La'Keshia Meredith, a four-time All-SEC performer for Georgia and seven-year standout in the WNBA as the former La'Keshia Frett, joined the Lady Bulldog staff in October 2005. She served as an assistant coach with the Lady Bulldogs for six seasons before transitioning to become the program's director of basketball operations in May 2011.
"I'm always impressed by people who want to expand their knowledge of the inner workings of college athletics," Andy Landers said. "That is precisely what La'Keshia is striving to do. It's understating the obvious that it's a tremendous relief to me that La'Keshia will be assuming this role. She has been an asset to our program for a long time, and we're fortunate to have someone with Keshia's qualifications and broad understanding of our operations in that position."
As a player, Meredith enjoyed remarkable success at the prep, collegiate and professional levels. She was the 1993 National Prep Player of the Year and then helped lead Georgia to back-to-back Final Four appearances and consecutive SEC titles. Within the professional ranks, her teams advanced to the WNBA playoffs in six of her seven seasons in the league.
While at Georgia, Meredith was the 1994 SEC Freshman of the Year and was named All-SEC by league coaches each of her four years, earning first-team recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior.
She was a Naismith All-America pick as a junior and earned All-America recognition from Naismith, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press (third team) as a senior in 1997. All told, Frett helped lead Georgia to a combined 98-27 (.784) record from 1993-97.
"Frett" is still a frequent name within the Georgia records. Most notably, she still is No. 6 in scoring (1,980) and No. 8 in rebounds (842) among careeer leaders.
In 1997, Meredith was a first-round draft pick in the ABL, where she played two seasons for the Philadelphia Rage. She then was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. Over the next seven summers, Meredith played for the Sparks (1999-00), the Sacramento Monarchs (2001-03), the Charlotte Sting (2004) and the Liberty (2004-05). All but one of the teams has reached the playoffs, including trips to the Western Conference Finals in 1999, 2000 and 2003. She also played overseas in Hungary, Israel, Korea and Spain.
Meredith was a three-time All-American at Phoebus High School and then headlined one of the most celebrated recruiting classes in women's hoops history that featured five of USA Today's top-20 prospects in the nation. Meredith and her classmates Kedra Holland-Corn and Tracy Henderson went on to become three of the top-15 overall picks in the 1997 ABL Draft, the first draft conducted when professional women's basketball emerged in the U.S. following the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.