Olajuwon Added to Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff
FULLERTON, Calif. – Former University of Oklahoma forward Abi Olajuwon has been hired as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton effective immediately, Titans' women's basketball head coach Daron Park announced Tuesday.
"I am thrilled to welcome Abi to the Titan family," said Park. "I've known about her since she was a player at Oklahoma, and she is a perfect compliment to our staff here at Cal State Fullerton."
Olajuwon, the daughter of NBA hall of fame center Hakeem Olajuwon, becomes the third and final addition to the Titans' coaching staff for the 2014-15 season, after Taja Edwards accepted a position at USC.
"Abi is an incredibly energetic, enthusiastic, and driven person who has experienced success on the highest levels playing in two Final Fours before going to play in the WNBA. She will be an incredible mentor to our players and a wonderful presence in the gym and community selling our program."
Olajuwon joins the Titans' coaching staff after spending the past three years playing professionally in the WNBA and overseas. In 2010, she was the fourth pick in the draft by the Chicago Sky and appeared in six games. The following season, Olajuwon was signed by the Tulsa Shock and played 16 games.
Before playing professionally, Olajuwon attended the University of Oklahoma for four seasons helping the Sooners reach the NCAA Final Four in both 2009 and 2010. She also helped guide the Sooners to Big 12 Championships in 2007 and 2009.
During her senior season, she started all 38 games at center, averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while also shooting 50.6 percent from the floor. Also during her final year as a Sooner, she averaged 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during the team's Final Four run.
Olajuwon played high school basketball at The Marlborough School in Los Angeles and earned four varsity letters under head coach Trenton Jackson. As a senior, she averaged 15.9 points and 15.4 rebounds per game as she was named a 2006 McDonald's All-American, while leading Marlborough to three state championships (2003, 2004, 20005).
Also during her senior year, Olajuwon was named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American, CIF-SS Division IV AA Player of the Year, and Marlborough High School's Athlete of the Year. Her high school accolades continue as she was named to the All-State First Team and All CIF-SS First Team four times, and was named to the USA Today All-American Team her final three seasons.
The California native earned her undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism and electronic media from Oklahoma in 2012.