Cherie (pronounced sha-REE) Cordoba enters her fifth season at Buffalo and her first season as associate head coach for the UB women's basketball team in 2018-19. Cordoba spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana University and two seasons at Hofstra University under Coach Jack, helping transform both programs in a short period of time.
Since Cordoba joined the Bulls coaching staff prior to the 2014-15 season, Buffalo has compiled a record of 107-46 (.699) while earning the first two trips to the NCAA Tournament and the first NCAA Tournament victories in school history.
The Australia native saw the Bulls finish off their best season in program history in 2017-18 as they were able to post a school record 29-6 record while earning an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament while picking up back-to-back upset victories in the tournament. The Bulls were also able to earn their first ever national ranking as they ranked #21 in the country to close out the season.
The potent UB attack was able to post a school record 2,732 points (78.1 PPG) while connecting on a school-best 230 three-pointers. The unselfish Bulls were also able to record a program record 633 assists as Cordoba's key recruit, fellow Australian Stephanie Reid, broke the school record for career assists as she notched 681 career helpers over her illustrious career.
Under Cordoba's watch, the Bulls saw a school record three players earn Second Team All-MAC honors as Stephanie Reid, Cierra Dillard and Cassie Oursler were each honored. Outside the basketball court, the Bulls saw a program record seven student-athletes earn a spot on the Academic All-MAC squad.
After the successful 2017-18 campaign, Buffalo saw a pair of players sign professional contracts as Stephanie Reid signed in Australia and Cassie Oursler signed in Spain.
The 2016-17 season turned out to be another strong campaign for Cordoba and the Bulls as she helped lead UB to a 22-win season. Cordoba's quartet of Australian-born players played a key role in the Bulls success as Stephanie Reid earned All-MAC Defensive Team honors while setting the Bulls all-time assists record for a single season with 233 helpers last season. Courtney Wilkins, Katherine Ups and Liisa Ups each provided UB with depth that helped the Bulls move on to the MAC semifinals for the second straight season.
Cordoba helped guide the Bulls to a historic season in 2015-16 as the Bulls earned their first ever Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA appearance. The Bulls entered the tournament as the eight-seed and downed the previous three MAC champions en route to becoming the lowest seed to ever win the conference championship.
The Austrailian native has been very crucial in the recruiting of multiple foreign players for the Bulls as UB had seven players from outside the United States on the roster in 2015-16. Most notably, Cordoba was a key player in the recruitment of the four Australian players on the Buffalo roster, All-MAC performer Stephanie Reid, Katherine Ups, Liisa Ups and Courtney Wilkins.
During 2014-15, Cordoba helped UB turn in a great season on the court and it was culminated by an invitation to play in the Women's National Invitation Tournament against eventual WNIT runner-up, West Virginia. The WNIT appearance was the first in program history as UB posted its first 19-win season since 2000-01 and as a four seed, earned just its second trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals in program history.
While with the Hoosiers from 2006-08, Cordoba (formerly Cherie Hogg) helped guide the team to 37 combined wins with postseason WNIT victories in both seasons. During Legette-Jack and Cordoba's two years at Hofstra, the Pride advanced to the 2006 WNIT and Hofstra ranked in the CAA's top three in nearly every statistical category.
Cordoba came to Hofstra after two years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, UNLV. She played a large role in several areas of the Rebel program, including scouting, recruiting, compliance, academic liaison and summer camps. She was also the Director of Summer Camps at UNLV. Cordoba served as an assistant coach at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, in 1994-95.
Prior to Cordoba's tenure as a UNLV assistant coach, she played professional basketball in her native Australia, as well as Holland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. While playing in Australia, she helped the Adelaide Lightning to a national championship in 1996. In 2000-01, she led the Rhondda Rebels in Wales, United Kingdom to a 37-1 record and National League, National Playoff and National Cup titles. Cordoba followed that season by helping Puig Den Valls in Ibiza, Spain, to a 30-2 record and the Premier Division championship in 2001-02.
Her professional playing career also included coaching stints with youth programs affiliated with her professional clubs in Holland and Australia. Additionally, she served as a police officer for the South Australian Police Department from 1997-2000.
Cordoba enjoyed a stellar playing career at UNLV that culminated with the Rebels appearing in the 1994 NCAA Tournament. Just the fourth player in school history to record 100 assists and 100 steals in the same season, Cordoba still holds UNLV single-season marks for steals (129) and three-point field goal percentage (.456) and the single-game record for steals (11). She recorded 319 career assists at UNLV. Cordoba was an honorable mention all-league selection as a junior and first-team pick as a senior.
A 1994 UNLV graduate with a bachelor's degree in athletic training, Cordoba was the 1992 California JUCO Player of the Year at Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA. She began her basketball career as a member of the Australian "train-on" teams from 1986-88 and earned an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship in 1988.
Joining her in Buffalo is her husband Jai, daughter Jet and son Kruze.