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Union Women’s Basketball Names Hammond as New Assistant Coach

Union University Athletic Department

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Union University women’s basketball program has announced Sara Hammond as the next assistant coach. Hammond replaces Lauren Sumski who is now the head coach at Rhodes College in Memphis. Hammond comes to Union after having played the last three years of professional basketball overseas for SV Halle Lions and UNI Ferrol.

Union head coach Mark Campbell said, “The first time I talked with Sara I knew she was a great fit here at Union. I have no doubt that this has all been a part of God’s plan! She will be exceptional in this context. She loves the game of basketball and she wants to do it for the sole purpose of glorifying God. Sara has played basketball at the highest levels and will bring a wealth of experience to our program. She is a hard worker, a lover of people and is self motivated. She will impact the lives of our players daily. I am so excited to welcome her into this family here at Union University!”

Former University of Louisville Standout

Hammond played college basketball for the University of Louisville for four seasons. She played in 141 games, starting 113 times. Her 141 games played ranks her third all-time at Louisville and her 15 NCAA Tournament games played is most in school history. She helped lead her team to a national runner-up finish in 2013. In 2013, Hammond was named the Preseason WNIT MVP as she led Louisville to the tournament title. She was named to the College Sports Madness All-Big East third team in 2013, first team All-AAC in 2014 and then second team All ACC in 2015. Hammond was a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2014. She was named to the Preseason Wade Trophy, Naismith and Wooden watch list in 2014. When she graduated form Louisville, she was in the top-15 in scoring, top-5 in rebounding, top-10 in blocked shots and double-double games. Her Louisville teams made the NCAA tournament all four years of her career, including three Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights and one Final Four.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Union University family and be in a place that is Christ centered in all they do,” Hammond said. “I am grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Tommy Sadler and Coach Campbell have given me to establish a foundation in the college coaching profession. I hope to come in and work hard to continue the rich tradition and success that Union’s women’s basketball program has built. Seeing the success Coach Campbell has had here and his approach to the game is like no other and I look forward to working and learning under him as well as working with the girls on our team daily.”

Hammond is a 2015 graduate Louisville where she earned a bachelors degree in health and human performance. She was named first team All-ACC Academic Team in 2015 and was a four year member of the SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee). Hammond was the FCA leader at Louisville from 2011-15, speaking a numerous elementary, middle and high schools across the state of Kentucky. She also had the opportunity to speak at several FCA Banquets and special events including Coaches breakfast at the KHSAA Girls State Tournament. Hammond was featured in the FCA magazine twice. She worked with the University of Louisville Recreation and Parks department teaching and speaking to special needs youth and working special needs sports events.

Hammond won Gold Medal with Team USA at the FIBA 3×3 World Championships in 2014. She was also invited to tryout for Team USA World University Games in 2013.

When talking about her goals and objectives in coaching, Hammond said “I want to continue to be a part of the game of basketball by having an impact in helping young women develop positive character traits and reaching their dreams. My goal as a coach in women’s basketball is to take my experiences as a player and use that to connect and build relationships with the players to help sharpen their skills, basketball IQ and development of becoming a well-rounded young woman.

Union’s Hammond is former All-American, Kentucky Miss Basketball

Hammond, a native of Mt. Vernon, Ky., played high school basketball for Rockcastle County High School where she graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,121 career points. She was named a McDonald’s All-American, the first player from the state of Kentucky to earn the honor. She was also named a Parade All-American and a third team USA Today High School All-American. In 2011, she was named Kentucky Miss Basketball.

Hammond is the daughter of Eddie and Roxanne Hammond.

 

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