BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU women’s basketball has hired Cherie Cordoba as an assistant coach for the team, head coach Nikki Fargas has announced. Cordoba, a native of Australia, brings two decades of collegiate and international experience to the squad, including her last five seasons at Buffalo.
In her last five seasons at Buffalo, the Bulls compiled a record of 131-56 (.701) while earning the first three trips to the NCAA Tournament and the first NCAA Tournament victories in program history. Cierra Dillard a Buffalo guard become the first Bull in program history to be drafted by the WNBA. She is the 2019 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament MVP and went in the second round to the Minnesota Lynx.
“I’m excited to welcome Cherie to our coaching staff,” said Fargas. “Her background has a fantastic mix of collegiate and international experiences as a coach and player. She is a great recruiter with ties all over the country and internationally, especially in her native Australia. Her ability to develop players will be a great asset to our guard play.”
Prior to Buffalo, Cordoba spent two seasons as an assistant at Indiana and two seasons at Hofstra. While with the Hoosiers from 2006-08, the former Cherie (pronounced sha-REE) Hogg helped guide the team to 37 combined wins with postseason WNIT victories in both seasons. At Hofstra, the Pride advanced to the 2006 WNIT and Hofstra ranked in the Colonial Athletics Association’s (CAA) top three in nearly every statistical category.
Cordoba preceded her time at Hofstra with two years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, UNLV. She played a large role in several areas of the Lady Rebels program, including scouting, recruiting, compliance, academic liaison and summer camps.
Prior to Cordoba’s tenure as a UNLV assistant coach, she played professionally in her native Australia, as well as Holland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. While playing in Australia, she helped the Adelaide Lightning to a national championship in 1996. In 2000-01, she led the Rhondda Rebels in Wales, U.K. to a 37-1 record and National League, National Playoff and National Cup titles. Cordoba followed that season by helping Puig Den Valls in Ibiza, Spain, to a 30-2 record and the Premier Division championship in 2001-02.
A 1994 UNLV graduate with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, Cordoba was the 1992 California Community College Athletic Association Player of the Year at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California and is a member of the CCCWBCA Hall of Fame Class of 2019. She began her basketball career as a member of the Australian “train-on” teams from 1986-88 and earned an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship in 1988.
1990-92 Lassen Community College
1995-96 Canberra (WNBL; Australia)
1995-96 Groningen (Holland)
1996-97 Adelaide Lightning (WNBL Champions; Australia)
1996-97 Oberhausen Basketball Club (Germany)
2000-01 Rhondda Rebels (Wales Conference, Cup and Tournament Champions, U.K.)
2001-02 Puig Den Valls (Conference Champions; Ibiza, Spain)
1994-95 Washington College, assistant coach
1995-97 Youth coach with professional clubs in Holland and Australia
2002-04 UNLV, assistant coach
2004-06 Hofstra, assistant coach
2006-08 Indiana, assistant coach
2014-18 Buffalo, assistant coach
2018-19 Buffalo, associate head coach
2019-present LSU, assistant coach