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Black Bears men's basketball assistant coach Edniesha Curry to join Portland Trail Blazers, first female coach in team history

Curry, a former Oregon Ducks and WNBA guard, has been an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at the University of Maine since 2018.

ORONO, Maine — UPDATE: The Portland Trail Blazers announced Monday that Curry was added to the coaching staff.

The Portland Trail Blazers have hired former Oregon Ducks and WNBA guard Edniesha Curry as an assistant coach, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic.

Curry, 42, has been an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at the University of Maine since 2018. She will be the first female coach in Blazers history.

Curry played the 2001-2002 season for the University of Oregon Ducks after coming over as a senior transfer. Curry earned honorable mention all-conference honors and helped lead Oregon to an NIT title. She went on to play professionally in the WNBA and overseas for a decade.

After her playing career, Curry was a player development and assistant coach for the University of Maine women's basketball team from 2015 to 2017. She worked with the NBA Assistant Coaches' Program and was a coach in Vietnam, China, Israel and Palestine. In 2018, she was hired as an assistant coach for the Maine men's basketball team.

At the time, she was the only full-time female coach in NCAA Division I Men's basketball.

"She is extremely talented at developing players, especially within the context of defensive and offensive systems," said Maine head coach Richard Barron, adding that she's also great at scouting opponents and breaking down video.

Curry will be the fifteenth female coach in the NBA, according to the league.

Curry shared the following thoughts on Twitter Friday, July 24: "This has been a very emotional week for me on many levels. As I embark on my new journey, I want to thank you for the love and support you all have shown me on and off the court.  I look forward to inspiring you all to keep fighting for your dreams #itsbiggerthanme"

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