CHERIE CORDOBA | ASSISTANT COACH
Cherie (pronounced sha-REE) Cordoba enters her fourth season as an assistant women's basketball coach at UB in 2017-18, after serving as a long-time member of head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's staffs. Cordoba spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana University and two seasons at Hofstra University under Coach Jack, helping transform both programs in a short period of time.
The 2016-17 season turned out to be another strong campaign for Cordoba and the Bulls as she helped lead UB to a 22-win season. Cordoba's quartet of Australian-born players played a key role in the Bulls success as Stephanie Reid earned All-MAC Defensive Team honors while setting the Bulls all-time assists record for a single season with 233 helpers last season. Courtney Wilkins, Katherine Ups and Liisa Ups each provided UB with depth that helped the Bulls move on to the MAC semifinals for the second straight season.
Cordoba helped guide the Bulls to a historic season in 2015-16 as the Bulls earned their first ever Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA appearance. The Bulls entered the tournament as the eight-seed and downed the previous three MAC champions en route to becoming the lowest seed to ever win the conference championship.
The Austrailian native has been very crucial in the recruiting of multiple foreign players for the Bulls as UB had seven players from outside the United States on the roster in 2015-16. Most notably, Cordoba was a key player in the recruitment of the four Australian players on the Buffalo roster, All-MAC performer Stephanie Reid, Katherine Ups, Liisa Ups and Courtney Wilkins.
During 2014-15, Cordoba helped UB turn in a great season on the court and it was culminated by an invitation to play in the Women's National Invitation Tournament against eventual WNIT runner-up, West Virginia. The WNIT appearance was the first in program history as UB posted its first 19-win season since 2000-01 and as a four seed, earned just its second trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals in program history.
While with the Hoosiers from 2006-08, Cordoba (formerly Cherie Hogg) helped guide the team to 37 combined wins with postseason WNIT victories in both seasons. During Legette-Jack and Cordoba's two years at Hofstra, the Pride advanced to the 2006 WNIT and Hofstra ranked in the CAA's top three in nearly every statistical category.
Cordoba came to Hofstra after two years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, UNLV. She played a large role in several areas of the Rebel program, including scouting, recruiting, compliance, academic liaison and summer camps. She was also the Director of Summer Camps at UNLV. Cordoba served as an assistant coach at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, in 1994-95.
Prior to Cordoba's tenure as a UNLV assistant coach, she played professional basketball in her native Australia, as well as Holland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. While playing in Australia, she helped the Adelaide Lightning to a national championship in 1996. In 2000-01, she led the Rhondda Rebels in Wales, United Kingdom to a 37-1 record and National League, National Playoff and National Cup titles. Cordoba followed that season by helping Puig Den Valls in Ibiza, Spain, to a 30-2 record and the Premier Division championship in 2001-02.
Her professional playing career also included coaching stints with youth programs affiliated with her professional clubs in Holland and Australia. Additionally, she served as a police officer for the South Australian Police Department from 1997-2000.
Cordoba enjoyed a stellar playing career at UNLV that culminated with the Rebels appearing in the 1994 NCAA Tournament. Just the fourth player in school history to record 100 assists and 100 steals in the same season, Cordoba still holds UNLV single-season marks for steals (129) and three-point field goal percentage (.456) and the single-game record for steals (11). She recorded 319 career assists at UNLV. Cordoba was an honorable mention all-league selection as a junior and first-team pick as a senior.
A 1994 UNLV graduate with a bachelor's degree in athletic training, Cordoba was the 1992 California JUCO Player of the Year at Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA. She began her basketball career as a member of the Australian "train-on" teams from 1986-88 and earned an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship in 1988.
Joining her in Buffalo is her husband Jai, daughter Jet and son Kruze.