MURRAY -- Former Lipscomb women's basketball standout Ashley Southern has joined the Murray State women's basketball staff as director of basketball operations, head coach Rechelle Turner announced Friday.

"Ashley is a proven winner on and off the court, and she will be a great mentor to our players and an outstanding addition to our basketball staff," Turner stated.

"Ashley is a perfect fit for our women's basketball culture, and I know she will have a big impact on our success as we strive to win championships."

Southern spent last season as an assistant coach at Division III Berry, which finished 13-13 and 9-5 in the Southern Athletic Association.

Prior to her time there, she spent one year as a professional playing for the BG89 Avides Hurricanes of the German Damen Basketball Bundesliga. Before turning pro, Southern spent three highly successful years as a player at Lipscomb after spending her freshman year at Chattanooga. She earned All-Atlantic Sun honors, the 2014 Newcomer of the Year award and was named to the 2015-16 WBCA "So You Want To Be A Coach" team.

"I am very excited about this opportunity to join coach Turner's staff," Southern said. "Murray State is a great university with both athletic and academic excellence. I am extremely thankful to be a part of this community, and I can't wait to learn from and work with some of the great basketball minds."

Southern has earned her bachelor's degree in health and physical education and master's in integration technology in education.

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