Karen Blair, 1999 SMU graduate, is entering her ninth season as an assistant coach at her alma mater. Blair is responsible for the development of perimeter players and also is heavily involved in recruiting and scouting opponents. Blair serves as the community service and education administration liaison for the Mustangs.
"I fell in love with SMU the day I stepped on the campus," Blair said. "What drew me to SMU is what keeps me here now. SMU offers a top-notch private education, a beautiful campus located in Dallas and a successful basketball program with a family atmosphere."
Prior to joining the SMU staff in August 1999, Blair -- a four-year letterwinner for the Mustangs (1995-99) -- played an integral part in helping to establish a winning tradition at SMU. She helped lead the Mustangs to NCAA Tournament berths during the 1995-96, 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons and helped guide SMU to the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Championship.
A two-year team captain and three-year starter at point guard for SMU, Blair finished her playing career ranked second all-time in assists (462), third in steals (211) and fourth in three-point field goals made (97). Blair is a three-time Academic All-WAC honoree and earned second-team All-WAC honors in 1998. In her four years as a player, SMU posted an overall record of 79-41.
In May of 1999, Blair earned a bachelor's degree of business administration in marketing and organizational business behavior policy, graduating cum laude.
A native of Augusta, Mich., Blair graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1995. She was inducted into the Gull Lake High School Hall of Fame in 2001.