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Graduation typically means the faces fans have grown to identify with the program will no longer be on the sidelines. However, that is not the case for this year's Georgetown College women's basketball team.
Kourtney Tyra – three-time All-American, all-time assist leader and Top 5 all-time scoring – will continue to be present. For five years, the McKee, Ky. native was the point guard that became synonymous with the program.
While she will not be in uniform, she takes over as assistant coach for Andrea McCloskey.
"It has just been a natural progression," McCloskey said. "She's been a leader since day one and I think everyone got a glimpse of her coaching passion during her junior season."
In 2011, Tyra suffered a season-ending injury that gave her a whole new perspective. She grabbed a clipboard and jumped right in to helping the team from the sidelines.
"It is different to sit and know you can't go into the game," Tyra said. "You start to see things and it helped me tremendously when I came back for my final two seasons of playing, but I think it also fed my passion to be a coach. I knew I could do it and am thankful for this opportunity to do it in a system, a conference and with a team I know so well."
Tyra's main duties will be recruiting, scouting and player development along with the day-to-day operations at practice. She has played with a majority of the returners and will be picking apart familiar opponents in the Mid-South Conference.