Oct. 2, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's basketball assistant coach Caronica Randle was honored for her high school athletic accomplishments by being inducted into the Forrest City Athletic Hall of Fame over the weekend in Forrest City, Ark.
"I'm very excited to return home and I'm grateful and honored to be inducted into my hometown's hall of fame," Randle said. "It is definitely a dream come true and I want to encourage all of our youth to never forget where you come from."
The FCHS '03 alumna received numerous awards during her prestigious high school basketball career, including Arkansas Class 5A All-State honors as a senior. She earned all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was named to the Future Arkansas team. She was also a Channel 7 Player of the Week.
During her senior season, she averaged 16.1 points and seven rebounds a game. She shot 54 percent from the field, 72 percent from the free-throw line and 33 percent from the 3-point arc.
In addition to her impressive performances on the court, Randle excelled in the classroom. She was named to the All-Academic team for Arkansas Class 5A, as well as the All-Academic Team for Prep Hoops. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class.
Randle's impressive high school career earned her a full scholarship to play basketball at the University of Central Arkansas. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2008, she joined the women's basketball coaching staff for the Sugar Bears before following coach Matt Daniel to Marshall University in 2012.
"She has been with me since I called my first timeout in college," Daniel said. "She is not only a member of our coaching staff, she is considered a part of our entire family. What an amazing accomplishment for such an amazing person!"
Randle cites her family as a major contribution to her success, and praises her support system in Forrest City.
"Every obstacle and struggle in life is simply preparing you for a greater purpose later in on in life," Randle said. "Keep believing in yourself and never give up on what you love the most!"