Shea Ralph
American basketball player-coach
Shea Ralph
Shea Sydney Ralph is a former collegiate basketball player and current assistant coach for the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team. Ralph was proficient in multiple sports, set state high school records in basketball, and earned multiple national player of the year awards in high school and college.
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Women’s Final Four – UConn Bounced Again
Blogs.Courant.com - almost 5 years
When I heard I would be covering the UConn women’s basketball team during the post season I was excited at the prospect of them making it to the Final Four. For selfish reasons I was looking forward to hooking up with my brother Jeff who has lived in Denver for 22 years and I haven’t been able to visit him as often as I would like. We would get together every other year to do a little skiing but I haven’t strapped my boards to my feet in a couple years now. I also have former colleagues from the Hartford Courant living in Boulder and Golden and really wanted to see them as well. Sunset heading to Boulder Saturday night to meet with Michael Kodas and Carolyn Moreau for dinner. Shot with iPhone 3s using Instagram app. Inside the Pepsi Center the court awaits for  teams to compete for the national title and 30,000 fans cheering on Baylor, Stamford, Notre Dame and the University of Connecticut. Fans lined the concourse to wait for a chance to get an autograph for the Huskies, some ...
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UConn women's basketball: She puts the 'quick' in quick learner - Journal Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
When she was on the sidelines during Friday's workout, assistant coaches Shea Ralph or Marisa Moseley often made their way over to Banks for some instruction and encouragement. “They're mostly getting on me,” Banks said with a smile
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Young Ct Female Athletes Suffering From ACL At A Much Higher Rate Than Men - Connecticut Watchdog
Google News - over 5 years
Given the prevalence of ACL injuries and the toll it takes on an athlete's career – UConn basketball star Caroline Doty rode the bench last season after rupturing her ACL for the third time; Shea Ralph tore hers five times – researchers around the
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National Guard enjoys a bad day of fishing on Martha's Vineyard - Martha's Vineyard Times
Google News - over 5 years
Team Hooters (David Hoskyns, Randy Shea, Ralph Carrieri): 0* (*we had extra plaques). Sonny and Joey Beaulieu Prize (for the largest fish caught and released): Tony Jackson (32-inch length, 16-inch girth)
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UConn's Hartley looking to build off freshman season - American Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
"She got frustrated at times because she wanted to do better," UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph said. "But I think she really understood that it's a day-to-day process and you just have to get better every day. I really think toward the end of the year
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UConn's Doty eager to test rehabbed knee - Ct Post
Google News - over 5 years
"Our trainer (Rosemary Ragle) has done a wonderful job with Caroline,'' UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph said "Caroline has worked really hard in rehab. There's no reason in my mind that she can't come back to 100 percent. But that's still far away
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UConn women: Doty feeling good, but still has another month to go - Journal Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
“Coach Shea (Ralph) asked me what number I wanted and I said 23 and I got it,” Mosqueda-Lewis said from Orlando, Fla., where she's attending the U-19 national team trials. “I'll be number 23 when the season starts.” Mosqueda-Lewis wore No
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Pasqualoni Speaking In Bristol June 15th - UCONN | Football (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
They've done this thing up right over there in the past with speakers such as Jim Calhoun, Dan Doyle, Lou Holtz, Joe Ehrman, Bobby Hurley and Shea Ralph - all offering some insight into sports and life. There is no charge to hear Pasqualoni and anyone
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Decision To Attend UConn Was Easy For Moriah Jefferson - American Chronicle
Google News - almost 6 years
May 12--Moriah Jefferson doesn't remember the first time she realized UConn was interested in her talents, but she does know assistant coach Shea Ralph was the one to say hello. It wasn't long after that handshake when Jefferson, a 5-foot-7 point guard
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For Women in Sports, A.C.L. Injuries Take Toll
NYTimes - almost 6 years
PHILADELPHIA -- This is not the homecoming that Caroline Doty wanted, surgical scars having formed a vague T on her left knee, her contribution to Connecticut this season limited to charting plays from the bench instead of leading the team at point guard. Three times Doty has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, an injury that has
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After Injury, Greene Gets New Game For UConn
NYTimes - almost 7 years
DAYTON, Ohio -- The memory remains intact even if the knee did not. Kalana Greene of Connecticut recalls the play matter-of-factly, removed as she is from pain and uncertainty. There is no emotion in her voice, just a clinical narration, as if the injury happened to someone else. She speaks in the way of the healed athlete, cured of doubt and fear.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP; College of Charleston Beats No. 9 U.N.C. in Overtime
NYTimes - about 7 years
Andrew Goudelock's long 3-pointer tied the game with two seconds left in regulation, Donavan Monroe gave College of Charleston the lead for good with a 3-pointer to start overtime Monday night and the host Cougars beat No. 9 North Carolina, 82-79. The Tar Heels (11-4) had trailed most of the game but used a late run to take a 72-61 lead with four
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SPORTS BRIEFING | COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Former Uconn Star Joins Staff
NYTimes - over 8 years
The former University of Connecticut standout Shea Ralph will return to Storrs as an assistant coach of the women's team. Ralph was captain of the Huskies when they won the 2000 national championship. She finished her college career eighth on UConn's career scoring list and in the top 10 in assists, steals and field goal percentage. The W.N.B.A.'s
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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL; She Has Respect. Now She Wants a Title.
