Former University of Southern Maine women's basketball student-athlete and current Appalachian State University head women's basketball coach Angel Elderkin recently shared her battle with Stage 3 Endometrial Cancer with The Players' Tribune, and details how the sport has helped her fight the disease since being diagnosed in 2016.
Elderkin was named the eighth head coach in Appalachian State University women's basketball history on Oct. 1, 2014. She arrived at Appalachian State from LSU, where she spent two of the last three seasons (2013-14 — assistant coach; 2011-12 — director of video operations). She has also served on the staffs at St. John's (2012-13), Virginia (2007-11), Tennessee (2005-07), Siena (2001-05) and East Tennessee State (1999-2001).
As a guard at USM, Elderkin was a four-year letterwinner (1995-99) and helped lead the Huskies to three Little East Conference championships and an astounding 104-15 record over four seasons. USM reached the NCAA Division III Tournament all four seasons and was the national runner-up in 1998.
A two-time recipient of the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award, Elderkin also lettered three times in softball. She was inducted into the New England Hall of Fame as a member of the 1997-98 Southern Maine basketball squad in 2004.
Elderkin earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Southern Maine in 1999 with a minor in education.