Caroline McCombs is in her second season as an assistant coach at Auburn. She came to Auburn with head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy prior to the 2012-13 season. She serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and works with the perimeter players.
McCombs has 14 years of experience as an assistant coach at Valparaiso, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Auburn. She has 10 postseason appearances in those 14 seasons, including nine conference championships.
In her first season at Auburn, she helped guide the Tigers to 19 wins, the most in four years, and an appearance in the Women's NIT quarterfinals. Auburn set a school record with 402 steals during the 2012-13 season while forcing 701 turnovers, a mark that ranks second all-time on The Plains.
In her time as an assistant coach at Valparaiso, Pittsburgh and Northwestern, McCombs has helped lead teams to nine postseason appearances and five NCAA Tournaments, including two trips to the Sweet 16.
McCombs came to Auburn after two years as an assistant coach at Northwestern. While at Northwestern, she helped coach the team to a WNIT appearance in 2011 and assisted in recruiting a top-25 class to the program.
While at Pitt, McCombs helped coach the team to five-straight post-season appearances from 2005-10, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament with back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 2008 and 2009. She also coached Shavonte Zellous, who went on to earn All-America honors and was the 11th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft.
Before going to Pitt, McCombs spent six seasons at then-Mid-Continent member Valparaiso, the first five as assistant coach and the last as associate head coach. During that time, she helped the Crusaders to five seasons of 18 or more wins, two conference championships and three postseason appearances, including back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2004.
While at Valparaiso, she helped the team with its biggest turnaround, going from a 7-22 season in 2000-01 to a 26-7 mark in the 2001-02 season. The biggest single-season turnaround in the NCAA that season, the Crusaders capped it off with a conference championship and a trip to the WNIT Quarterfinals.
McCombs also made sure her teams at Valparaiso got their work done in the classroom. In addition to their work on the court, Valparaiso earned a spot among the WBCA Academic Top 25 teams from 1999-2004.
McCombs, a native of Medina, Ohio, graduated from Youngstown State in 1998 with a degree in dietetics. While attending Youngstown State, McCombs earned an impressive list of accomplishments for the Penguins' basketball team, including places on the Mid-Continent Conference Second Team in 1996 and 1998, and on the Mid-Continent All-Tournament Team three consecutive years from 1996-98.
She also left her mark in the record books at Youngstown State. At guard she started 112-of-115 career games and scored 1,577 career points, finishing her career as the school's sixth-leading scorer. McCombs is also among the school leaders with 146 career three-pointers, 493 assists, and 236 steals.
After McCombs graduated from Youngstown State, she played European professional women's basketball, competing in the Czech Basketball Federation and European Cup in 1998. She continued her education, receiving her master's degree from Valparaiso in 2001.
In April 2011, McCombs was inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame in Ohio. It was an honor she is familiar with, having been enshrined into the Youngstown State Athletics Hall of Fame in October, 2008.