NYTimes - over 9 years
Here are recent assessments of Renee Montgomery, the Connecticut basketball co-captain and point guard: Geno Auriemma, her coach: ''She believes she's the best player on the floor, and she's been like that since her freshman year. She's been a real good shooter. She's not afraid of anything. She's not afraid to take the ball into the lane.'' Sue
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BASKETBALL: BIG EAST WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT; UConn Is Uneasy Head Wearing Big East Crown
NYTimes - almost 11 years
At least in the fief where Rutgers rules, this Big East women's tournament was going to provide a glorious coronation of the Scarlet Knights and a rare dethroning of Connecticut. But the crown remains on a familiar, if slightly shaky, head. While top-seeded Rutgers watched from home, having lost to West Virginia in the semifinals, second-seeded
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL; UConn's Turner Battles Injuries and Expectations
NYTimes - almost 12 years
At 6 feet, Barbara Turner of Connecticut is a bit undersized for a forward, but she never seemed to be overwhelmed by expectation. Ebullient, self-assured, she appeared to be the natural successor to Diana Taurasi as UConn's leader, the player who would inspire the Huskies as they sought a fourth consecutive national championship. Turner was
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Big East Catches Up to UConn Women
NYTimes - almost 12 years
The Big East women's basketball tournament begins Saturday with a new script. For the first time in a decade, Connecticut is not favored in its traditional warm-up for the N.C.A.A. tournament. Forget that Connecticut has won the past three national titles. Forget that the Hartford Civic Center, the home of the Big East's four-day competition, is
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BASKETBALL; The Bigger They Are, The Harder Huskies Fall
NYTimes - about 12 years
At the beginning of the new year, Geno Auriemma of Connecticut left a wise-guy message for his Philadelphia coaching buddy, Phil Martelli of St. Joseph's. A year ago, these garrulous friends were college basketball's Rat Pack, headliners working sold-out rooms during neon seasons. Then each coach lost a consensus national player of the year in
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Sports of The Times; Ball Always In Taurasi's Safe Hands
NYTimes - almost 13 years
IT was beyond his control, Geno Auriemma understood and wasn't too proud to admit it. The season. The championship. The nerve-racking finish to what he called four unbelievable years. The ball was in Diana Taurasi's hands, and what fool coach wouldn't take his chances with that? ''She's either going to win the game along the way or have a horrible
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shea Ralph
    TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    Shea is a 2008 inductee into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame on the basis of her high school, college and coaching accomplishments.
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    However, he did, and Ralph became an assistant at UConn in 2008.
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  • 2002
    Age 23
    After finishing her college playing career and reaching the conclusion she would not be able to continue as a professional, Ralph joined the Hartford, Connecticut school system in 2002 to implement a "strength and conditioning program at the high school and middle school levels."
    More Details Hide Details She also planned to work on a "disease education and prevention program, focusing on diabetes." The position was not without controversy. Some felt that the salary paid was out of line with her education credentials. However, Ralph decided to get back into basketball and joined the University of Pittsburgh the following year. The transition to a school without the winning tradition of UConn was difficult. After playing in only ten losing games in her four-year career, she joined a team that had a streak of eleven losses in eleven games heading into their final season game, which they also lost. Tensions mounted, and after strong words to some of the players, one left, leaving the team short-handed for a scrimmage. Ralph, despite five ACL surgeries, filled in and helped lead by example. The experience convinced her that she wanted to become a head coach, but she recognized she had a lot to learn. "I've learned how to take losing." she said, "That's about it."
  • 2000
    Age 21
    Ralph was named to the team representing the USA in 2000 at the William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan.
    More Details Hide Details The USA team started strong with a 32-point win over the host team, the Republic of China National Team. They then beat South Korea easily and faced Japan in the third game. Japan started out strongly, and had an 18-point lead in the first half. The USA then out scored Japan 23–3 to take a small lead at the half. The USA built a ten-point lead, but Japan cut it back to three with under a minute to go. Kelly Schumacher grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to bring the lead back to five points and the team held on for the win. Schumacher had 24 points to help the USA team beat Japan 83–80. The final game was against Malaysia, but it wasn't close, with the USA winning 79–24, to secure a 4–0 record for the competition and the gold medal. Ralph was the team's leading scorer, averaging twelve points per game
    She played on the USA Basketball 2000 Jones Cup Team that won the Gold in Taipei.
