Georgia State women’s basketball head coach Gene Hill announced the hire of Greater Atlanta Christian grad Sherill Baker to the GSU coaching staff this week.
Baker coached the last three seasons at Kennesaw State following a four-year stint at Auburn. While with the Owls, Baker helped develop Kamiyah Street, who earned First Team All-ASUN honors in 2018-19, and the 2018-19 ASUN Freshman of the Year, Amani Johnson.
“Sherill brings invaluable experience to our program,” Hill said. “From her playing days to her last seven years of coaching, she has proven that she will help develop our student-athletes both on and off the court. She is an Atlanta native and went to school here in Georgia. That will go a long ways in our recruiting efforts moving forward.”
An All-American at Georgia, Baker was an assistant coach at Auburn for two seasons on Terri William-Flournoy’s staff after spending the first two years as director of basketball services.
For the Tigers, Baker worked as the primary position coach for guards and wings, while handling nationwide recruiting, coordinating official and unofficial visits and spearheading the team’s social media efforts.
Baker spent four seasons in the WNBA after being drafted 12th overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. She signed on with the New York Liberty where she played 34 games during the 2006 season and three in 2007, before being traded to the Los Angeles Sparks. She also played one season in 2008 with the Indiana Fever and spent time with the Detroit Shock in 2009 before ending her WNBA career.
Her professional playing career also included overseas stops in Israel, Italy, France, Germany and Cyprus during the WNBA off-season where she averaged double figures in scoring each year.
A native of Stone Mountain, Baker attended GAC and played collegiately at Georgia. Baker earned her degree in speech communication from UGA in 2006. She was selected to the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
During her career, the Lady Bulldogs compiled a 93-39 (.705) record and made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In those four tournament trips, Baker helped Georgia to two Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight appearance.
She started 122 of 131 games and tallied 1,665 career points (12.7 ppg). She holds the single-season and career Georgia records for steals with 149 and 426, respectively. Baker was named All-American, All-SEC First Team and National Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. She was named an SEC Legend at the 2014 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament.