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Denham gets promotion to UNM assistant coach

Symone Denham knows what UNM women’s basketball coach Mike Bradbury wants from his players.

She learned firsthand, playing three seasons for Bradbury at Wright State University.

Now Denham will be tasked with recruiting and helping to mold the kind of players Bradbury prefers. She was hired as an assistant coach at UNM on Thursday to replace Erin Grant, who accepted an assistant’s job at her alma mater, Texas Tech, last month.

Denham worked as the Lobos’ video coordinator last season and as a graduate assistant at Lourdes University in 2016-17.

“Symone’s ready,” Bradbury said. “She had a great understanding of the game as a player and she definitely knows our style of basketball and the kind of players we’re looking for. She’s very motivated. I’m glad to have her.”

Denham was part of a successful three-year run at Wright State after playing one season at Michigan. She helped the Raiders to a Horizon League championship as a sophomore, was selected to the league’s all-tournament team as a junior and was named Wright State’s team captain as a senior in 2015-16.

“It has been an honor being a part of The University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball program over the last year,” Denham said in a UNM release. “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue to make a positive impact on our student-athletes. Mike and his staffs, both here and at Wright State, have been very instrumental in my professional growth. I look forward to helping New Mexico Basketball become Mountain West Champions again.”

Denham is from Columbus, Ohio, but she will not be responsible for recruiting any specific region, Bradbury said. Grant primarily recruited in Texas, and former Lobo assistant Aarika Hughes recruited on the West Coast, where she grew up.

“That approach made sense at the time,” Bradbury said, “but I think we’ll just share recruiting more equally as a staff now.”

UNM’s other assistants, Valerie King and Bill Ferrara, are from Ohio and New York, respectively.

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