Houston Women's Basketball Adds New Assistant Coach

HOUSTON (Sept. 11) -- University of Houston women's basketball head coach Joe Curl announced today that Todd Buchanan has joined the Lady Cougars as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. His responsibilities will include heading the recruiting process as well as compliance, fund-raising and both game and practice preparation.

Buchanan comes to Houston from East Carolina University, where he had been the assistant women's basketball coach since June 1998. While at East Carolina, he was responsible for all aspects of recruiting, including budget preparation, management and organization of official visits by prospective students. In addition, Buchanan coordinated defensive strategy and philosophy, guard and post player development and headed the daily operations of the basketball office.

Prior to East Carolina, Buchanan began his collegiate coaching career with Murray State as an assistant women's coach from August 1992 to June 1995. From there he spent a year at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and helped assemble the twenty-second best recruiting class in the country. He landed his first head coaching position for the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, in 1996, and for the two seasons he and his staff signed one of the top ten best recruiting classes in the country in Division II Women's Basketball. Overall, he has recruited and coached eight NJCAA All-Americans along with six NCAA academic All-Americans.

"We feel very fortunate to bring in a coach of Todd's caliber into our program," Curl said. "He will be a great asset not only on the court with his outstanding work ethic and passion for basketball, but also off the court as he brings a wealth of recruiting experience to our basketball program."

Buchanan also has five years experience coaching at the high school level as an assistant boy's varsity coach and head freshman coach. He played basketball for Murray State in 1986-87 before taking his first coaching job at Calloway County Middle and High School at the age of 20 the following year. He also coached at Lyon County High School and Murray High School while earning his degree from Murray State.

During his seven-year coaching career, including five high school seasons and two at the collegiate level, he amassed an overall record of 133-71.

Buchanan, a native of Canyon, Texas, earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in physical education and a minor in health education from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, in 1995.



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