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HEAD COACH - YOLANDA WELLS-BROUGHTON
Yolanda Wells-Broughton became the 12th head coach of the
Texas Southern Lady Tigers women’s basketball program in July 2008.
A former All-SWAC player, Wells-Broughton enters her fourth season
The Houston native and her Texas Southern staff have been hard
at work, “Rebuilding the Foundation of the Program and Changing the
Culture for a Winning Future.” In just a short time, the fruits of their
labor have been clearly seen. In back-to-back seasons, TSU has been in the
top 45 percentile among recruiting classes.
“I have taught my staff to recruit like myself based on what I have learned at other
BCS programs,” Wells-Broughton said.
During her first season, the Lady Tigers reached the double-digit
win mark (10) and advanced to the SWAC Tournament. The Tigers also
knocked off UT-Arlington, an NCAA Tournament qualifi er the previous
season. In 2009-10, the Tigers posted double-digit win totals (13)
advanced to the SWAC Tournament semifinals. It marked the first time
in the 2000s a TSU women’s basketball team had advanced past the
first round of the league’s postseason tournament.
Wells-Broughton’s 2009-10 team produced its first all-conference
selection in six years. The Tigers beat all but one team in the league at
least once in 2009-10.
Wells-Broughton is accustomed to winning. Over her 10-year
coaching career, she has a combined record of 230-67, which includes
four NCAA Division I postseason appearances and four conference
championships. Prior to her arrival at TSU, Wells-Broughton was an
assistant coach at Louisiana State under Hall of Fame Head Coach Van
Chancellor, where she served as co-recruiting coordinator. She signed a
top four recruiting class in the country prior to her departure. She helped
guide LSU to a 31-6 overall record and the fourth consecutive Final Four
appearance in 2008.
During her three years at Texas Christian University from 2004-07, the
Horned Frogs posted a 63-33 record, reaching the NCAA Tournament all
three seasons under head coach Jeff Mittie.
Prior to her time at TCU, Wells-Broughton was a significant part of
the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals success. In 2004,
Wells-Broughton helped head coach Michal Landers and the Lady
Cardinals win their fifth National Junior College Athletic Association
Championship. The team posted a perfect 36-0 record, including an
18-0 record in conference play, and led the nation in scoring at 101.7
points per game.
While Wells-Broughton coached at TVCC, the team went 126-
8 (.940) from 2000-04, and 19 of its players signed national letters of
intent at NCAA Division I institutions. Trinity Valley also owned a 50-
game conference winning streak and a 78-game regular-season winning
streak when Wells-Broughton left the school.
Before her stay at Trinity Valley, Wells-Broughton was the head
coach for Paul Quinn College in Dallas during the 1998-99 and 1999-
00 seasons. She was responsible for all phases of coaching for the
National Intercollegiate Athletic Association school, from budgeting and
scheduling to fund raising and community outreach. Additionally, she
was an academic coordinator during her two years with the college.
At TSU, academics are one “phase of the game” she prioritizes highly.
Wells-Broughton’s teams at all her stops posted over a 92% graduation
rate, and she expects the same success at TSU.
“My goal is not to just develop young ladies into great basketball
players, but more importantly build role models and equip these women
for life beyond college,” Wells-Broughton said.
No stranger to the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Wells-
Broughton played from 1993-95 for Grambling State University. As a
player at Grambling, she earned all-conference honors and helped GSU
win the SWAC Championship. GSU also earned their fi rst trip to the
NCAA Tournament in 1994, becoming the first SWAC team to do so.
During the 1993-94 season, Wells-Broughton and GSU broke several
NCAA Division I records, including: most forced turnovers in one game
(50), NCAA scoring leader (94.7 per game), most consecutive 100-points
games (8) and most points scored in a game (135).
Before enrolling at Grambling State, Wells-Broughton spent two
years at Howard Junior College in Big Springs, Texas, where she was
named a Kodak All-American.
Wells-Broughton received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
from Grambling State in 1995 and was awarded her Master’s Degree
in Sports Administration from GSU in 1997. She also earned a Master’s
Degree in Education Administration from Texas Christian University.
Wells-Broughton is the blessed & proud mother of three beautiful
children, Vernon, Asia and Isaiah -- the inspiration behind the Roughton-
Broughton Kidz-Zone (RBKZ). She is a member of the Women’s
Basketball Coaches Association, Black Coaches Association and Alpha
Kappa Alpha sorority.