Apr 27, 2011
Charlotte Names Cara Consuegra New Women’s Coach

Cara Consuegra said she has never shied away from a challenge.

She said she won’t start now as she takes over as the Charlotte 49ers’ women’s basketball coach, her first college head-coaching position.

Consuegra (pronounced Con-SWAY-gruh) inherits a program fresh off a school-record 27 wins and an appearance in the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The 49ers have made nine consecutive postseason appearances under three coaches.

“I have never been a person afraid of high expectations. I hold myself to those expectations and I want to be a part of that – the coach of a program where we are expected to win, said Consuegra, who was introduced as the 49ers’ eighth head coach during a news conference Tuesday on campus.

I want to do everything that I can do to continue that tradition of success.”

Consuegra spent the past seven years as an assistant at Marquette, which won 145 games during the span and made the postseason each year. The Golden Eagles won the WNIT in 2008.

Consuegra received a five-year contract with a base salary of $165, 000 per year plus incentives. She replaces Karen Aston, who resigned this month and has since been hired at North Texas.

“We had tremendous interest in our opening, something that speaks to the strong foundation of our program and also its potential, said athletics director Judy Rose.

Each time we’ve made a coaching change we’ve continued with the success because of the individual that we aspired to hire. We’ve done our research and we know we’ve got the right one.”

Before becoming a coach,, Consuegra played four years at Iowa, where she holds the season (191 in 2000-01) and career (576) assists records. She also played for the WNBA’s Utah Starzz in 2001.

“This department, this program are surrounded by people that have such a great passion for the 49ers, for the city, for the players, for the student-athletes, Consuegra said. That made me want to be a big part of this.”

Consuegra has not decided whether to retain any of the program’s remaining staff, but she will inherit a team that returns 13 players, including three starters.

“I’m approaching this the same way I approached transferring to Charlotte – with an open mind, said junior Epiphany Woodson, a Charlotte native who is coming off her first season with the 49ers after transferring from Miami.

I don’t see it as difficult at all. I see it as challenging, which I am looking forward to. It’s another opportunity to start over; another opportunity to learn even more.”

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/27/2251588/consuegra-is-49ers-new-coach.html#ixzz1Kjj5lU1e

Charlotte Names Cara Consuegra New Women’s Coach

Charlotte Observer, Jim Utter

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/27/2251588/consuegra-is-49ers-new-coach.html

Cara Consuegra said she has never shied away from a challenge.

She said she won’t start now as she takes over as the Charlotte 49ers’ women’s basketball coach, her first college head-coaching position.

Consuegra (pronounced Con-SWAY-gruh) inherits a program fresh off a school-record 27 wins and an appearance in the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The 49ers have made nine consecutive postseason appearances under three coaches.

“I have never been a person afraid of high expectations. I hold myself to those expectations and I want to be a part of that – the coach of a program where we are expected to win, said Consuegra, who was introduced as the 49ers’ eighth head coach during a news conference Tuesday on campus.

I want to do everything that I can do to continue that tradition of success.”

Consuegra spent the past seven years as an assistant at Marquette, which won 145 games during the span and made the postseason each year. The Golden Eagles won the WNIT in 2008.

Consuegra received a five-year contract with a base salary of $165, 000 per year plus incentives. She replaces Karen Aston, who resigned this month and has since been hired at North Texas.

“We had tremendous interest in our opening, something that speaks to the strong foundation of our program and also its potential, said athletics director Judy Rose.

Each time we’ve made a coaching change we’ve continued with the success because of the individual that we aspired to hire. We’ve done our research and we know we’ve got the right one.”

Before becoming a coach,, Consuegra played four years at Iowa, where she holds the season (191 in 2000-01) and career (576) assists records. She also played for the WNBA’s Utah Starzz in 2001.

“This department, this program are surrounded by people that have such a great passion for the 49ers, for the city, for the players, for the student-athletes, Consuegra said. That made me want to be a big part of this.”

Consuegra has not decided whether to retain any of the program’s remaining staff, but she will inherit a team that returns 13 players, including three starters.

“I’m approaching this the same way I approached transferring to Charlotte – with an open mind, said junior Epiphany Woodson, a Charlotte native who is coming off her first season with the 49ers after transferring from Miami.

I don’t see it as difficult at all. I see it as challenging, which I am looking forward to. It’s another opportunity to start over; another opportunity to learn even more.”

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/27/2251588/consuegra-is-49ers-new-coach.html#ixzz1Kjj5lU1e






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