    More Details Hide Details In her senior year(2000–01), Ralph was named to the Big East First team. During her four years she wore number 33, worn previously by Jamelle Elliott, current UConn sports announcer Meghan Pattyson Culmo and subsequently by Barbara Turner. Her final game was memorialized in Jeff Goldberg's book Bird at the Buzzer, a game some have termed the "greatest women's basketball game ever played". After an excellent junior season, Ralph was less productive in the beginning of her senior season. The low point came in a game against Big East rival Notre Dame in January, a match-up between two undefeated teams ranked number one and number two in the country. (Goldberg p 66) (Walters 239). Ralph scored only two points in that game. The rematch between the two teams came in the Big East Championship game. Ralph started out on fire. At one point, she scored eight consecutive points for the Huskies to help them turn a deficit into a slim 31–28 lead. A few minutes later she scored again, pushing her scoring total to eleven points on 4–4 shooting, along with six assists and three steals with over six minutes remaining in the first half. However, on her next possession, she drove to the basket and took a shot, twisting to avoid her defender. Then, "an agonizing scream pierced the air" which prompted commentator Robin Roberts to cry "Shea Ralph, oh goodness, oh no", recognizing that Ralph had yet again torn an ACL.
    In 2000 Ralph captained the team to the National Championship and at the Final Four, was named the Tournaments Most Outstanding Player.
    More Details Hide Details In her freshman year(1996–97) the UConn team won every game of their regular season schedule (27–0) and went on to win the Big East Tournament, completing an undefeated regular season with a 30–0 record. Ralph was named the Big East Rookie of the Year. She also earned national freshman of the year honors from both the United States Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News. However, in the first round of the NCAA tournament, a game against Lehigh, Ralph tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. She was unable to play for the rest of the tournament. While the team was able to win their first three NCAA matches without Ralph, they lost to Tennessee in the regional final. Shea had her best scoring year as a sophomore, with 16.7 points per game. She shot over 40% from beyond the three point arc for that season, and 51.7% during the Big East season, setting the all-time Big East record for three-point shooting in a season. In the Big East Tournament, her play earned her the Most Outstanding Performer award.
    She helped win a National Championship as a player at the University of Connecticut in 2000 and won numerous individual awards, including the Sports Illustrated for Women Player of the Year and the Honda Sports Award for the best collegiate female athlete in basketball.
    More Details Hide Details She suffered five ACL injuries in her career, two of which led to sitting out the 1997-98 season. Ralph was drafted by the WNBA Utah Starzz, but continued knee problems prevented her from embarking on a professional career. Ralph started her coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, then moved to the University of Connecticut in 2008. Shea Ralph grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she attended Terry Sanford High School. She was named Athlete of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The Terry Sanford High School graduate is best known for her basketball prowess, but she also lettered in soccer, cross-country, and track. At the time of the award she held 17 state basketball records, including 39.1 points per game as a junior, a 71.6 percent shooting percentage from the floor as a junior, and 18 assists in one game. A scholar as well as an athlete, the National Honor Society member was a recipient of the 1995 Dial Award presented annually to the top male and female high-school athlete/scholar in the United States, earning a 4.2 grade point average on a scale of 4.. Ralph was named a High School All-American by the WBCA.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 18
    She was enrolled at the university for five years, with a medical redshirt in her second year, 1997-98.
    More Details Hide Details During the four years she played a full or partial season, UConn had a record of 130-10. In Big East play, the team only lost two games in four seasons for a combined record of 66-2. Uconn won the Big East Regular season Championship and the post-season Big East Tournament Championship all four years. The Huskies went to the NCAA Tournament all four years, making the Sweet Sixteen each time, and the Final Four in her last two seasons.
  • 1996
    Age 17
    Ralph attended the University of Connecticut from 1996–2001, wearing uniform number 33, and graduating with a B.A. in Exercise physiology.
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    In 1996 she was named the USA Today National High School Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details While in high school, Shea began a multi-year battle with anorexia nervosa. It began with an offhand comment by a teammate, telling her she looked a "little thick". She cut down her eating so significantly she dropped from 145 pounds to 108, a very low weight for a person. Her AAU coach, John Ellington, was concerned about her eating habits. One day at a post-game dinner he placed a hundred dollar bill next to a plate of mozzarella sticks and told her the money was hers if she would just eat the mozzarella. She turned him down. So he had to up the stakes, and told her to gain weight or she was off the team. The prospect of not playing basketball persuaded her to eat. Despite barely eating, she still managed to score 3002 points in her high school career.
    She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game in 1996, scoring twelve points.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on March 12, 1978.
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