DURHAM, N.H. - Sue Johnson, head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, announced Thursday that Leslie Cooper will join her staff as an assistant coach effective in early July. Cooper fills the vacancy created by the departure of Kerry Poliquin, a five-year assistant coach at UNH.
"I am very excited that Leslie will be joining our staff," Johnson said. "She brings a wealth of knowledge to the position based on her experiences at Georgia State and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I am confident that she will be an outstanding addition to the program."
Cooper has served as an assistant coach at University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) since August 1998. Last year, she helped guide the LadyMocs to the Southern Conference championship. The team advanced to the WNIT, where it recorded a victory against Alabama before losing to Georgia Tech, and finished the season with a 26-5 overall record.
Cooper's responsibilities at UT-Chattanooga included recruiting, guard development, scouting and service as the academic and career development coordinator. She held similar responsibilities at Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, Ga.) from Sept. 1996 to June 1998.
Cooper played one year of college basketball at Georgia State University before her career ended prematurely due to a knee injury. She remained with the program, however, by serving as a student assistant coach from 1990-93.
Cooper earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in decision science (March 1993) at Georgia State University and went on to earn a Master of Science in human resource development (June 1996) at that institution.
Cooper joins a UNH program that had a 13-15 overall record in the 1999-2000 season. One year earlier, the Wildcats registered 19 victories and earned their first postseason invitation by competing in the WNIT.