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Tufts' Newest Shooting Star

Tufts' Newest Shooting StarA member of UConn's undefeated national championship basketball team will head Tufts' women's basketball program next season.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [06.20.02] Carla Berube knows how to win basketball games. As a player at the University of Connecticut, she made two trips to the Final Four and helped secure a national championship for UConn's undefeated team in 1995. Now a young coach, Berube will bring her basketball knowledge and love for the game to Tufts, as the new head coach of the University's women's basketball team.

"I really wanted to go to a Division III school," Berube told The Boston Globe. "Tufts is the biggest school in this league, and I love Boston."

She also loves basketball, and was looking for a team where the players share her passion. Tufts was the perfect fit.

"I'm very excited," she said. "I want to coach student-athletes and players who have the love and passion for the game like I do."

With that passion comes a desire to win. And Tufts' Athletics Director Bill Gehling believes Berube can build a strong team at Tufts.

"Carla was a tremendous competitor as a player who played at the highest level in college and professionally," Gehling said. "In addition, she is a talented young coach with a contagious passion for the game. We are extremely excited to have her join our staff."

Selected from a pool of nearly 100 applicants, Berube has an impressive resume.

A 6-foot forward, Berube graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1997. She played on the Huskies' 1995 undefeated national championship team and went on to be drafted by the New England Blizzard of the American Basketball League.

When the ABL folded a year later, Berube set her sights on coaching. For the past two years, she has worked as an assistant women's basketball coach at Providence College.

"Most of who I am as a coach came from what I learned at UConn under coach (Geno) Auriemma and Coach (Chris) Dailey," she said. "We were taught to be proud of ourselves. Each player had a role in our system. The person who played 40 minutes a game was no different than the person who played one minute."

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