Daedra Charles
Personal information
Born(1968-11-22)November 22, 1968
Detroit, Michigan
DiedApril 14, 2018(2018-04-14) (aged 49)
Detroit, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight141 lb (64 kg)
Career information
High schoolSaint Martin de Porres
(Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeTennessee (1988–1991)
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
As player:
1994–1995Tarbes Gespe Bigorre
1997Los Angeles Sparks
As coach:
2003–2006Detroit (assistant)
2006–2008Auburn (assistant)
2008–2010Tennessee (assistant)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Daedra Janel Charles (November 22, 1968 – April 14, 2018) was an American women's basketball player and assistant coach at Tennessee. She was a member of the United States women's national basketball team that claimed the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Charles attended the University of Tennessee. She twice helped Tennessee win the NCAA Women's Championship in 1989 and 1991. Charles was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

USA Basketball

Charles was named to the national team invited to compete at the 1992 Olympics, held in Barcelona, Spain. The USA team won their first three games, but then played the Unified Team and fell, 79–73. The USA team then faced Cuba for the bronze medal. The game was tied at halftime, and Cuba had a small lead midway through the second half, but the USA went on a run to retake the lead, and finished with an 88–74 victory and the bronze medal. Charles averaged 6.2 points per game.[1]

Charles continued to represent the USA on the national team when it competed in the 1994 World Championships in Sydney, Australia. The team was coached by Tara VanDerveer. The team won their early games. Against Spain, Charles led the USA scorers with 18 points, helping secure the win. She also contributed 22 points to a win against the host team Australia. The team then advanced to the medal rounds and faced Brazil. Despite 29 points from Katrina McClain, the USA fell 110–107 when Brazil hit ten of ten free throws in the final minute. The USA went on to defeat Australia 100–95 to claim the bronze medal.[2]

Awards and honors

Tennessee statistics


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
1989 Tennessee 37 363 53.9% 56.7% 6.7 0.7 1.5 0.6 9.8
1990 Tennessee 33 525 55.1% 56.1% 8.7 0.8 1.6 1.1 15.9
1991 Tennessee 35 607 56.1% 58.5% 9.2 1.2 2.1 1.1 17.3
Career 105 1495 55.2% 57.2% 8.2 0.9 1.8 0.9 14.2


Charles died from undisclosed reasons on April 14, 2018, aged 49.[5]


  1. ^ "Games of the XXVth Olympiad -- 1992". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Twelvth [sic] World Championship For Women -- 1994". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on October 13, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "Women's Basketball Finest" (PDF). fs.ncaa.org. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Former Tennessee Lady Vols basketball star Daedra Charles-Furlow dies at 49