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Octavia Blue
Position: Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Fla.
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Octavia Blue Profile
Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
Release: 07/25/2012

Octavia Blue just completed her second season as an assistant coach for the Miami Hurricanes in 2013-14. A Miami player from 1994-98, Blue is the Hurricanes’ recruiting coordinator and is responsible for the development of Miami’s post players.  

Just two seasons into her stint at Miami, Blue has coached two All-ACC players in forward Morgan Stroman and guard Stefanie Yderstrom. Under the tutelage of Blue and the Miami coaching staff, former Canes center Pepper Wilson signed with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, while Stroman inked a deal to play professionally in Spain.

In addition to Blue’s presence on the recruiting trail and post player development, she’s also coached the Hurricanes to a pair of postseason appearances—the NCAA tournament in 2013 and the WNIT in 2014.

The University of Miami welcomed back one of its own as women's basketball head coach Katie Meier named Octavia Blue the Hurricanes' newest assistant coach on May 2, 2012.

Prior to her return to Miami, Blue spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgia Tech. During her time in Atlanta, the Yellow Jackets posted three 20+ win seasons, made three NCAA tournament appearances and reeled in two Top 25 recruiting classes (24th in 2011 and 13th in 2012).

Also developing post players at Georgia Tech, Blue coached three All-ACC players and three WNBA Draft picks. Post player Brigitte Ardossi was drafted by the Atlanta Dream in the second round in 2010, Alex Montgomery was taken in the first round by the New York Liberty in 2011 and another post player, Sasha Goodlett was picked in the first round in 2012 by the Indiana Fever.

Blue’s first season as an assistant coach was in 2008-09 at St. Johns, where she helped the Red Storm advance to the WNIT. Under the guidance of Blue, post player Dashena Stevens was named the 2008-09 Big East Rookie of the Year.

Blue, who amassed 1,724 points as a Cane from 1994-98 went to play a nine-year professional basketball career.

After her decorated collegiate career, Blue was selected 15th overall in 1998 by the Los Angeles Sparks, becoming Miami's first WNBA Draft pick.

She had a lengthy professional career that lasted from 1998-2006, which included playing for two WNBA teams (Sparks and Houston Comets) and international clubs in Greece, Israel, France, Turkey and Poland.

Blue returned to school to complete her degree in sociology/sport management in 2007 and, in 2008, was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame and named an ACC Women's Basketball Legend.


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