Women's Basketball Adds Ganiyat Adeduntan to Coaching Staff
Former Florida State standout and Northeastern assistant coach joins Rizzotti's staff
Adeduntan comes to GW after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Northeastern University. She helped engineer a nine-win turnaround from her first season on the staff to the second season as the Huskies improved from four wins in 2014-15 to 15 wins in 2015-16. She coached both forwards and post players (2014-16) and guards (2016-17) during her tenure.
"We are so excited to welcome Ganiyat to our women's basketball family," said Rizzotti. "It's not often that you come across a 1,000-point scorer from the ACC (Florida State) that also has a doctorate degree. With a tremendous amount of humility, "G" is able to clearly articulate how important it is to find the balance of a great academic and athletic experience. She came highly recommended by many people I respect in the coaching business so I know I am fortunate to have been able to attract her to our program. She is a perfect fit for GW and our players and coaches will certainly benefit from her overall experiences as a coach and in life."
"I am extremely honored to be joining Coach Rizzotti's staff," said Adeduntan. "The prestigious academic tradition combined with a reputable athletic tradition really gets me excited about this position and the future of the women's basketball program. Coach Rizzotti is someone that I have watched from afar over the years and I am grateful that she has given me this opportunity. Under Coach Rizzotti's leadership I know that I will continue to learn and grow as a coach at GW. I am truly excited to get started and I am looking forward to the journey."
Adeduntan is also a strong recruiter that helped formulate the recruitment plan which resulted in a pair of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Rookie selections in Jess Genco and Gabby Giacone (2015-16). She also played a key role in the development of All-CAA First Team (2015-16) and Third Team (2014-15, 2016-17) selections.
Prior to her time at Northeastern, Adeduntan served as the head coach of the women's basketball team at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. She also had career stops at Northeastern (Administrative Assistant, 2010-12), Essence Girls Basketball AAU (2007-10), North Florida Christian School (2008-10) and Florida High School (2006-08).
Adeduntan was a four-year letterwinner and 1,000-point scorer at Florida State under head coach Sue Semrau. She was a four-year member of the ACC All-Academic Team and earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors as a junior in 2005. She also was a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree in 2005.
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