Glanmire women’s basketball club have signed former GB and WNBA star Andrea Congreaves as their new SuperLeague coach for the 2012/2013 season.
Congreaves has had a glittering career that has seen her play for some of Europe’s powerhouse clubs, including Barcelona, Spain, Como, Italy and Bourges, France.
She has also been involved in a number of Euro League campaigns, reaching the Final Four on three occasions.
Andrea was the first British women to be drafted to the WNBA where she had stints with Charlotte Sting and Orlando Miracle. Again individual honours followed and she was named the Eastern Conference Shooting Champion in 1997.
Before Congreaves’ career went global, she played for Crystal Palace, Brixton and London YMCA, where she was spotted by Mercer University, in Georgia, USA.
To say she had a stellar college career would probably be understating her achievements. When her university uniform was ‘retired’ at the end of her four years Andrea’s achievements were:
New South West Athletic Conference MVP 1990-93
Naismith Award Winner for the State of Georgia 1990-93
Equalled Mercer University Single Game Points Record (51 points)
Leading Scorer in the Nation 1991-93
Single Season Points Leader 1000+ 1992-93
Kodak All-American Second Team 1991-92
Kodak All-American First Team 1992-93
Third All-Time Point scorer in NCAA History (1993)
Top Ten All-Time Rebounder in NCAA History (1993)
When she finally returned to play in England after 16 years abroad, she helped Rhondda Rebels win two National Cups and two League Titles, as player/coach.
Andrea has also coached in Barking Abbey, London and with Nottingham Wildcats and has had huge involvement with the English underage teams throughout the last number of years.
There is no doubt that Andrea has had a remarkable playing career and has a depth of experience and Glanmire considers themselves honoured to have signed a coach of her calibre. She is extremely enthusiastic about her new position and is determined to bring the club back to winning more national titles and developing our underage players.