Tuesday, April 26, 2011

49ers introduce 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 27wins and appearance in the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The 49ers have made nine consecutive postseason appearances under three head 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 title in 2008.

Consuegra received an initial 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.

- Jim Utter


Anonymous said...

I sure am glad we adopted the new policy of refusing 3-4th string asst coaches. We wouldn't want any of those in important staff positions...

Anonymous said...

Why give a brand new first year coach the same contract as the outgoing proven successful coach? Does the AD just not want to fool with writing a new contract??

Anonymous said...

What I would have liked to see in Consuegra's contract is a severe penalty if she resigned before the contract ends, such as a $100,000 fine. We have to stop this cycle of hiring a good coach only to see her leave in 2 years.