Octavia Blue begins her third season as an assistant coach for the Georgia Tech women's basketball program in 2011-12.
The Yellow Jackets have earned an at-large berth in each of her two seasons with the Yellow Jackets.
During Blue's second season at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets won a school-record 24 games and earned their fifth straight NCAA Tournament bid, advancing to the second round before falling to Ohio State in Columbus.
In her first season on the Flats, Blue helped the Yellow Jackets to their fourth straight 20-win season and their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance. She helped with the development of Brigitte Ardossi, who finished with one of the best season's in Georgia Tech history and was drafted in the second round of the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream.
Blue comes to Georgia Tech from St. John's in Queens, N.Y., where she spent the 2008-09 campaign. During her tenure, Blue was responsible for recruiting, post-player development and scouting.
Prior to St. John's, Blue enjoyed one season at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla., as an assistant coach. She worked on the development of post players and assisted head coach Robin Harmony with game planning and preparation.
Before taking her position at St. Thomas, Blue was the executive director of player relations for the Merit Management Group, which is a sports management company for professional athletes. She assisted in the supervision of athletes' careers, coordinated WNBA exposure camps, scouted for professional talent and negotiated player contracts.
Blue has extensive experience and knowledge of the game of basketball, dating to her playing career at the University of Miami from 1994-98. She was a two-time All-American, a three-time All-BIG EAST selection and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in Hurricane history with 1,724 points. In her senior campaign at Miami, she earned All-BIG EAST first team honors, averaging a team-high 19.2 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.
After her decorated collegiate career, she was the 15th overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 1998 WNBA draft. She had a long-tenured professional career from 1998-2006, which included playing for two WNBA teams (Sparks and Houston Comets) and playing internationally with clubs in Greece, Israel, France, Turkey and Poland.
"MaChelle Joseph has hit a grand slam home run in hiring Octavia Blue as an assistant women's basketball coach at Georgia Tech," said Van Chancellor, former Houston Comets head coach. "Octavia is extremely team oriented, very loyal and displays tremendous character. When I was coaching the Houston Comets, Octavia Blue was just one of my favorite people because of how much she added to our team. I don't have any doubt in my mind that she will make a difference in the Georgia Tech program."
Blue received her bachelor's degree in sociology/sports management from Miami in 2007. In 2008, she was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame and she was selected by the Atlantic Coast Conference as an ACC/Miami Legend.