Semeka Chantay Randall (born February 7, 1979, in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former collegiate and professional basketball player who was the head coach of the Ohio Bobcats, until being fired from that position on March 10, 2013. She previously served as an assistant coach of the women's basketball teams at West Virginia University and Michigan State University.
High school years
She attended Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio, where she starred in basketball until 1996. Randall was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored seventeen points.
She was a member of the powerhouse University of Tennessee women's basketball team, the Lady Vols, which won the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship in 1998, with a perfect 39–0 won-loss record.
She was one of the three star players on the team collectively known as "The Meeks": Randall, Chamique Holdsclaw, and Tamika Catchings. Her reputation as a standout defensive player won her the nickname "Hard to Handle Randall". A game at UConn where the Huskies' fans booed her relentlessly earned her the nickname "Boo".
She graduated in December 2000, a semester ahead of her class, with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications.
In the last game of the 2004 season, Randall set a Silver Stars record by recording eight steals in the Silver Stars' 82–65 win over the Charlotte Sting on September 17. After the game, Randall announced that she would be retiring from the WNBA to take an assistant coaching job at Michigan State University.
Overseas and the NWBL
Like most WNBA players during the off-season, Randall kept playing basketball in international leagues.
In 2001-02, Randall started all 16 games at point guard and averaged 19 points while playing for the Israeli Professional Basketball League.
The following year, she played in the Greek Professional Basketball League, again starting all 16 games for her squad.
Randall's first coaching job was an assistant coach for the women's basketball team at Cleveland State University, during the 2002-03 season. On September 17, 2004, Michigan State University (MSU) announced that Randall was hired as an assistant coach. During that season, the MSU team made it all the way to the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship game, only to lose to Baylor University. On April 17, 2007, Randall was hired as an assistant coach at West Virginia University.
She was named head coach of the Ohio Bobcats women's basketball team on May 9, 2008. Upon her hiring, she stated: "It is my dream job to coach in the state of Ohio. If you look at my previous coaching experiences, you'll see that I've always positioned myself around this state because it's a great place for women's basketball. Ohio is a great school. I like that it urges student-athletes to excel in the classroom and on the court. It's just a great place and I'm looking forward to becoming part of the Ohio basketball family and the Athens community!" Jim Schaus, Athletic Director of Ohio University, described her hiring as "a winning half-court shot at the buzzer."
On March 10, 2013 Randall was released from the Ohio coaching staff where she held a 5 year record of 50-112. During her 5th year as head coach of the bobcats Semeka Held a record of 6-23 going 1-14 in the Mid American Conference(MAC). Director Schaus stated "I want the program to be aimed in a better direction, time for a fresh start". He has begun a Nation wide immediate search. Along with four others, Randall was released from the women's basketball program at Ohio University.
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- Randall Named Head Coach of the Ohio Bobcats
- Official Website
- WNBA Player Profile
- Michigan State University Profile
- Michigan State University press release on hiring Randall
- Ohio U Post Newspaper: Recruit upset with timing of new coaching staff’s scholarship removal