Randall to be assistant at Michigan State

Updated: September 17, 2004, 10:55 PM ET
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- San Antonio Silver Stars guard Semeka Randall is walking away from the WNBA to become an assistant coach at Michigan State.

The school made it official Friday, announcing that Randall will head to East Lansing and join the women's coaching staff after playing in her final game Friday night for the Silver Stars.

"I'm excited about a new chapter in my life," Randall said. "I'm walking away from playing the sport but still part of the sport by giving back and helping kids. I've always believed this is what God had in store for me."

Randall was a star guard for Tennessee from 1997 to 2001, earning All-America honors in 1999 and 2000. She was an integral part of Tennessee's 1998 national championship team that went 39-0, averaging 15.9 points as a freshman.

"She brings tremendous credibility as a national championship performer," Michigan State coach Joanne McCallie said. "Her enthusiasm, energy, commitment and focus were absolutely incredible from the very beginning. It was a very easy selection process for me and the staff."

Randall is completing the fourth year of a WNBA career that has included stops in Seattle (2001-02), Utah (2002) and San Antonio (2003-04), and she also played in professional leagues in Israel (2001-02) and Greece (2002-03).