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Bloodworth Added to Lady Flames' Coaching Staff
Bloodworth replaces Kelley Deyo as part of head coach Carey Green's revamped staff. Alexis Sherard previously joined the Lady Flames in April, after Olaf Lange was hired by the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA.
Bloodworth's responsibilities with the Lady Flames will include recruiting, developing the team's perimeter players, scouting and assisting with the organization of summer basketball camps.
At Valparaiso, Bloodworth was recruiting coordinator, worked with the Crusaders' perimeter players and assisted with scouting. The team went 36-24 during her two seasons as part of the coaching staff, including a 20-win season in 2006-07. Six Crusaders have earned All-Mid-Continent Conference recognition during the last two years.
"Andrea comes to Liberty from a deep-rooted basketball family background, which includes a father and older sister who are both coaches and have had a tremendous amount of influence in shaping her love for the game," remarked head coach Carey Green. "Serving as a recruiting coordinator in the past, she will be a great asset in recruiting quality student-athletes to Liberty University. Her energy and enthusiasm will enable her to make an immediate positive contribution to our program."
Prior to her time at Valparaiso, Bloodworth worked for three years on the Gannon women's basketball coaching staff. As an assistant coach, she served as the Golden Knights' recruiting coordinator. Bloodworth also helped develop guard play, coordinated team travel arrangements and assisted with scouting. She was the staff's academic monitor and the team camp coordinator for a squad which won 37 games during her final two seasons and reached the 2005 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title game.
Bloodworth spent the 2000-01 and 2001-02 campaigns as an assistant coach and physical education instructor at Armstrong Atlantic State. She helped recruit a class of players which posted a 27-4 record in 2002-03, marking the best single-season turnaround in the NCAA that season (15 games) and qualifying for the postseason for the first time in school history.
Bloodworth's resume also contains a stint as an assistant coach for an Athletes in Action Fall Tour team which played exhibition games around the Midwest in 1999. She was additionally an assistant for a Lake Michigan Community College women's basketball team which placed sixth at the 2000 NJCAA Division II national championships.
Bloodworth got her start in college coaching as an assistant for the 1998-99 Ferris State women's basketball team. The team's head coach was her sister, Tracey Bloodworth-Fisk, who is still at the helm of the Bulldogs.
Her father, Rick Bloodworth, recently retired from a long coaching career, which included 31 years as the head girls' basketball coach at St. Joseph High School in Michigan and 19 years as the head women's basketball coach at Lake Michigan College.
Bloodworth's playing career at Calvin College included a pair of trips to the NCAA Division III regional tournament. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from Calvin in 1998 and is currently working towards a master's degree in sports medicine from Armstrong Atlantic State.
"Andrea's strengths are organizational skills, a great basketball IQ and passion for the game but, more importantly, she possesses a genuine love and concern for the players and their spiritual development," noted Green. "I am excited that she has decided to be a major part of our program and know that everyone will benefit from this union."