Cunningham, pictured in 2006, returns to Rice to work with former coach Greg Williams
A former Rice University women’s basketball guard returned to her alma mater this year to serve as a video coordinator for the program. Amber Cunningham, who graduated from Rice in 2006 and received a master’s in teaching from USC this year, said she is “excited to return to the women’s basketball program under the tutelage of my former coach, Greg Williams.”
“I am honored to be back at Rice University, and look forward to working with the staff to put together a great season,” she said.
University officials are just as glad for Cunningham’s return.
“We are pleased to bring a former Owl back home as our new video coordinator,” said Williams, who is the WBB program’s head coach.
“Amber completed her excellent Rice playing career with her senior year being my first at Rice. She was a fierce competitor and will bring high energy and enthusiasm back to a program she loves.”
“We are excited to add her to our staff as she pursues her coaching career,” added Williams.
Cunningham played for Rice from 2002-06, and ranks sixth in Rice history in career 3-pointers made. She participated in the 2005 NCAA Tournament for the Owls and two WNIT tournaments. She went on to have a four year career playing professionally in Europe, playing for Viernheim (Germany), Alexandria (Romania), Forssa (Finland), Gotha (Germany) and Sandhausen (Germany).
Starting in 2012, she was an assistant coach for Fairfax High School in her hometown of Los Angeles, Calif., helping the squad to a 24-7 record in 2012-13 and an appearance in the CIF Los Angeles Section Division I Championship Game.