Edniesha Curry wasn’t the first woman to be on the coaching staff of a men’s Division I basketball program, but right now, she is the only one.
Curry is an assistant coach at the University of Maine and for her, it’s not about being a trailblazer in the sport.
“I just love the game of basketball,” Curry said during an interview with Think Progress, a digital news program. “I want to impact people’s lives.”
Curry arrived in Orono, Maine with a wealth of basketball experience. She played at the University of Oregon, professionally in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks, and in Europe as well.
The Palmdale, California native also spent time in the NBA’s Assistant Coaches Program. She paid her dues and really earned the position at Maine.
“I don’t see gender, ” Curry told the Success Chronicles in Maine. “I only see myself as a coach. If there’s an opportunity for me to coach the men, I’m going to take it. If there’s an opportunity for me to coach women, I’d take that too. I just want to be a coach. Doesn’t matter if it’s men or women,” she added.
Getting respect from the men on Maine’s team has never been an issue.
“Maybe if I didn’t play professionally or in college, that would be tough to get. But they know I played. They know I know the game. And they know I want to help them get better so it’s never been a problem,” Curry told NCAA.com.
Curry wants to be a head coach one day – that is her ultimate goal. But she’s not in a rush to get there. Being prepared for the job is the most important thing to her.
“With the continued push, there will be more women in coaching,” Curry said. “And even though we want more, we have to be patient with it,” she added. “We just have to continue as women, as hard as it may be, to keep battling.”