Girls Basketball: McAuley lands former All-American as coach

Story Image Ashley Luke-Clanton

Updated: July 7, 2012 8:42AM

Mother McAuley athletic director Laurie Jakubczak said Ashley Luke-Clanton filled the bill experience-wise as the choice to be the new Mighty Macs basketball coach.

Being an all-American didn’t hurt, either.

Clanton, 31, takes over the position from Karen Ade, who resigned after the 2011-12 season with a 106-51 record and four regional titles.

In five seasons at Danville, Clanton, a three-time Street & Smith’s All-American at Waubonsie Valley High School, was 54-84 with one regional crown.

“It was a little different down there,” Clanton said. “It’s a town where a lot of people are proud to be from. But as far as girls basketball, they’re a little down. We struggled at times. We’ve been trying to get them back to being respectable, and I think we’ve done that.

“When I came in and interviewed (at McAuley) I had such a great feeling, like it was a perfect fit. Obviously, the reputation at McAuley is excellent. I know they’re going to be hard-working kids. I’m excited to get in there and work with them.”

As a point guard, she was a winner, first at Waubonsie Valley, and then at Penn State and DePaul.

At Waubonsie Valley, Clanton was a four-year all-conference player and four-time Aurora Beacon News Player of the Year. Her 437 three-pointers made is second in the state record book. As a freshman at Penn State, she was a member of the Nittany Lions’ 2000 Final Four squad. During her junior and senior seasons, she played on two DePaul teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

Clanton also played professionally for one season in Ireland before taking her first coaching job as an assistant to former Marian Catholic coach Shannon Reidy at Loyola University.

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