In only her second season (2016-17) at Rice, Tina Langley helped guide the Owls to a WBI Championship (the school’s first postseason title) and 22 victories, the second-most in a single season on South Main. The Owls improved by 13 wins from her first to second season, one of the top increments in the nation.
Rice led all of Conference USA in total assists (558) and total rebounds (1,308) while setting a Rice single-season record in made three-pointers (242). In addition the Owls ranked second in C-USA in assists per game (15.9), field goal percentage (.444), made three-pointers (242) and free throw attempts (626).
The Owls set a school record with 13 home victories in the 2016-17 season and the team’s 9-2 start was the best by a Rice squad since the 1988-89 season. Langley, who helped develop Maryland into a Final Four program, was named the fifth head coach in Rice University women’s basketball history on April 15, 2015. In her first season at Rice (2015-16) the Alabama native guided the Owls to the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2012.
Rice University head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley announced the hiring of assistant coach Winston Gandy on May 19, 2017. Gandy spent the prior three years serving as the Coordinator of Player Development for the Washington Wizards.
“Winston Gandy is one of the premier player development coaches in the nation,” Langley said. “In the NBA he worked with the best players in the world, and throughout his career he’s had the opportunity to scout and learn from the most elite coaches in our profession. Winston brings a vast amount of knowledge, an incredible work ethic, and he has impeccable character. Winston will be a star in the women’s game, and is someone I trust and admire immensely.”
Gandy joined the Wizards in 2014 and was responsible for player development and talent evaluation. Other responsibilities included video analysis, digital preparation of opponents, developing game plans and organizing and running pre-draft workouts. During Gandy’s tenure with the Wizards, he worked with the likes of four-time All-Star John Wall, growing superstar Bradley Beal, while advancing to the Eastern Conference Semis three times.
Rice University head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley announced the hiring of assistant coach Lee Aduddell on May 9, 2017.
Aduddell joins the Owls after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she served as the recruiting coordinator, oversaw the development of Omaha’s perimeter players, scout and film prep, and organized elite camp coordination.
“Lee Aduddell is one of the best young coaches in women’s basketball,” said Langley. “Throughout her playing and coaching career, Lee has paved her way with great work ethic and character. She has learned from some of the most respected coaches in our profession and brings a wealth of knowledge in recruiting, scouting, and player development. Her passion for the game and for mentoring young women is what makes her such a great fit for our program.”
Rice University head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley announced the hiring of assistant coach Latara King on June 12, 2018. King joins Rice after spending the last year as an assistant coach at Boston College where she also served as the recruiting coordinator.
Prior to Boston College, King coached two years at Monmouth as an assistant. In her first season with the Hawks, Monmouth won six of its final seven league games to finish fourth in the MAAC. She helped recruit and coach three all-conference selections, a member of the all-freshman team, one all-defensive team selection, and three members of the All-MAAC Academic Team.
King began her coaching career at Florida Memorial University in 2010 where she served as an assistant coach before becoming a graduate assistant at Florida State from 2013-15. While with the Seminoles, King assisted the team to two 20-win seasons, and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite 8 in 2014-15.
A native of Coral Springs, Florida, King was a three-year starter for Florida Memorial (2005-09) and served as a captain her junior and senior years. In the 2008-09 season, King guided the Lady Lions to their most successful season in eight years. Her senior year was highlighted by winning the Sun Conference and making an appearance at the Division II National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. King graduated from Florida Memorial University in the spring of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is also a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).