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Long-time WNBA standout Taj McWilliams-Franklin was an assistant coach for Rice Women's Basketball during the 2012-13 season, before leaving to join the New York Liberty of the WNBA as an assistant coach.
"We are pleased and excited to add Taj McWilliams-Franklin to our staff," Rice head coach Greg Williams stated. "Having coached vs. Taj in the WNBA, I have always respected her abilities, her competitiveness, leadership, and tremendous desire to win. She brings instant credibility to our players and her expertise in the post position will greatly benefit our young post players.
"Taj was an outstanding student-athlete at St. Edwards University who will be comfortable with our academic requirements and a positive role model for all of our players. She is an outstanding person who brings great energy and enthusiasm to Rice Women's Basketball," Williams concluded.
"I am thrilled and excited to be chosen by coach Greg Williams and Rice University to participate in the successful growth and development of the women's basketball program," said McWilliams-Franklin. "I have nothing but the highest regard for Coach Williams and I am looking forward to becoming a contributing member of his staff as well as part of the Rice community."
Currently a member of the Minnesota Lynx, McWilliams-Franklin is a 14-year WNBA veteran and a six-time WNBA All-Star.
McWilliams-Franklin, who is from Augusta, Ga., attended St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. While at St. Edward's, she was named the 1993 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Player of the Year. The power forward was named to the 1992 Kodak NAIA All-America Second-Team and she earned Kodak All-America First-Team Honors in 1993. McWilliams-Franklin, under head coach Dave McKey, set school records for career scoring (1,837 points), most points scored for a single season (760), highest scoring average (24.5 ppg) and highest field goal percentage (.640). She had transferred to St. Edward's after one season at Georgia State (1989-90).
McWilliams-Franklin began her professional basketball career playing in the former American Basketball League (ABL) in 1996. She was the 40th pick in the 1996 draft by the Richmond Rage and played three seasons with the franchise in Richmond and Philadelphia, where she led the ABL in blocks with 1.5 per game, ranked fifth in field goal percentage (.528), and was named to the 1997 All-ABL Second-Team. She concluded the 1996-97 campaign ranked first in the ABL in blocks (1.5), second in rebounds (8.5), third in field goal percentage (.540), and eighth in steals (2.1).
In addition to her career in the United States, McWilliams-Franklin has played professionally in Germany, Luxembourg, Israel, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, and Poland.
Taj and her husband, Reginald Franklin, met while she was playing basketball in Italy. They are the parents of three daughters, Michele (23), Schera (22), and MaiaSimoné (9).
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