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Entering 2015-16 Season
San Diego native Stacie Terry enters her third year at the helm of the Aztec women's basketball team after she was named the eighth head coach in program history on May 15, 2013.
Despite a 12-19 record and an 8-10 mark in the Mountain West, Terry's squad still showed dramatic improvement on defense last season, finishing second in the conference and 34th nationally in opponent three-point field goal percentage, compared to 2014 when SDSU ranked last in the league and near the bottom of Division I in that statistic.
In addition, the Aztecs were fourth in scoring defense during MW play a year ago, allowing nearly 10 points per game fewer than the previous campaign and topped the conference in rebounding defense for the second straight season.
Under Terry's guidance, forward Erimma Amarikwa capped off her collegiate career with honorable mention all-MW accolades, while guard McKynzie Fort gave SDSU's its second consecutive all-conference freshman honoree.
During her first season on Montezuma Mesa, Terry was saddled with the unenviable task of replacing four senior starters who accounted for nearly 64 percent of the team's scoring offense from the previous year, as well as overcoming the loss of two key players to injuries prior to conference play, Amarikwa, who was a preseason all-MW selection, and starting point guard Ahjalee Harvey.
Despite those obstacles and a demanding schedule featuring nine games against teams that eventually advanced to postseason competition, Terry's squad flashed its resiliency during the 2013-14 campaign, finishing with a 13-17 overall record and a 9-9 ledger in the MW.
With Terry at the controls, the Aztecs led the league in rebounding margin and rebounding defense, while ranking second in field-goal percentage. Individually, Terry also oversaw the progress of senior center Cierra Warren, who became SDSU's eighth first-team all-MW selection in a six-year span, along with the development of guard Ariell Bostick, who earned a spot on the conference's all-freshman team.
Before returning home to "America's Finest City," Terry gained a wealth of experience as an assistant coach at the Division I level for 14 years, including five under head coach Nikki Caldwell, who transformed UCLA into a powerhouse before restoring LSU to national prominence.
During Terry's two seasons at LSU, the Lady Tigers compiled a 45-23 overall record and earned two NCAA tournament bids, including a Sweet 16 appearance during the 2012-13 campaign. During that season, the Lady Tigers also posted six victories against ranked opponents and finished with their second-highest scoring average (69.0) in the last seven years. Under Terry's guidance, forward LaShondra Barrett garnered first-team all-Southeastern Conference accolades and received honorable mention All-America distinction in 2012 before becoming a first-round draft choice of the WNBA's Washington Mystics.
Prior to her appointment at LSU, Terry served as an assistant under Caldwell at UCLA from 2008-11, helping the Bruins gain national acclaim with a pair of NCAA tournament appearances. During Terry's tenure, UCLA posted 72 overall victories, as the 2010-11 squad finished with a 28-5 record, setting a school record for fewest losses in a single season to go with a No. 7 national ranking. In addition, the Bruins signed the fourth-ranked recruiting class that season, according to ESPN HoopGurlz, while Terry helped mentor first-team all-Pac-10 performers in Doreena Campbell, Darxia Morris and Jasmine Dixon, a 2012 honorable mention AP All-America selection, as well as all-conference freshman honorees Atonye Nyingifa and Markel Walker.
Terry spent the 2007-08 campaign at Southern Mississippi, as the Golden Eagles posted a 21-14 record and earned a postseason berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). While at Southern Miss, Terry spearheaded the development and coordination of the Lady Eagle recruiting campaign. Her responsibilities also included working with the perimeter players, scouting opponents and film breakdown, as well as coordinating all of the team's community service events.
Terry also coached for three seasons from 2004-07 as an assistant under Hall of Fame head coach Theresa Grentz at Illinois, where the Fighting Illini had three straight recruiting classes ranked among the top 25 in the nation, according to Blue Star Basketball, and made three consecutive trips to the WNIT. Her primary duties included defensive instruction and working with the perimeter players.
In addition, Terry coached at Dayton during the 2003-04 season following a three-year stint at Louisville from 2000-03. With the Cardinals, Terry's responsibilities encompassed recruiting, scouting, player development, summer camps and serving as a liaison for the program's community service outreach. Louisville captured the Conference USA regular-season title and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2001 before making a WNIT appearance in 2002. She also assisted in signing the nation's 21st-ranked recruiting class in 2002-03, according to All-Star Girls Report. Terry recruited and coached all-Conference USA honoree Lori Nero, a draft choice of the WNBA's Houston Comets, as well as Sara Nord, who finished her collegiate career as the Cardinals' all-time assist leader and ranks among the top 15 scorers in school history.
Terry enjoyed a successful collegiate playing career at the University of Texas at Arlington, winning four varsity letters from 1994-98 under head coach Mike Dean. She earned first-team all-Southland Conference honors after leading the Mavericks in scoring with 17.4 points per game as a senior in 1997-98. Terry scored 1,169 points during her career at UTA and still ranks among the school's top 10 in three-point field goals made (third), assists (sixth), steals (seventh) and free-throw percentage (10th). She is just one of 17 players in Maverick history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau, while her .335 career three-point field-goal percentage is also a school and Southland Conference career record.
Terry played one season of professional basketball in Warsaw, Poland, averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 assists with the Polonia Phoenix, before returning to Texas-Arlington to begin her coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1999.
Terry prepped at El Capitan High and held the Vaqueros' career scoring record for three years following her graduation. She was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2008.
The Terry File
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Terry's Playing Experience
Terry's Previous Coaching Experience
1999-00, Graduate Assistant, Texas-Arlington