HOUSTON – Texas Southern University Director of Athletics Charles McClelland has announced the hiring of LSU assistant coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton as the Lady Tigers new head women’s basketball coach.
“We’re pleased to have a person like Coach Wells-Broughton coming from a national powerhouse program like LSU,” said McClelland. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the game.
“The experience that Coach Wells-Broughton brings from all levels of coaching is one that we are extremely excited about having at the university. We look forward to her taking our women’s basketball program to the pinnacle of athletic excellence in the classroom and on the court.”
Wells-Broughton comes to TSU after serving one year as an assistant coach at LSU under former WNBA Houston Comets Coach Van Chancellor. During her inaugural year at LSU, she helped guide the team to its fifth straight Final Four and its third Southeastern Conference regular season title in four years.
“It’s truly both an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to help lead the women’s basketball program at Texas Southern University,” said Wells-Broughton. I’m not looking at this as a challenge, but an opportunity to raise the bar and take the program to new heights.”
Prior to her stint at LSU, Wells-Broughton served as an assistant coach at Texas Christian University from 2004-07. In her three years at TCU, the Horned Frogs posted a 63-33 record. She helped to guide the team into the NCAA Tournament all three seasons.
From 2000-04 Wells-Broughton served as an assistant at Trinity Valley Community College. During her tenure on the JUCO level, she helped Trinity Valley post a 126-8 (.940) record and saw 19 of its players sign National Letters of Intent to play Division I basketball. When she left, the school owned a 50-game conference winning streak and a 78-game regular season winning streak.
Broughton-Wells served for two seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. At Paul Quinn, she was responsible for all phases of the program for the NAIA school and also served in a dual capacity as academic coordinator.
No stranger to the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Wells-Broughton played from 1992-94 for Grambling State University. As a player at Grambling State, she earned all-conference honors and helped GSU earn its first-ever trip the NCAA Tournament in 1994.