Russell to coach women’s basketball team

Darnellia Russell is the new interim head coach of the Shoreline Community College women’s basketball team for the 2013-14 season.

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Darnellia Russell

Russell started the season with the team as assistant to James Johnson, who resigned Dec. 24, 2013.

Russell came to Shoreline from North Seattle Community College where she coached and played. During her coaching tenure, the Seattle Community Colleges joint team, the Storm, placed fourth in the NWAACC Tournament in 2008. Russell said she’s looking to develop the Shoreline squad into an NWAACC Northern Region contender.

Russell attended Roosevelt High School in Seattle, where she led her team to a fifth-place finish, a Washington state title and was honored as one of the top guards in the state. Russell was All-King County three years in a row. Russell’s high school career was documented in an inspirational film, “The Heart of the Game.”

Russell continued her basketball career at North Seattle Community College where she won NWAACC Most Valuable Player and led the conference in scoring and steals. She also attended the University of the Cumberland in Williamsburg, Ky. Russell now plays for the Seattle Dynasty semi-pro team where she is the team’s leading scorer and was voted the Most Valuable Player.

Assisting Russell is Lydia Young, who started in 20 games for the University of Washington (2008-10), playing in 33 games. She averaged 11.5 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Huskies. Young graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Ethnic Studies.

Photo of Lydia Young

Lydia Young

This is Young’s first coaching position at the college level. She previously coached at Ballard High School for the 2011-12 season. A native of Detroit, Mich., Young was two-year team captain at Cooley High School and a two-year All-State honoree. As a senior, she received All-Conference and team MVP honors.

Prior to playing at the UW, Young attended both Southeastern Illinois Community College and Moberly Area Community College. At Southeastern, she helped the team to their fifth straight regional title. The team placed sixth in the 2008 national tournament.

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