastern Michigan University (1996-2000) where he led his team to the Mid-American Conference Championship in 1997-98 and earned a berth in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament.

The Greenville Groove will tip off its inaugural season in the NBDL on November 16 live on ESPN2 at 2:00 p.m. ET versus the North Charleston Lowgators, led by Hall of Famer and head coach Alex English.

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