Lea transferred to UNC Wilmington from UNC Chapel Hill, where she played two seasons. A two-year letter winner for the UNCW Seahawks, Lea was named first team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and UNCW team MVP both years. She was the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year her senior season, compiling a 3.35 cumulative GPA as a mathematics major.
Following her UNC Wilmington career, Lea spent five seasons playing professional basketball in Luxembourg and Holland. A two-time Dutch League MVP, she led her teammates to two first division team championships. Lea was a three-time selection to the All-Star team (top five players) and a four-time choice for the All-Star Game, earning the MVP award once. She coached youth club teams in both countries, including the U20 Racing Luxembourg team.
Upon her return to the United States, Lea spent two years as program and facility supervisor for the Danville (Va.) Parks, Recreation and Tourism department. Prior to taking the Duquesne position, Lea was a math teacher and girls’ basketball coach at Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville, N.C. for two seasons. The Buccaneers increased their win total (from the previous season) in both of Lea’s campaigns.
“Coach Lea’s versatility with all positions on the floor will allow her to work with both the post and perimeter players,” Hancock says. “Her competitiveness and drive are evident in her attention to detail and work ethic. She strives to be the best at every task she undertakes. Cherie has been a winner at all stops of her playing career. She finds a way to be successful. Her winning mentality will blend well with the expectations of our program. I am looking forward to working with her as she embarks on a new phase of her bright coaching career.”
Wingate won the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament titles this year, earning the league’s automatic qualification to the NCAA play-offs. The Bulldogs lead the SAC with 12 appearances in the NCAA Division II national tournament. Wingate has an overall NCAA tourney record of 14-13 with Elite Eight appearances in 1995, 1996 and 2008. The Bulldogs have won 11 SAC regular season crowns and seven Food Lion SAC tournament championships.
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th “best value” in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education.
With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. To view current news, video and story ideas, visithttp://www.youtube.com/wingateuniversity.
In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past eight years. For more information, go to http://www.wingate.edu.
Wingate is first among NCAA Division II Academic All-America®-producing colleges in the 2000’s with 67 selections. Among North Carolina’s colleges and universities, Wingate’s 67 Academic All-America® honorees are number one during this millennium. Wingate’s 76 lifetime Academic All-America® picks are tops among all SAC schools. For more information on WU athletics, go to http://www.wingatebulldogs.com.