LaQuanda Barksdale Quick joined the Meredith College athletics staff July 1, 2018 as the head women's basketball coach. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Quick played four years with the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels under the direction of Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell. She was drafted into the Women's National Basketball Association in 2001 and completed her professional career overseas.
Quick's 2018-19 team closed out the season with an invitation to the USA South Tournament after winning six of their last 10 conference contests. Inheriting a small roster for her first season with the Avenging Angels, Quick held steady to her plan and led a determined team through a challenging schedule. Sophomore Kimberly Schuh earned All-USA South, All-East, and All-State honors.
Before joining Meredith's staff, Quick helped lead the University of West Florida Argonauts to the program's first Division II Regional Championship and Elite-Eight appearance in 2017 as the assistant women's basketball coach. Her defense ranked no. 1 in the Gulf South Conference for the 2016-2017 season, and three players earned All-Conference honors during her two-year tenure in Florida.
Prior to heading south Quick served one season as assistant coach with the NCAA Division II Winston-Salem State University women's basketball program. With her direction on the defensive end of the court, the Rams finished the season ranked first in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference holding opponents to just 35.7 percent from the field.
Quick began her coaching career as an assistant with both the girls and boys basketball teams at West Forsyth High School and assumed the position of head coach of the varsity girl's program within two years. Under her six-year leadership, the Titans collected three consecutive conference championships.
Quick was a WNBA first-round draft pick for the Portland Fire, playing two years before the team folded and was the 12th pick in the dispersal draft. She played one season for the San Antonio Silver Stars. Quick also played internationally in Israel, China, and Turkey before returning stateside to start a family and pursue a Master of Education.
During her four-year collegiate career with the Tar Heels, then LaQuanda Barksdale earned All-America first team honors in 2001 and was a three-time All-ACC selection. She was named to the All-Tournament team in 2000 and 2001 after leading the ACC in scoring both seasons and was selected to the league's 50th Anniversary team. She was the second-leading scorer in the World University Games in 1999. UNC honored Barksdale's #33 jersey in 2009.
Quick earned a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and received a Master of Education in secondary mathematics from the University of Phoenix.