Vanderbilt hires new women's basketball assistant

Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 4:40pm
Staff reports

Tom Garrick, the head coach at Rhode Island the past five seasons, has joined the Vanderbilt women’s basketball staff as an assistant, Commodores’ coach Melanie Balcomb announced Thursday.

Garrick replaces Lisa Cemignano, who joined the staff at the University of Illinois after three seasons with VU.

“We are very excited to have Tom Garrick joining our staff,” Balcomb said in a statement. “He brings an exceptional wealth of knowledge with him. I know Tom's vast experience -- as both a player and a coach -- will be an invaluable asset to our program.”

A Rhode Island alum who played four years in the NBA, he began his coaching career as a men’s assistant at that school. In 2001, he became an assistant with the women’s program and after six seasons was promoted to women’s head coach.

He was 10-21 in his final season at RIU.


Former Belmont and current Middle Tennessee State women’s basketball star Alysha Clark is one of 25 players named to the preseason Wade Trophy watch list, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced.

Clark led the nation in scoring with 27.5 points per game and was the Sun Belt Conference’s player of the year and newcomer of the year in 2008-09, her first season with MTSU. She earned multiple All-America honors.

“She has proven she is one of the best players in the country on multiple occasions,” coach Rick Insell said in a release. “ … If anyone is deserving of this award, it would be her.”

The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the top women’s college basketball player in the country. Clark is the only player in the state named to the preseason watch list.