Adair introduced as Blue Hen women’s basketball coach

NEWARK — Before Monday, only three people have held the title of head women’s basketball coach at the University of Delaware.

Natasha Adair added her name to that short list when she was officially introduced as the Blue Hens’ new coach on Monday morning.

The 44-year-old Silver Spring, Md. native has been the head coach at Georgetown for the past four seasons.

Adair is the fourth head coach hired by first-year athletic director Chrissi Rawak.

“Chrissi is relentless in her efforts to surpass all expectations for excellence here at the University Delaware,” said Adair. “Under her leadership, and with the unwavering support of President (Dennis) Assanis, the decision to become a Blue Hen was not only an easy one but also the right one for my family and me. Their passion and commitment to comprehensive excellence for the student-athletes, along with the entire university community, is what compelled me to make this exciting decision.”

New Blue Hen women’s basketball coach Natasha Adair, left, is introduced at the Bob Carpenter Center on Monday. Joining her is Director of Athletics Chrissi Rawak. (University of Delaware Athletics/Mark Campbell)

This is Adair’s third-head coaching job. She previously went 35-31 at Charleston (2012-14) and 37-54 at Georgetown (2014-17).

The Hoyas were a combined 33-27 over the last two seasons after a 4-27 in Adair’s first campaign.

Adair got a vote of confidence from former Delaware star Elena Delle Donne.

“Natasha is an established leader that has shown she is dedicated to developing student-athletes fully on and off the court,” said Delle Donne. “She is a terrific fit for the University of Delaware and as an alumna, I am confident that she will continue to build upon the foundation that has been set for the Blue Hens.”

Adair was recently selected as a court coach for the USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials.

Former Blue Hen coach Tina Martin stepped down two weeks ago after 21 seasons with the program. She was Delaware’s winningest coach with a record of 408-238.

Under Martin, Delaware recorded 20-win seasons in 12 of the past 18 years and made postseason appearances in 11 of the last 17 seasons, including four in the NCAA and seven in the WNIT. Martin took the Hens to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in 2013.

The Hens’ only other head coaches were Mary Ann Hitchens (1971-78) and Joyce Perry (1978-96), who were both Milford High grads.

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