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Ashley Earley, a 2005 Vanderbilt graduate, joined Melanie Balcomb's staff in the summer of 2013 and will lead the effort with post players, while also contributing significantly to recruiting.
Earley comes back to Nashville having spent last season as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia.
Earley will help the Commodores continue a sustained level of success that has seen the program reach each of the last 14 NCAA Tournaments. She was a part of that success as a player from 2001-05, helping her teams to the Elite Eight in 2002, the Sweet 16 in 2004 and 2005 and SEC Tournament Championships in 2002 and 2004.
As a senior, she was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection, Kodak All-Region, Associated Press honorable mention All-American and Full Court Press second-team All-American. She paced the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage and offensive rebounds and was a candidate for both the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award. She capped her career with 1,382 points, a total which ranks 18th in program history.
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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