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Caroline McCombs has been named women's basketball assistant coach for Northwestern, head coach Joe McKeown announced (Thursday). McCombs, comes to Evanston from Pittsburgh, where she served as an assistant for five seasons.

"We are extremely excited for Caroline to join our staff," McKeown said. "She brings great coaching experience to our program, having been at Valparaiso and most recently at Pittsburgh, where she helped elevate them to the national scene. She will be an invaluable resource recruiting and developing our players to make Northwestern one of the top programs in the nation. We had a very strong field of candidates for this position and we are very fortunate that Caroline decided to join the Wildcat family."

McCombs echoed McKeown's enthusiasm for becoming a Wildcat. "I'm very excited for the opportunity to work with Coach McKeown and his staff at Northwestern," McCombs said. "Coach McKeown is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country and it is truly a chance of a lifetime to work with him. It is also a tremendous honor to coach at an institution like Northwestern where we attract dynamic student-athletes who want to compete at the highest level. It is my belief that under Coach McKeown's leadership, it is only a matter of time before we are competing for not only a Big Ten Championship but for a national title as well."

McCombs is familiar with postseason success, having led Pittsburgh to its NCAA Tournament debut in 2006-07 and back-to-back NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances in the following two seasons. In total, the Panthers reached postseason play in all five seasons McCombs was on staff.
While at Pittsburgh, McCombs spearheaded the Panthers recruiting efforts. She was also responsible for the development of Pitt's perimeter players, including former Panther and three-time All-Big East First Team member and third-team All-America, Shavonte Zellous, as well as All-Freshman team members Jania Sims and Taneisha Harrison. McCombs assisted with scouting opponents and was responsible for scheduling Pitt's nonconference games.
 
McCombs, a native of Medina, Ohio, began her career at Valparaiso University, coaching there from 1999-2005. Prior to the 2004-05 season, McCombs was promoted to associate head coach and maintained that position until joining the Panthers.

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