St. Francis is delighted to welcome former WNBA star Dominique Canty to the role of Upper School girls basketball program head coach.
Canty played in the WNBA for 14 seasons—four seasons with the Detroit Shock, four with the Houston Comets, five with the Chicago Sky, and her final season with the Washington Mystics. In addition, she played 10 seasons of professional basketball overseas. During her stellar professional basketball career, she played in 380 games, averaging 7.3 points and 2.5 assists per game. She ranked in the top 10 in games played during three WNBA seasons, and she had two seasons of top 10 rankings in assists per game and assist percentage.
After retiring from professional basketball, Canty—who is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine—served two seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Chicago State University before coming to St. Francis.
"I believe God gave me this talent for a reason and allowed me to showcase my talent in the U.S. and overseas," Canty said. "Now that I am retired, I want to share the knowledge and talent that God has given me."
She added that her favorite thing about coaching is "seeing the look on a player's face after accomplishing something they did not think they were capable of doing. One of the best feelings in the world is to motivate, encourage, and instill confidence in a player."
Canty played multiple sports growing up, but ultimately pursued basketball—and played at the highest level. Still one of the most decorated players in Crimson Tide basketball history, she is the University of Alabama's all-time leading scorer—male or female—with 2,294 points. In her senior year at Alabama, she was named First-Team All-American by the Associated Press and The Sporting News.On behalf of the entire St. Francis community—welcome, Coach Canty, to our Upper School athletics team!