April 30, 2012
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By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) -- Courtney Locke, a former collegiate athlete, returns to the UCF women's basketball program to reclaim her role as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after a one-year stint at UC Santa Barbara. The 2012-13 campaign will mark her first season back with the team and her fourth overall with the Knights.
Locke replaces former assistant coach Bob Starkey, who joined the Texas A&M staff in mid-April after working with UCF this past season.
"I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to come back to work with Coach (Joi) Williams and the UCF women's basketball team," Locke said. "I've had a lot of terrific memories here, and I'm looking forward to making many more."
Locke spent 2011-12 at UCSB as the recruiting coordinator and one of the inaugural coaches on Carlene Mitchell's staff, helping the Gauchos to the 2012 Big West Tournament title.
From 2008-11, Locke was responsible for working with UCF's perimeter players and assisting with recruiting and scouting. She was a part of both C-USA Championship squads that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and 2011 and was instrumental in the development of starting guards Angelica Mealing, Aisha Patrick and Chelsie Wiley. In July 2010, she was promoted to the program's recruiting coordinator and will reprise that role once again with the team.
"I am really excited that Courtney Locke is returning to our basketball program," Williams said. "It's good to be able to bring back someone that I know and trust. She was a big part of our two championship seasons and relates very well to the players. Courtney is also a tireless worker and I know that she'll do a great job of organizing our recruiting efforts and helping us prepare to make our final season in Conference USA a great one."
Locke came to Orlando after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio. While at UTSA, Locke helped guide the Roadrunners to their most successful season in school history in 2007-08. UTSA posted a 23-10 record, claimed its first Southland Conference Tournament Championship and made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in the 27-year history of the program.
Locke served as the Roadrunners' recruiting coordinator and camp director. She also was in charge of opponent scouting and the development of the team's perimeter players. Under her direction, junior guard Monica Gibbs was an All-Southland Conference First-Team selection in 2008.
In her playing days, Locke was a four-year letterwinner at Rutgers from 2002-06. As a player with the Scarlet Knights, Locke had the opportunity to learn from one of the nation's best coaches, C. Vivian Stringer.
Locke played in 126 games with 26 starts at the guard position at Rutgers. As a senior, Locke started five games and knocked down 39.4 percent of her 3-point attempts as Rutgers compiled a record of 27-5 overall and 16-0 in BIG EAST play.
While Locke was at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights advanced to four NCAA Tournaments, making the Elite Eight in 2005 and the Sweet Sixteen in 2006. Rutgers twice won the BIG EAST regular-season title with Locke on the squad, and the team's record during her collegiate career was a combined 97-32 (.752), including a 53-11 (.828) mark in league play.
Locke graduated in May 2006 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and sports studies.