A 15-year assistant coaching veteran, Erica Floyd enters her seventh season at Maryland and begins her eighth year overall on the bench alongside head coach Brenda Frese.
"Erica has been a constant asset to our program and remains one of the best in the coaching profession," said Frese. "Her impact on our recruiting efforts has been tremendous thanks to her dynamic and engaging personality. Her experience as a player at a high-profile program has proven time and again to be beneficial to our players' maturation process."
Floyd was a member of Frese's staff at Minnesota and made the move to College Park with Frese in April of 2002. Floyd has been instrumental in transforming and rebuilding the Terrapin program into a national power, which won the 2006 National Championship and has made five-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
During Floyd's tenure, the Terps won their first national championship in 2006, made two trips to the NCAA Elite Eight, recorded its first 30-win season that same year, has posted four-straight 20-win campaigns, also a first for the program, and finished in the top three of the ACC standings in four of her six years, including second place in 2007-08, winning a school-record tying 13 league games. In the last three years, Maryland has also been crowned the NCAA's statistical champion in at least one category, including rebounding margin twice, three-point shooting, assists per game and field goal percentage. Since arriving in College Park, the Terps earned their first No. 1 preseason ranking in school history in 2006-07, remaining in the top 10 in the rankings for 10 weeks overall.
In Floyd's six years, she mentored 2008 ACC Player of the Year Crystal Langhorne, now a member of the WNBA's Washington Mystics, and 2006 ACC Rookie of the Year Marissa Coleman, while the Terps have earned 16 all-conference recognitions. Her recruiting efforts have helped to land six-straight top-10 incoming classes, as some of the top talents in the nation have donned a Maryland uniform, including the No. 2-rated classes in 2004 and 2006, and the No. 4 class in the nation in 2005. Among the players she helped to recruit to College Park is three-time All-ACC honoree Shay Doron, who went on to be drafted into the WNBA, and the Sacramento Monarchs' Laura Harper.
At Minnesota, Floyd assisted in on- and off-campus recruiting and with scouting and film breakdown. The position coach for forwards and centers, she helped guide 2002 Big Ten Freshman of Year Janel McCarville, a member of the New York Liberty, and also led the Gophers' community service efforts. Minnesota experienced the biggest one-year turnaround in Big Ten history in Floyd's year there, going 22-8 after inheriting a program that had been 8-20 the previous season.
Floyd called Cleveland State home from 1998-2001, serving the Viking program in all capacities. She coached CSU's Audra Cook, 2000 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and was in charge of coordinating team travel, also assisting in recruiting efforts both on- and off-campus. She continued to lend her experience to the forwards and centers and also aided in monitoring academics, scouting and coordinating summer camps.
Floyd joined the coaching ranks at Kent State from 1994-98 where she coached alongside Frese, who was an assistant at the time. A position coach, Floyd assisted with various aspects of the program including coordinating team travel, scouting and summer camps. A Kent, Ohio, native, she was also the school's assistant marketing director from 1995-98.
Graduating with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1993, Floyd played basketball at Ohio State University from 1989-92. She was a member of the 1989 Buckeye squad that shared the Big Ten title that season. A graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, she was the 1988 Gatorade High School Player of the Year for the state of Ohio and was inducted to Roosevelt's Hall of Fame in 2006.
Floyd is an active member of the Black Coaches Association (BCA) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). She resides in Columbia, Md.
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