News on D-I women’s basketball coaching changes and other coaching-related items in the spring and summer of 2019, posted in reverse chronological order.
New Georgia Southern head coach Anita Howard names her third assistant coach: Josh Cooperwood.
Cooperwood comes to Statesboro from fellow Sun Belt Conference school UL Monroe, where he served as an assistant coach for the Warhawks for the 2018-19 season. He also has previous stops at Mississippi Valley State (2017-18) and at NC Central (2016-17).
The new Arkansas–Pine Bluff head coach is Dawn Brown, who was associate head coach at Jacksonville last season and has also been the head coach at Prairie View A&M.
Brown will be officially introduced Tuesday at a 1 p.m. press conference at the Arkansas At Pine Bluff STEM Academy Building, located on the UAPB Campus on L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and Watson Blvd.
Brown, who won the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship while leading Prairie View A&M University and is a former SWAC student-athlete, comes to UAPB after spending the previous season as associate head coach at Jacksonville University of the Atlantic Sun Conference. In 2017-18, Brown was head coach at Division II Shorter University of the Gulf South Conference.
Brown spent six seasons at Prairie View A&M (2010-16) as a part of the winningest era in program history. As an assistant coach, the Lady Panthers won SWAC Tournament Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013, advancing to the NCAA Tournament every year.
Michigan fills its staff opening with Toyelle Wilson, who will serve as recruiting coordinator/assistant coach. She was on the Baylor staff the last six seasons and was head coach at Prairie View A&M before that.
University of Michigan women’s basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico announced the addition of Toyelle Wilson as the recruiting coordinator/assistant coach on Monday (May 20). Wilson spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor and was the head coach at Prairie View A&M for three years.
“I am so excited with the addition of Toyelle to our program,” Barnes Arico said. “She brings so much experience with her and knows what it takes to win. She has won at every level she has been at, as a player, a head coach and an assistant coach. Bringing that national championship mindset to the players in our program will only help us continue to grow.
“We have known each other for a long time, both being Jersey girls who come from similar backgrounds and worked our way up. She has an ability to connect with people and build lasting relationships. She is really going to help us on the recruiting trail with her experience of recruiting top players from all over the country. She brings such energy, enthusiasm and knowledge with her on court that I know our players are going to love working with and learning from her.”
“I am extremely blessed and excited to begin this new chapter in my coaching career in Ann Arbor,” Wilson said. “I love what Coach Arico is doing at Michigan. She is well respected in the coaching community and I can’t wait to be a part of something special. I want to come in and bring energy, passion and national championship pedigree to this already successful program.”
New North Dakota State head coach Jory Collins names his third assistant coach: Brooke Costley.
North Dakota State women’s basketball head coach Jory Collins has named Brooke Costley an assistant coach.
Costley spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at Emporia State. Prior to her time as a graduate assistant, Costley spent two seasons as a student assistant coach at Emporia State after her playing career was cut short due to injury after two years. Costley also spent two years as a coach in the Missouri Phenom AAU program.
New Western Carolina head coach Heather Kearney has named her first assistant coach: Stacia Robertson.
Robertson served as the Director of Basketball Operations alongside Kearney at High Point University from 2016 until 2018. She returned to High Point where she was a standout four-year player after playing professionally overseas for two years. Robertson played for the Bendigo Braves in the Southeastern Australia Basketball League in 2015 and Anadolu Universitesi in the Turkish League in 2016.
Robertson stepped away from collegiate athletics for a year working at Bankers Life as an insurance agent in Greensboro, N.C., before deciding to re-enter the coaching ranks at Western Carolina on Kearney’s staff.
Washington State hires two new assistant coaches: Jason Chainey, former coach in the WNBL in Australia, and Camille Williams, most recently head coach at the Academy of Art and former assistant coach at Nevada, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal.
Rounding out her staff to full strength for the upcoming 2019-20 season, Washington State women’s basketball head coach Kamie Ethridge has officially announced the hiring of Jason Chainey and Camille Williams as assistant coaches. . . .
Coming to the Palouse from Parkinson, Queensland, Australia, Chainey has spent over two decades coaching at the highest levels in Australian professional basketball. Most recently, Chainey was an assistant coach with the Adelaide Lightning in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). The stint with the lightning would be his second stop in the WNBL after spending five years with the Logan Thunder including four years as the team’s head coach. In 2013, Chainey’s work on the bench would earn him recognition as a finalist for the WNBL Coach of the Year award. Additionally, Chainey spent his final two years with the Thunder coaching the likes of Koehn who was winding down an 11-year professional career. . . .
Having spent 18 years on the bench at various programs, Williams comes to the Palouse from the Bay Area of California where she last spent one season as the head coach at the Academy of Art University. In one season with the Urban Knights, Williams recruited All-PacWest Team Honorable Mention Lily Perkins as well as Chanel Stuart who finished the year the second-leading scorer in the conference among freshman. Prior to ART U, Williams spent one season as the director of basketball operations at San Francisco after a nine year stretch at Nevada. During her tenure at Nevada as an assistant and later the associate head coach, Williams helped coach the Wolf Pack to their first postseason win in program history in the 2011 WNIT. In addition, Williams was directly responsible for the development of a pair of WNBA draft picks in the post including two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Mimi Mungedi (Tulsa Shock) and Tahnee Robinson (Connecticut Sun). Prior to Nevada, Williams assisted with guard and post player development and defense, served as the co-recruiting coordinator at UC Santa Barbara for three seasons. Williams’ move to the Pac-12 will not be her first stint in the conference as she cut her teeth for six years as an assistant coach at California from 2000-05.
Named to new Bucknell head coach Trevor Woodruff‘s staff is Taylor Coleman, who was also on his staff at the University of Scranton.
Taylor Coleman has been named an assistant coach on the Bucknell women’s basketball staff by first-year Bison head coach Trevor Woodruff. Coleman comes to Lewisburg after spending the past two seasons on Woodruff’s coaching staff at the University of Scranton, helping the Royals win back-to-back Landmark Conference titles.
“We are excited to add Taylor to what’s shaping up as a great coaching staff here at Bucknell,” Woodruff said. “In addition to our familiarity, having seen her ability to coach and recruit the past two seasons made her a priority hire.”
Brandy Manning joins Nell Fortner‘s staff at Georgia Tech as an assistant coach, having most recently served on the Cal State Northridge staff.
Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach Nell Fortner announced today Brandy Manning has joined the Yellow Jackets staff as assistant coach. Manning spent the last three years at California State University, Northridge, in the same role.
“Brandy has strong Georgia roots having been a graduate of Clark Atlanta. To have him back in the state of Georgia with those Georgia roots is good for Georgia Tech and this program,” commented Fortner. “Brandy has done an outstanding job in his career, working with some outstanding head coaches at Central Florida, Arizona, USC and Cal Northridge. He has tremendous experience in player development and a wide recruiting base.”
Marcus Reilly has joined the Bryant staff as an assistant coach.
Reilly spent the last eight seasons with the University of Rhode Island as both the assistant, associate, and interim head coach. During his time at URI, Reilly coached multiple All A-10 selections as well as an All A-10 Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player of the Year.