WASHINGTON - Sahar Nusseibeh, a 2009 American University graduate and former women's basketball student-athlete, has been named the graduate assistant for Cincinnati's women's basketball program.
"It's great that Sahar is able to pursue her dream of becoming a coach. This is an outstanding opportunity for her," said AU Head Coach Matt Corkery. "Sahar was a great leader on our team and she will be a fantastic coach."
Nusseibeh, a native of Uniontown, Ohio, competed all four years for the Eagles, making 116 career appearances with 39 starts. She averaged 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, including a 22 point and 12 rebound performance against Lafayette in 2006. She was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team in 2006, and was an All-Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection in 2006 and 2007.
Off the court at AU, Nusseibeh served as the president of the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She was also a women's basketball team representative to the committee throughout her career.
In addition to Nusseibeh's commitment to AU Athletics, her experiences outside of campus played a key role in getting the job at Cincinnati. This past spring, Nusseibeh took part in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) "So You Want to Be a Coach Program," which gave her the opportunity to meet college coaches and hear about their experiences. The program took place at the Division I Women's Final Four in St. Louis, and was held in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention.
Since her graduation from AU several weeks ago, Nusseibeh has spent time in Colorado working with the United States' Women's Basketball teams. She helped out with both the U-19 team, which is getting set to play in Thailand, and college-aged team that is about to embark for the World University Games in Serbia.
Additionally, the past two summers, Nusseibeh has gained first-hand experience through internships for two different WNBA teams (the Washington Mystics in 2007 and the Atlanta Dream in 2008).
"I'm so thankful and appreciative for this opportunity at Cincinnati," commented Nusseibeh. "It's a great way to get my foot in the door toward my ultimate goals, so I'm going to take it and run with it. I'm looking forward to stepping on Cincinnati's campus, although I'll always be appreciative for the foundation that American provided me the past four years."