A Hoop Homecoming

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: July 26, 2008

HOUSTON — Texas Southern University recently announced the hiring of former LSU assistant coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton as the Lady Tigers new head women’s basketball coach.

Wells-Broughton, who brings experience from all levels of coaching, comes to Texas Southern after serving one year as an assistant coach at Louisiana State University under former Houston Comets Coach Van Chancellor.

At LSU, Wells-Broughton helped to guide the team to its fifth straight Final Four and its third SEC regular season title in four years.

“It’s truly both an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to help lead the women’s basketball program at Texas Southern University,” Wells-Broughton said. “It will be a great challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Surrounded by her family, Wells-Broughton had a big smile along with two of her three children who were in attendance. They welcomed the opportunity to come back home to Houston.

“I had no idea that I would be coming back here to Houston to coach at Texas Southern,” she stated. “The support of my family has been my backbone and it is a blessing to now have them right down the street.”

Prior to her stint at LSU, Wells-Broughton served as an assistant coach at Texas Christian University from 2004-07. She helped to guide the team into the NCAA Tournament all three seasons, psoting a 63-33 record.

From 2000-04 she served as an assistant coach at Trinity Valley Junior College in Athens, Texas. During her tenure, Wells-Broughton helped Trinity Valley post a 126-8 record.

19 of their players signed National Letters of Intent to play Division I basketball. When she left, the school owned a 50-game conference winning streak and a 78-game regular season winning streak.

She also served for two seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. “We’re pleased to have a person like Coach Wells-Broughton coming from a national powerhouse program like LSU,” TSU Athletic Director CharlesMcClelland said.

“She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the game.”

Wells-Broughton replaces Surina Dixon, who was hired in March but dismissed last month. She becomes the 12th coach looking to turn around a program that has spent the last two decades in the SWAC basement.

“Our immediate goal is to change the culture of this program,” Wells-Broughton said. “If we’re on the same accord, I don’t think it will take long for us to become competitive.”

Wells-Broughton’s recruiting skills were instrumental in the Lady Tigers having one of the top incoming classes in the nation. She was on the recruiting trail last week when Chancellor informed her of the opportunity to coach at TSU.

“Once a Tiger, always a tiger. Coach Chancellor took a chance with me, especially seeing that I had two kids and was pregnant with my third”.

“He instilled a lot in me and helped me realize more how important family is. He also taught me how to recruit, and how to not only start the process, but how to close the deal.”

Ms. Wells-Broughton is no stranger to SWAC basketball. The former Spring Woods High School graduate played at Grambling State University from 1992-94.

At Grambling, she earned All-Conference honors and helped the Tigers earn its first-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1994. Prior to that she spent two years at Howard Junior College where she was named a Kodak All-American.

The native Houstonian received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grambling State in 1995 and her Master’s degree in Sports Administration in 1997. She also earned a Master’s degree in Education Adminstration from TCU.

“It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to come back to my hometown and coach. All of my family members are excited about my return.”

“I want to thank President John Rudley and Athletic Director Charles McClelland for making this a wonderful opportunity for myself and my family”.