Paradise named Andrew's new women's basketball coach
Posted: Aug 10, 2012
CUTHBERT — Andrew College Athletic
Director Edith Smith announced the hiring of Samantha Paradise as
the Lady Tigers’ new women’s head basketball coach.
Paradise comes to Andrew
College from Auburn University at Montgomery, where she served as
an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. She
worked specifically with the guards, assisted in scouting and
recruiting and was responsible for the team’s strength and
Paradise takes over the
team after longtime coach Mike Riffe — who was the catalyst
for restarting of the women’s program six years ago —
was fired earlier this year as both head coach and A.D. following a
10-20 season, including an 0-18 conference record and 15-game
losing streak to close out the year.
Prior to her time at AUM,
Paradise spent a year as an assistant coach at Barry University in
Miami, Fla. During her year with the Lady Buccaneers, Paradise was
responsible for a variety of elements within the program.
She helped with monitoring
the academic progress of student-athletes, monitoring the
program’s compliance within the NCAA guidelines, assisting
with the organization and direction of daily practices and the
scouting of opponents. She also assisted with the recruitment of
student-athletes and taught activity courses. Paradise also has
served as a head coach of Episcopal High School in Jacksonville,
Fla., and led an AAU U-15 team for two years.
Paradise played collegiate
ball at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. While at
UWF, she won numerous team awards as defensive and offensive player
of the game. In 2007, she was awarded the “Outstanding
Student Leader” scholarship. At the prep level, Paradise
played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan.,
where she helped her team advance to the 6-A state title game three
consecutive years, winning a state championship in 2001. She was
named to the All-Eastern Kansas League team as both a junior and
Paradise earned her
bachelor’s degree in sport management from the University of
West Florida in 2007 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her
master’s in exercise science from UWF in 2009.