Former Lady Tiger, LaSondra Barrettt, Joins LSU Staff
BATON ROUGE – LaSondra Barrett, one of the most versatile players in LSU women’s basketball history, has returned to the school and her Lady Tiger team in the newly created position of Director of Player Development, LSU Lady Tiger Head Coach Nikki Fargas announced on Tuesday.
Barrett returns to LSU after a year at Florida International University (FIU) where she served as assistant women’s basketball coach.
Barrett played at LSU from the 2008-09 through the 2011-12 season, earning two first-team All-SEC selections after being selected the 2009 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year. She earned WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors as a junior in 2011 and senior in 2012. She is one of only two players in school history to tally over 1,500 points, 200 assists, 800 rebounds and 100 steals in a career at LSU (the other Cornelia Gayden, 1991-95).
“We are extremely excited to have LaSondra return to our staff,” said Coach Fargas. “Her passion and work ethic will add to the success of our program. It’s great to have one of our former players back on staff.”
In her new position, Barrett will be the liaison between the team and the Cox Academic Center for Student-Athletes and assisting with such things as student services, media relations, community service and alumni relations.
The native of Jackson, Mississippi and William B. Murrah High School had consistent scoring averages of 11.4 points in 2009, 12.8 points in 2010, 12.2 points in 2011 and 12.8 points in 2012, finishing with 1,553 points, at that time No. 11 on the school scoring list. She finished with 813 rebounds and only 10 players in LSU women’s basketball history have grabbed 800 or more rebounds in their LSU playing days.
The four-year letterwinner was also a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient who graduated from LSU in December 2011 with a degree in sports administration with an emphasis on business commerce.
After graduation she was the No. 10 pick of the first round of the 2012 WNBA Draft, chosen by the Washington Mystics.
Barrett would play professionally in Israel and Australia and would eventually return to LSU to serve for two seasons as a graduate assistant, picking up in 2016 her Masters of Sport Management.
She was selected as LSU’s 2016 SEC Women’s Legend and honored at that year’s conference women’s basketball tournament.