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.
Bridgette Gordon has joined the SMU staff as an assistant coach. In the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, Gordon was an assistant at Tennessee the last two seasons.
Head coach Travis Mays announced the addition of Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Bridgette Gordon to the coaching staff Monday. Gordon was one of the most prolific student athletes in the history of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball program. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, won an Olympic gold medal in 1988 and is a two-time NCAA national champion.
“Coach Bridgette has obtained success at every level of our game,” Mays explained. “She is passionate about helping young women experience what it feels like to build and compete in a championship culture. Coach Bridgette is an excellent addition to our campus on and off the court. Everyone in our organization is excited about having Coach Bridgette join the Mustang family!”
Britney Brown has been promoted to associate coach on the TCU staff.
Entering her fourth season as a member of the TCU women’s basketball coaching staff, Britney Brown has been promoted to Associate Coach.
“Britney Brown is very deserving of this opportunity,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said. “She has made a strong impact on our program’s development both on the floor, in recruiting and in building our culture. She serves our student athletes, our university and our community with a servant’s heart and a massive work ethic.”
Lindsay Werner has been hired as an assistant coach at Harvard, immediately following her playing career at Merrimack.
The Friends of Harvard Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Kathy Delaney-Smith, announced the hiring of Lindsay Werner as an assistant coach today, July 15. Werner joins the Crimson after lettering for four years at Merrimack College.
“We are thrilled to have Lindsay join our staff,” said Delaney-Smith. “She comes to Harvard with a strong playing background and has a great passion for the game that is contagious. We are very excited for Lindsay to work with and share her enthusiasm with our players.”
Sue Guevara has retired as head coach at Central Michigan. She had a 12-year record of 231-156, making her the winningest head coach in program history and fifth all-time in the MAC.
“It is time,” Guevara said. “I have been leaning this way since the end of the season but wanted to separate myself from it a little bit to see if I felt the same way, and I do. I love Central Michigan so much – everything about it. When I came in 2007, this place opened its collective arms to me and gave me the support and love needed to build this program. Hopefully, I did CMU proud because I gave it everything I had over the past 12 years and loved every second of it.
“I will miss a lot about leading this program but the thing I will miss the most will be the student-athletes. I have been blessed with having so many young women and their families who have committed to this program and given it their all. The credit for our success should go to them because they believed in me and this program and understood how great it could be. I’d also want to thank our administration for their support, especially President Davies and AD Michael Alford, and the community for really embracing our team and making McGuirk Arena one of the best environments in the country.”
Succeeding Guevara as head coach is Heather Oesterle, who was on the CMU staff for the past nine seasons, including the last seven as associate head coach
“Having the opportunity to see Heather in action the past couple of years, once Sue let me know her plans, it was clear to me that Heather was the right person for this job,” Zyzelewski Family Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Alford said. “She has helped build this program and understands the responsibility of this position. During our discussions the past few days, she presented a thorough plan on how she will lead us through this transition and continue to push this program forward. Replacing a legend is never easy but I feel Heather is definitely up to the task.”
Oesterle has been a part of tremendous success at CMU, helping the program win three Mid-American Conference championships, two MAC Tournament titles, and four MAC West Division crowns. CMU has gone to the NCAA Tournament three times during her tenure, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2018.
“This is a great honor and I couldn’t be more excited to lead this program,” Oesterle said. “I want to thank President Davies and AD Alford for this opportunity. I appreciate their belief in me and my vision for this program. One of the most important things I learned from Coach Guevara is that it takes everyone working together to reach the high goals we have, and I am confident that everyone associated with this program will continue to do that.
“I also want to thank Coach Guevara for everything she has done for me, I would not be here without her. She has been a tremendous mentor and has prepared me for this amazing opportunity.”
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Two former BYU players—Melanie Day from the WBB side and Lee Cummard from MBB—join the Cougar staff as assistant coaches.
BYU head women’s basketball coach Jeff Judkins today announced the hiring of former Cougar standouts Melanie Day and Lee Cummard as assistant coaches.
“I’m really excited to have Melanie and Lee as assistant coaches,” Judkins said. “Both were great players and both will work hard to help our program continue to be successful. I think our players will learn a lot from them as they work to make our program the best it can be.”
Tennessee State hires Chelsea Hudson, a former player, as an assistant coach. She was an assistant at Panola College, a junior college in Texas, the last two years.
Tennessee State University women’s basketball head coach Jessica Kern announced the hiring of former Lady Tiger Chelsea Hudson as an assistant coach.
Hudson, who played four seasons at Tennessee State from 2011-15, is the program’s 11thall-time leading scorer. She also led TSU to an OVC Championship and NCAA berth in 2015.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome a member of the Big Blue Family back home,” said head coach Jessica Kern. “A recent 30 under 30 recipient, Coach Hudson brings OVC championship experience as well as an extensive NJCAA recruiting base back to her alma mater. Her ability to relate to the players is priceless and her energy is infectious. While working with our post core, I am confident her hands on approach to learning, eye for detail and passion for the game will be a true asset as we continue to strive for excellence.”