|Position:||Assistant Women's Basketball Coach|
|Hometown:||Deerfield Beach, Fla.|
The University of Miami welcomed back one of its own when women’s basketball head coach Katie Meier named Octavia Blue a Hurricanes assistant coach May 2, 2012.
A Miami player from 1994-98, Blue now begins season four on staff. She is the Hurricanes’ recruiting coordinator and is responsible for the development of Miami’s post players.
Three seasons into her stint at Miami, Blue has coached three All-ACC players in guard Adrienne Motley, forward Morgan Stroman and guard Stefanie Yderstrom. Under the tutelage of Blue and the Miami coaching staff, former Hurricane center Shawnice “Pepper” Wilson signed with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, while Stroman inked a deal to play professionally in Spain. Additionally, forward Jassany Williams inked a contract in Switzerland, guard Suriya McGuire signed with a professional team in Iceland and forward Maria Brown joined a team in France.
In addition to Blue’s presence on the recruiting trail and post player development, she has also coached the Hurricanes to a trio of postseason appearances—the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2015, and the WNIT in 2014.
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-plus win seasons, made three NCAA tournament appearances and reeled in two top-25 recruiting classes (No. 24 in 2011 and No. 13 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. John’s, 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.
From 1994-98, Blue amassed 1,724 points as a Hurricane, then placing her fourth in program history and still good for seventh. She shot a school record 45.3 percent from 3-point range as a senior in 1997-98 before going on to play a nine-year professional basketball career.
After her decorated collegiate career, Blue was selected No. 15 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 Miami 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.