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Assistant Coaching Changes for U-Md. Women

The coaching staff for the Maryland women's basketball team will have a very different look next season. Assistant Daron Park is leaving the Terrapins to become the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana Tech, the program announced today. Earlier this month, longtime assistant Erica Floyd resigned for personal reasons.

According to a source who requested anonymity because the move is not yet official, the Terrapins will hire Dave Adkins to fill one of the vacant positions. Adkins has worked as an assistant coach at DeMatha and Montrose Christian, and he has helped train former Maryland star Marissa Coleman, as well as Greivis Vasquez and Kevin Durant. (Check out this Comcast SportsNet report on the workouts.)

Park spent two seasons at Maryland and worked closely with point guard Kristi Toliver, the 2009 ACC player of the year. He also coached the Terrapins for 10 games during the 2007-08 season, when Coach Brenda Frese was unable to travel because of her pregnancy.

Floyd coached alongside Frese for the past eight seasons (seven at Maryland and one at Minnesota). She is moving to Louisiana with her boyfriend, who took a job at LSU.

"This is what assistants do," Frese said. "They move on, and we're happy from a personal standpoint for Erica, and from a professional end for Daron."

By Camille Powell  |  May 29, 2009; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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Good luck to Daron in his new job, though not too much luck.

Posted by: EricS2 | May 29, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. The wording around Park's leaving sounds a bit terse, but maybe I'm just touchy since his departure is coming on the heels of Erica's. I am confident, however, that Coach Frese will find highly qualified assistants to replace them.

Best of luck to both Daron and Erica.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | May 30, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Good Luck to Daron...a really fun guy...I wish him well (unless La Tech plays the Terps, of course)!

Dave Adkins sounds like a GREAT addition to the program.

I wonder who'll fill the other open slot.

Posted by: EileenBC | May 30, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

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