Dinkins, a California native, comes to Fresno State after two seasons coaching at Idaho State
The Fresno State women's basketball team traveled down under to Australia for an 11-day preseason tour.
Laura Dinkins enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Fresno State women's basketball program. She was hired on April 28, 2014.
Dinkins, who is originally from Rialto, Calif., comes to Fresno State after serving two seasons as an assistant coach for the Idaho State women's basketball team.
At ISU, she coached four players that earned All-Big Sky honors and 11 student-athletes that were named to the Big Sky All-Academic team in her two seasons. In her first year there, Dinkins helped guide the Bengals to an 18-13 season and into the postseason with a WNIT appearance.
Prior to coaching at Idaho State, Dinkins spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona, her alma mater.
She had a very successful playing career at NAU (2003-08) and in professional basketball over in Europe.
At NAU, Dinkins was named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year her junior season and was selected second-team all-conference as a senior. She is second all-time at NAU with 714 rebounds in a career and second for rebounds in a single-season with 252 as a senior in 2007-08. She also played a program record 1,144 minutes during the 2007-08 season.
She was a member of the 2005-06 team that won NAU's first Big Sky Championship, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Dinkins played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe after graduating from NAU. She played in Germany for the Chem Cats, helping the team earn a Division II Championship, and also played a season in The Netherlands for the Perik Jumpers.
Dinkins is originally from Rialto, Calif. She earned her undergraduate degree in health sciences from Northern Arizona in 2008.
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