ATLANTA, Ga. - Clark Atlanta University has named two-time WNBA champion Yolanda Moore as the next head coach for women's basketball. Moore had a standout career at Ole Miss before playing professionally. She has been a head coach on both the Junior College and NCAA Division I levels.
"We are very excited to have Coach Yolanda Moore joining the Panther family'" stated J. Lin Dawson, CAU Athletics Director. "She is the missing ingredient to build champions on and off the court. I am particularly encouraged by the empowerment and motivational skills she brings to women's basketball.
Moore spent one season at LSU Eunice (NJCAA) and led the Lady Bengals to a 26-4 mark - including winning 16 straight - after the prior two seasons totaled just 17 victories. Her lone season saw LSU Eunice register the second-highest win total in program history while also posting the highest winning percentage in 15 seasons.
She moved to Southeastern Louisiana to lead the Lady Lions for two seasons where she won 15 games while developing a trio of All-Southland Conference players. Her time saw SLU improve to 4th in the conference in Defensive Field Goal Percentage from 13th while also moving up to 4th in Offensive Rebounding from 10th. Six Lady Lions received recognition on the Commissioner's Honor Roll in Spring of 2015.
"I am extremely humbled by the opportunity to become part of the family and to work with someone with a vision like Mr. Dawson" declared Moore. "I am very happy to be at a school that puts an emphasis on women's sports and I hope to live up to the high level of support we receive. This is a wonderful fit for me personally and professionally. Clark Atlanta University and the city of Atlanta both have a rich history that I cannot wait to experience. I am excited to be part of the rebuild of the women's basketball program at CAU."
Moore has additional coaching experiences on the AAU and high school levels while her professional playing career saw her take the court in the WNBA, Europe and Asia over six seasons. Her collegiate playing days have earned her entry into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame (2010) where she was a two-time All-SEC performer. In 2012 she was also named a Southeastern Conference Great.
Moore succeeds Vanessa Moore who compiled a 181-243 record in 12 years as head coach. She had seven winning seasons and her teams produced three seasons of 20 or more wins.
Last year's squad finished 10-17.