Houston Women's Basketball Adds New Assistant Coach

HOUSTON, Texas - University of Houston women's basketball head coach Joe Curl announced today that DeJuena Carter Chizer, who graduated from the University of Houston in 1990 and played for the Lady Cougars from 1983-87, has joined women's coaching staff as an assistant.

Carter Chizer has spent the past nine years as the head volleyball coach and assistant basketball mentor at Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS) in Port Arthur, Texas. A member of both the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) and the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA), Carter Chizer successfully led the Lady Yellow Jackets into the UIL Playoffs in 1991-93 and 1996-99. She was recognized for her basketball accomplishments in the Museum of the Gulf Coast in 1994 and was honored by the TJHS Yellow jacket Alumni at the Annual Crying Towel Dinner in August, 1994.

Prior to joining TJHS, Carter Chizer spent four seasons playing professional basketball in Europe with Tintoretto in Madrid, Spain from 1988-90, and with Cantanzaroin Italy from 1990-91. She was the second leading scorer for both teams, averaging 17 points per contest for Cantanzaro, and led both teams in assists each season.

In addition, she also played for the Houston Flames, a semi-professional team and part of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), from 1988-91. As the Flames' leading scorer each season, Carter Chizer participated in the Texas AAU All-State in 1990-91 and was subsequently named the AAU Most Valuable Player and leader of both the Flames and the AAU National Championship Team in 1991.

"We feel very fortunate to bring in a coach of DeJuena's caliber into our program," Curl said. "She will be a great asset as she possesses an outstanding work-ethic and a true passion for basketball. In addition, DeJuena was a former Lady Cougar and brings a great deal of Houston tradition and leadership to the table."

During her collegiate career with the Lady Cougars, Carter Chizer was named to the 1986-87 First Team All-Southwest Conference and led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 525 points that season. In addition, Carter Chizer currently ranks on the Lady Cougars' all-time lists in games played (T9th/115), assists (7th/295), assist average (T8th/2.6), steals (7th/190), free throws made (4th/253) and free throw attempts (4th/388).

Carter Chizer, 35, received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology from Houston in 1990 and a provisional all levels physical education certificate in 1991. She and her husband, Derrick Chizer, reside in Port Arthur, Texas, with their two children, Kasei, five, and Kaila, four.



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