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A legend returns: Goss named to women's basketball staff

September 13, 2016

Returning to the place where her playing career flourished, DeAirra Goss will rejoin the women's basketball team for the 2016-17 season, as announced by head coach Austin Parkinson earlier this month. Goss will make the transition from player to coaching staff, assuming the role of director of basketball operations.

DeAirra Goss, a former basketball star at IUPUI, returns to the Jungle as director of basketball operations

DeAirra Goss, a former basketball star at IUPUI, returns to the Jungle as director of basketball operations.

"We are thrilled to welcome back DeAirra Goss, one of the all-time greats at IUPUI, to our Jaguar coaching staff," Parkinson said. "I've always thought DeAirra would make an excellent coach based on her outstanding work ethic, competitive spirit and drive to make those around her better."

A native of Indianapolis, Goss transferred to IUPUI from Western Michigan following her sophomore season. While a member of the Jags, Goss helped lead the team to a pair of Women's National Invitation Tournament appearances, the first in team history, and was selected first-team All-Summit League her senior season after averaging 17.4 points per game against Summit League opponents. In total, Goss appeared and started in 65 games for the Jaguars, averaging 13.7 points per game on a .426 shooting percentage.

"It's really difficult for me to put into words how excited I am to join the IUPUI women's basketball staff," Goss said. "Coach Parkinson has given me an amazing opportunity to get back into the basketball world, and I'm eager to begin this journey."

Goss' other accomplishments as a player include being named a second-team All Summit League and All-Newcomer selection her junior year as well as the Summit League's Player of the Week three times during her senior campaign. Against Central Michigan during her senior year, Goss scored 19 points, helping the Jaguars pick up their first-ever postseason victory in the first round of the 2014 WNIT.

Goss made her mark on the university by leading the Lady Jaguars to a pair of Women's National Invitation Tournament appearances, the first in team history, and was first-team All-Summit League her senior season after averaging 17.4 points per game against Summit League opponents.

Goss made her mark on the university by leading the Lady Jaguars to a pair of Women's National Invitation Tournament appearances, the first in team history, and was first-team All-Summit League her senior season after averaging 17.4 points per game against Summit League opponents.

"Having a former player on staff who has knowledge of our system and the Summit League and can relate to the current players based on her own experiences will only add value to our coaching staff," Coach Parkinson said. 

Goss played in high school at Ben Davis, where she led her team to a perfect 30-0 mark as a senior during the 2008-09 season, winning the IHSAA state championship. She was captain of the team that earned a number-one ranking in USA Today's Top 25 poll, and was named an All-State selection in addition to playing in the North-South All-Star game and the City-County All-Star Game.

"I pray that I can help these young women achieve the goals they've placed before themselves," Goss continued. "I can honestly say I feel as if the Jungle is my second home, and I couldn't be happier to return."

Last season, the Jags finished 21-11 while compiling an 11-5 mark against Summit League opponents.  IUPUI advanced to its third WNIT in program history, all coming under Coach Parkinson.

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