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NIKKI WEST

ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH • NINTH SEASON

I coach basketball like most others because I enjoy the game, but mostly I love to teach. I enjoy helping others succeed and seeing them prosper, not only in basketball, but also in life. For me, basketball is an outlet that allows me to be me and I love that I can do it everyday. It gives me a chance to encourage and be a positive impact on someone else’s life. West begins her The West File ninth season with the Lady Mocs basketball Birthdate....................................................................... May 6, 1977 program, working Place............................................................. Seneca, South Carolina extensively with the Hometown.................................................... Seneca, South Carolina post players. Moore High School.............................................................................Seneca elevated her status from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach in College....................................................................... Clemson, 2000 the summer of 2010. Degree.............................................. B.S. Early Childhood Education In her time at Chattanooga, the Lady Mocs have won six Southern Spouse................................................................................... Marcus Conference titles, made seven postseason appearances and never Married............................................................................June, 2011 finished outside the top three. Post players Alex Anderson and Shanara Parents................................................. Mack & Shirley Blassingame Hollinquest have each been named the SoCon Player of the Year twice Siblings....................................... Three brothers: Tim, Rick, Michael and selected SoCon Female Athlete of the Year. Hobbies/Interests................ Spending time with friends and family; Prior to arriving at Chattanooga, she spent two seasons as an ..................................................... reading, shopping and socializing assistant at Division II South Carolina-Spartanburg, but she always knew she wanted to coach at the Division I level. Playing Experience An All-ACC performer at Clemson, she spent her first two seasons 1996-99.............................................................. Clemson University as teammate to Laura Cottrell who later became an assistant coach at Chattanooga for three seasons. The 6-foot-2 forward received her Coaching Resume bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in May of 2000. She 2002.................................................................Carolina Flames AAU helped the Lady Tigers win the ACC Tournament title her freshman 2002-04.......................................USC-Spartanburg, Assistant Coach year in 1996, the first-ever ACC basketball tournament title in school 2004-09...............................................Chattanooga Assistant Coach history. 2009-present.............................Chattanooga Associate Head Coach Clemson also won the tournament title in 1999 with Blassingame being named to the ACC All-Tournament team. The 1998-99 Lady Tigers finished the season with a school-record 26 wins and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Clemson finished the year ranked 10th in the AP Poll. West helped lead Clemson to four NCAA appearances in her four years. She played in 126 games in her career, starting 53 times. She averaged 5.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. She had her best season as a senior, starting all 31 games and averaging 10.4 points and 7.9 rebounds. She also blocked 24 shots and tallied 44 steals. She ranks 16th on Clemson’s all-time list with 537 rebounds and her 50.2 percent field goal percentage ranks ninth all-time. She was named co-MVP and earned the Air Force Aim High Award in 1999. She was a three-year member of the athletics department’s Tiger Honor Roll. West garnered some early coaching experience during a two-year stay in Spartanburg, S.C., as a first grade teacher. She coached the Carolina Lady Flames AAU team and led the squad to the 15 and under state championship. She also served as head coach of the junior varsity team at Dorman High School and was a varsity assistant coach. She led the Lady Cavaliers to a 15-4 record and the junior varsity championship in 2001. West has an abundance of experience as a camp instructor. She has served as a camp counselor and instructor at Clemson’s basketball camp since 1996. She also worked as a camp counselor for Athletes for Christ in 2001, helping improve children athletically and spiritually. West is a native of Seneca, S.C. She led the Seneca High School to the state championship her senior year. She is married to UTC Football Assistant Coach Marcus West.

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