Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University women‘s basketball coach Mary Taylor Cowles announced the addition of two new assistants to her coaching staff. LaTasha Dorsey — an All-America guard at LSU — and former Florida State standout Latrice McLin will be on the bench for the Lady Toppers this season.
Dorsey and McLin replace Nikki McCray and Amy Wright, who both left to pursue other coaching opportunities this spring.
“I am so happy to have these two additions to my staff — they are going to add so much to our program,” said Cowles. “Both of them are knowledgeable of the game and so passionate about working at WKU. We are very fortunate to have them here working with our young ladies and helping Lady Topper Basketball maintain the level of success that we have known as well as help move our program forward.”
Dorsey comes to the Hill after spending the last five years as head coach at St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette, La. She helped lead the Cougars to a 174-80 record in her five seasons at the helm, as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament four times. Dorsey played on a pair of LSU teams that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament during her four-years with the Tigers (1996-99). She ended her career ranked third on the LSU career list with 258 steals. The Abbeville, La., native earned first-team Defensive All-America honors from the Women’s Basketball Journal during her senior season in 1998-99, averaging 2.5 steals per game to go along with 12.9 points and 4.2 assists a contest.
Her efforts that season helped lead LSU to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals. The Tigers also reached the Sweet Sixteen during the 1996-97 campaign. Dorsey completed her LSU career with more postseason games (12) than any player, male or female, in school history at that time. In addition to their two trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers advanced deep into the Postseason WNIT twice during her career. She finished with 1,054 points, and ranks fifth in school history in assists.
Dorsey was twice named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-Louisiana Team twice — taking third-team honors in 1998 and second-team laurels in 1999. She was also a second-team all-SEC selection during her senior season.
McLin joins the Lady Toppers after spending the last eight seasons as an assistant coach at Samford. During her time with the Bulldogs, she was responsible for recruiting, academic supervision and working with post players. McLin helped lead Samford to 20-plus win seasons two of the last three years, including a 23-9 overall record and a second-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2007-08.
Prior to her time in Birmingham, the Rossville, Ga., product spent the 1999-2000 season as an assistant coach at Appalachian State. While with the Mountaineers, McLin focused her instruction on guard play, and was in charge of on-campus recruiting and team travel.
A 1998 graduate of Florida State, McLin earned honorable mention all-Atlantic Coach Conference honors during the ‘95-96 season, and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll as a senior. She was named the Seminoles’ Rookie of the Year following her freshman campaign. McLin earned a degree in family and child sciences with a minor in social work at FSU.