DENTON, Texas (6/16/09) North Texas women’s basketball coach Shanice Stephens has announced the addition of former Clemson assistant Saudia Roundtree to the coaching staff. Roundtree, who spent a season coaching with Stephens while at Clemson in 2007-08, comes the North Texas with an extensive coaching background that includes stops in the ACC, SEC, and Conference USA.
“We are excited to welcome Saudia Roundtree to our coaching ranks,” Stephens said. “She is a dynamic and enthusiastic coach and was a phenomenal basketball player in her own right and it has truly translated over into her collegiate coaching career.”
Roundtree spent two seasons at Clemson and was instrumental with the Lady Tigers in signing a Top-40 class in 2008. She began her coaching career at Morris Brown College in 2001 and then spent three seasons as the head coach at North Carolina A&T. After a season at Alabama and Central Florida, Roundtree was hired at Clemson.
Roundtree joined the coaching ranks after a stellar playing career at Kilgore (Texas) Junior College, the University of Georgia and in the American Basketball League (ABL). One of the most decorated players in the decade of the 90’s, Roundtree was named the 1996 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year and an All-American at the University of Georgia. Roundtree led the Lady Bulldogs to the SEC title and the NCAA National Championship game.
That year Roundtree was also named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year and SEC Player of the Year. In 1997 Roundtree received the ESPY Award for the Best Female College Basketball Player. She finished her career at Georgia with over 1,000 points and holds single season records for assists and assists per game over a single season.
The native of Anderson, SC was named the 1994 National Junior College Player-of-the-Year after averaging 26.2 points per game at Kilgore JC.
Following her collegiate career, she was then the first overall pick by the Atlanta Glory in the 1996 ABL draft and played three seasons as a member of the Glory and the Nashville Noise. Roundtree averaged 12.2 points and 3.3 assists per game with Nashville in the league's final season.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Georgia in 1996.