A little over a year ago, Stacie Terry was helping coach LSU to a 64-56 NCAA tournament win over San Diego State.
Today, Terry is San Diego State’s coach.
The former LSU assistant was announced Wednesday at SDSU, returning to her hometown to begin her first job as a head coach.
“I am honored and humbled to be the next head coach at San Diego State University,” Terry said according to an SDSU news release.
“This is such a special place for me. Not only is this my dream job, but it is home. SDSU is a first-class university that has all the resources in place to be successful.”
The 36-year-old Terry spent the past five seasons as an assistant to Nikki Caldwell, the first three at UCLA and the past two at LSU.
“We’re all excited for Stacie,” Caldwell said. “She’s definitely ready. She’s someone we’re going to miss personally and professionally, but knowing what her goals and aspirations have been, I’m glad she was able to accomplish this.”
Terry succeeds Beth Burns, who retired one month ago as the winningest coach in San Diego State history.
Burns went 295-186 in a pair of eight-year stints at SDSU, including a 27-7 record this past season and a first-round NCAA tournament loss at LSU in 2012.
Terry played at Texas-Arlington and has been a coach since 2001, with stops at Louisville, Dayton, Illinois and Southern Mississippi.
“She wasn’t looking to go just anywhere,” Caldwell said. “She wanted it to be a special situation. This enabled her to go back home and be around her family in a place she grew up.”
The search for Terry’s replacement will come in the midst of a busy offseason for Caldwell.
She left Wednesday for Colorado Springs for tryouts for the USA Basketball U19 women’s team, for which Caldwell will serve as an assistant coach July 18-28 in Lithuania.
Caldwell must also attend the Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting in Destin, Fla., May 28-31, and is taking her team to Spain in August for a series of exhibition games.
Despite that, Caldwell said she hopes to name Terry’s successor within two or three weeks.
“There are people who have reached out already,” Caldwell said. “We have to make sure it’s a great fit for our players first, to make sure their vision is compatible with that of our program.”
Caldwell’s other two assistants — Tasha Butts and Tony Perotti — have also been with her during her five seasons as a head coach.