Christine French enters her third season as head women's basketball coach at PSUGA during the 2018-19 season. In her two previous years as head coach, she has worked to bring in young new talent to help build the women's basketball program for success.
The 2017-18 season saw the PSUGA Women's Basketball team finish 4-17 overall including a 4-10 record in conference play. Despite the slow start to the season, the PSUGA Women's Basketball team gained some momentum at the end of the year winning three of their last four games giving them some confidence as they headed towards the off-season. French helped coach Andrea Burroughs to 9.8 rebounds per game which was good for fifth in all of the Penn State University Athletic Conference.
In her first season with the team French started her rebuild of the program with six freshman and only five upper classmen. She was able to lead PSUGA to a 6-16 overall record including a 3-10 record in conference play.
French, 1990 graduate of McKeesport High School, received a four-year basketball scholarship to Duquesne University. At Duquesne, Christine was named 1994 Female Student-Athlete of the Year as well as First-Team All-Academic in Black Issues in Education Magazine.
After graduating from Duquesne University in 1994 with a degree in elementary/special education, French returned to her Alma Mater and served as teacher and assistant basketball coach for 5 ½ years. Christine was promoted to head coach taking over for the legendary Coach Gerald “Puddin” Grayson. Serving as head coach for another 5 ½ years, French started McKeesport High School Girls Basketball Summer League and Coach French’s Hoop Camp.
Christine left high school basketball and began coaching AAU starting her own club, PA Lil Ballers, for four years before joining Courttime Sports Center (CTS). At Courttime Sport Center, the veteran coached many different teams at many different age groups before now serving as both the Program Director and coach of a junior high and high school elite team.
Coach French has been back in the WPIAL state of mind as the local led Woodland Hills High School Girls Varsity Basketball team for two seasons prior to her tenure at PSUGA. French's passion for the game has never faded over the past 23 years. French stated, "I am very excited to share my wealth of experience at the collegiate level."