One of the greatest players to ever step on the Memorial Coliseum floor will once again grace the sidelines in the coming season.
DeNesha Stallworth, who played at Kentucky under head coach Matthew Mitchell from 2011-14, has been officially added to the coaching staff in the role of coaching video coordinator, according to UK Athletics. Stallworth was an All-SEC player during her final two seasons with the ‘Cats, helping lead them to an Elite Eight and Sweet 16 appearance, respectively, in consecutive years.
Welcome back, DeNesha.?
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“DeNesha is the perfect fit for our video coordinator position because of her familiarity with our program and engaging personality,” Mitchell said, according to the press release. “She was an exceptional basketball player that has a high basketball IQ and feel for the game. I know she is going to work well with our players and staff and have a positive impact on our program.”
Stallworth will fill the coaching hole that was left behind in the wake of the departure of previous coaching video coordinator, Tony Nakashima, who left for Northern State University.
After spending two seasons playing at Cal-Berkely, Stallworth sat out the 2011-12 season so she could use her final two years of eligibility in Lexington. During her junior and senior campaigns, she was steadily one of the most productive players on a team that was consistently ranked in the top-15 throughout both seasons. Stallworth nabbed All-SEC First Team honors during the 2012-13 season and All-SEC Second Team recognition in her final year. She totaled 812 points as a Wildcat and 417 rebounds, finishing ninth on the program’s all-time double-doubles list.
Following her time at Kentucky, Stallworth went on to get drafted by the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA with the 25th overall pick back in 2014. However, she ultimately began her professional playing career overseas in Spain before spending the last five years in various countries such as Australia, Russia, and Poland.
Welcome back, DeNesha.