BREAKING: Stinson to lead N-C girls hoops program

Former N.C. State University and WNBA standout Andrea Stinson has been chosen to lead the Newton-Conover girls basketball program.

NCHS athletic director Billy Leeson sent out a press release Tuesday afternooon announcing Stinson's hiring.

Stinson replaces Ike Williams, who stepped down May 14 to take a position as an assistant women's basketball coach at Catawba Valley Community College.

Coming out of North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, Stinson was named the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Female Player of the Year in 1986-87.

In her Wolfpack career, Stinson recorded 2,136 points, 286 steals, 402 assists and 84 blocked shots. She was selected twice as consensus collegiate All-American in 1990 and 1991.

Stinson also earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 1990 for helping lead N.C. State to a conference regular season championship.

After her time at N.C. State, Stinson played overseas in France, Italy and Turkey from 1992 to 2002.

She was named two weeks ago as a member of the N.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame's second-ever class.

Stinson also played in the WNBA in its inaugural season in 1997 for the Charlotte Sting. She remained with the team until 2004, playing in the WNBA Finals against the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2002 season.

She would play in one final WNBA season in 2005 with the Detroit Shock before retiring.

Stinson's No. 32 jersey was the first and only retired by the Sting franchise.

Although her playing career was over, Stinson has spent the past eight years coaching, including stints at James Martin Middle School in Charlotte (2005-07) and Central Cabarrus High School in Concord (2007-09).

Stinson is currently the AAU coach of the North Carolina Spartans Elite 16U girls team and trains personally with girls age 7-18.

Newton-Conover High School will also hold a meeting on Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the school's gym to introduce her the the players and families.

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