Daedra Charles-Furlow enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Auburn women's basketball program.
Charles-Furlow, a native of Detroit, Mich., comes to Auburn with a diverse experience at both the playing and coaching levels. An assistant coach with the University of Detroit Mercy from 2003-06, Charles-Furlow was a two-time KODAK All-American and a two-time NCAA Champion as a player at Tennessee.
In June 2007 Charles-Furlow was among six inductee's into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (fellow class of 2007 inductee's included Andy Landers, Andrea Lloyd Curry, Pam (Kelly) Flowers, Bridgette Gordon and Mel Greenberg).
While playing for the Lady Vols from 1988-91, she was named the 1991 SEC Female Athlete of the Year and became the first player from the SEC to win the Wade Trophy, the highest honor awarded in college women's basketball.
Despite missing her freshman season at UT due to Prop 48, she finished her career seventh on the UT scoring list (1,495), sixth in rebounding (858) and second in blocked shots (97). Charles-Furlow earned her bachelor's degree in child and family studies in 1991.
She is one of only five Lady Vols to have her number (32) retired, joining Holly Warlick, Bridgette Gordon, Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings. In 2001, she joined Gordon as one of nine inductees into the inaugural class of the Tennessee Lady Vol Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charles-Furlow was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team and was a member of three U.S. National teams (1989, 1992, and 1994). After her collegiate playing days, she went on to compete professionally overseas in Japan, Italy and France from 1991-96, before returning to the States to play for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks in 1997.
Before joining the Titans of Detroit, Charles-Furlow coached at her alma mater, St. dePorres High School, and worked as a supervisor for a center for abused, neglected and delinquent juvenile males.
Charles-Furlow, better known to some as "The Train," is married to Anthony Furlow and is the mother of seven-and-a-half-year old Anthonee.