Garcia Rounds Out Coaching Staff with WNBA and PBA Connection
October 11, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Having been the head coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University for only a few months, Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s basketball head coach Clarisse Garcia has announced two additions to her coaching staff in the form of former Vanderbilt University All-American and WNBA player Chantelle Anderson and former Sailfish standout Kristine Webb as assistant coaches for the 2010-2011 season.
Since taking over the helm of the Sailfish program in July, Garcia knew it would be critical to seek out other assistance and appears to have found two experienced and talented individuals in Anderson and Webb.
“I am elated to announce the hiring of Kristine Webb and Chantelle Anderson as assistant coaches for the upcoming season,” said Garcia.
“Both ladies are exceptional young women and great additions to the program. I love their energy, enthusiasm, and vision, which will aid in guiding this program to unseen heights. I am looking forward to working with these outstanding women.”
Anderson is a 2003 graduate of Vanderbilt University where she put together a staggering playing career that featured three seasons as an All-American that culminated in the 6’6” Anderson being chosen #2-overall in the WNBA draft in 2003 by the Sacramento Monarchs.
Having tallied over 2,600 points during her collegiate career as a Lady Commodore, Anderson would go on to play six seasons professionally including stints with three different WNBA squads (Sacramento, San Antonio, and Atlanta) while also playing six seasons overseas in places such as France, Russia, Hungary, Lebanon, and Turkey.
Anderson was enshrined as the youngest member of the Vanderbilt Hall of Fame in 2009 as part of the inaugural class as the women’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer while also slated to have her jersey number retired this upcoming season.
“I am very excited to have Chantelle join the PBA family. As a former WNBA player and Vanderbilt stand-out, Chantelle’s outstanding success both on and off the court will bring another dimension and added depth to this staff and program. Her passion for the game and overall competitive nature are invaluable assets to our program. As a motivator and mentor, Chantelle’s desire to truly inspire young women to achieve greatness is consistent with my vision for the program. Entering her first year as a coach after retiring from the league will be an exciting experience and I know she will excel as a coach, just as she has in her past endeavors,” said Garcia.
With her experience as a player at the collegiate and professional levels, Anderson is expected to contribute a great deal to the Sailfish women’s program. She will be working toward her Master’s degree through Palm Beach Atlantic in Organizational Leadership.
Kristine Webb recently completed her two-year playing career with the Sailfish after transferring from Winthrop University, a NCAA Division I institution in South Carolina. A two-year starting center for the Sailfish, the 6’4” Webb provided strong leadership as well as an inside presence in the paint for PBA.
One of the top rebounders on the team, Webb helped lead the Sailfish to a runner-up finish at the NCCAA National Tournament in 2008-2009, her first season with the team.
A standout student as well, Webb earned her bachelor’s degree from PBA in 2010 with a degree in Marketing while maintaining a firm position on the Dean’s List each of her four semesters in West Palm Beach. Now focused on pursuing a career in a ministry capacity, Webb works at Urban Youth Impact in West Palm Beach.
“It is with great delight that we welcome Kristine back to her alma mater,” continued Garcia.
“As last year’s women’s basketball team captain at Palm Beach Atlantic, Kristine has already proven her exceptional leadership capabilities. Her personality and work ethic will make her a great coach. Kristine’s familiarity with the players and personnel at PBA has already been an integral part in the smooth transition of leadership within this program. I am excited for her as she begins her first season on the sidelines after a great playing career at PBA.”
Although the three new coaches for the PBA women’s basketball program may have varied backgrounds, all should contribute to the cause of developing quality young women on and off the basketball court.