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Ashley Earley, a former Vanderbilt star who graduated in 2005, joined head coach Melanie Balcomb's staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2013. Earley works with the VU post players and contributes significantly to recruiting.
In her first season on the VU bench, she played a key role in the development of the Commodores' frontcourt players, and her efforts helped Vanderbilt earn an NCAA tournament berth for the 15th consecutive season.
After being drafted by the WNBA's Indiana Fever, Earley played professionally for the Maccabi Tel Kabir in the Safsal Israeli League. She embarked upon a career in coaching following her playing career, first as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama. From Tuscaloosa, she went on to spend two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech before spending one season on the staff at the University of Rhode Island.
Earley then moved to Marquette in 2010, helping the Golden Eagles to the second round NCAA Tournament and a 24-9 mark. She was in Milwaukee for one more season before moving to Virginia in April 2012.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Earley was an outstanding prep player who was the 2001 Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year. She was also named High School All-America by Parade, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and USA Today for her senior season at Briarcrest High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt, while also earning a master's in marketing from the University of Alabama in 2007.
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