Kim Hairston, who helped Richmond achieve national prominence, begins her second year as an assistant women's basketball coach at California.
Hairston assists with all aspects of Cal's program, including recruiting and scouting. She has played an integral role in the development of the Golden Bears' guards, highlighted by Alexis Gray-Lawson earning the 2005-06 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award.
In her inaugural campaign at Cal, the Bears posted its first winning record (18-12) in 13 years and garnered its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993.
A former standout player at Richmond, Hairston served as an assistant coach at her alma mater during its breakout 2004-05 campaign. The Spiders posted a 23-8 record and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in 14 years. When Richmond head coach Joanne Boyle assumed the reins at Cal, Hairston decided to make the trek west, as well.
Before joining Richmond's staff, Hairston spent two years as an assistant coach at James Madison, where her primary duties included guard development, game strategy and recruiting.
Prior to JMU, Hairston served as an assistant in 2001-02 at Howard, helping the Bison to a first-place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
In 2000, Hairston jumpstarted her collegiate coaching career with a one-year stint at James Madison. That season, the Dukes advanced to the semifinals of the 2001 WNIT.
Hairston starred at Richmond for two years (1998-00) after transferring from Radford, where she was named the 1996 Big South Rookie of the Year. As a Spiders' co-captain her senior year, she was named to the 2000 Colonial Athletic Association All-Defensive team.
A product of Bassett, Va., Hairston received her bachelor's degree in sports science from Richmond in 2000.