Texas Southern names Wells-Broughton coach

HOUSTON -- Former LSU assistant Yolanda Wells-Broughton was hired Wednesday as the women's baskeball coach at Texas Southern.

Wells-Broughton will replace Surina Dixon, who was hired in March but released June 30 after a contract dispute with athletic director Charles McClelland. Dixon replaced Claude Cummings, who was fired after TSU went 8-20 last season.

Wells-Broughton worked last season under Van Chancellor, helping lead LSU to its fifth straight Final Four appearance. She was an assistant at TCU from 2004-07. The Horned Frogs went 63-33 and reached the NCAA tournament in each of her three seasons.

She was previously an assistant at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. The Lady Cardinals went 36-0 in 2003-04 and won the junior-college national championship.

Wells-Broughton, a Houston native, played at Grambling from 1993-95, earning All-Conference honors and helping the school earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1994.

"It's a blessing to have the opportunity to come back to my hometown and coach," she said. "All of my family members are excited about my return. I'm not looking at this as a challenge, but an opportunity to raise the bar and take the program to new heights."