Fenwick High School didn’t have to look far to find a replacement for girls basketball coach Dave Power, who retired at the end of the season when the Friars bowed out of the IHSA Class 3A state tournament in the supersectional round.
Lenae Fergerson, who served as an assistant on Power’s staff, was announced on April 27 as the new head girls basketball coach. She’s just the second person to hold this position in the school’s history. Power started the girls program in 1992 when Fenwick went co-ed.
“I am honored and excited to be a part of Friar Nation,” said Fergerson in a press release issued by the school. “I look forward to continuing the success of the girls basketball program and helping to lead, teach and inspire our athletes on and off the court.”
Before arriving at Fenwick, Fergerson worked and coached at Addison Trail and Willowbrook High Schools between 2015 and 2021.
“We are very excited to have Lenae Fergerson leading the girls basketball program at Fenwick,” said Fenwick Athletic Director Scott Thies in the press release. “Coach Fergerson’s student-centered approach and ability to bring out the best in her players really stand out. We look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in girls’ basketball established by Coach Power and so many former Friars.”
Fergerson (nee Williams) had a stellar playing career at DePaul University in Chicago. She played under legendary coach Doug Bruno from 1998 through 2002 and merited honorable mention on the Associated Press All-American team her senior season.
Her 2,046 career points is good for fourth on the Blue Demons’ all-time list, and Fergerson is just one of four players in the program’s history to score at least 2,000 points. She made the All-Conference USA team in 2001 (second team) and 2002 (first team).
Fergerson was drafted by the Detroit Shock in the 2002 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft and played for the Phoenix Mercury. Then she embarked on a lengthy overseas playing career with stops in France, Greece, Israel, Italy and Slovakia.
She led the Greek league in scoring from 2004 to 2006 and was top 10 in scoring in France from 2007 to 2014.
Fergerson met her husband, David, while playing overseas. The couple has two daughters.