Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Latisha Luckett has been hired as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bradley. A native of Detroit, Michigan, who played basketball at Central Michigan, Luckett spent the last four years on the Coastal Carolina staff.

Fourth-year Bradley Women’s Basketball Head Coach Andrea Gorski is no stranger to the newest member of her coaching staff, announcing Latisha Luckett will join the Braves for the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach in addition to serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Luckett has eight years of experience coaching at the collegiate level including the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons working as a graduate assistant under Gorski at Concordia University. She comes to The Hilltop after spending the last four seasons at Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Luckett to our coaching staff,” said Gorski. “Her energy, enthusiasm and experience will have an immediate impact on our program. Her passion for mentoring young women makes her a perfect fit for our Bradley family and we look forward to continuing our upward momentum as a program with her on our team.”


Eastern Illinois head coach Matt Bollant has received a two-year contract extension.


Former Akron head coach Jodi Kest has joined the High Point staff as an assistant coach.

High Point University women’s basketball coach Chelsea Banbury announced Jodi Kest has joined the staff as an assistant coach today (June 24).

“I’m really excited to add someone with the level of experience that Coach Kest has,” Banbury said. “She has a wealth of knowledge about the game and I feel fortunate to have her join our program. I can’t wait to work with her and see what we can learn from each other.”

Kest joins the Panthers after spending the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at Lynn University. Prior to her time at Lynn, she served as the head coach at the University of Akron for 12 seasons.


Brittany Parker joins the Marist staff as an assistant coach. Her most recent coaching staff was at College of Charleston.

Marist Women’s Basketball has hired Brittany Parker as an assistant coach ahead of the 2019-20 season, the program announced Monday afternoon.

Parker adds nine years of coaching experience to the staff, with previous stops at the College of Charleston, Western Kentucky, Morehead State, MAAC-rival Niagara, and Fayetteville State.

“We are very excited to welcome Brittany to our Marist family,” said Head Coach Brian Giorgis. “Brittany brings a wealth of experience to the program, and we are eager to get started with her on the court and on the recruiting trail!”


Sharay Hall, after two seasons as head coach at D-III Pitt-Bradford, joins the Colgate staff as an assistant coach.

Colgate head coach Bill Cleary completed his women’s basketball staff for 2019-20 by naming Sharay Hall an assistant coach.

Hall comes to the Raiders after two seasons as head coach at Pittsburg-Bradford in the NCAA Division III ranks. She inherited a young team but guided the Panthers to a combined record of 27-24 overall and 21-15 in conference, including back-to-back appearances in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference semifinals.

Hall joins assistant coaches Lauren Ellis and Katie Curtis on the Colgate staff.


Craig Carey, son of head coach Mike Carey, has been promoted to assistant coach at West Virginia.

West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey announced Friday that Craig Carey has been elevated to assistant coach for the 2019-20 season.

“Craig has been with the program for many years, starting as a practice player and later as our video coordinator,” coach Mike Carey said. “He knows the players, our style of play and our personnel very well. I think it will be a smooth transition and a great fit for our program.”

Joining the women’s basketball staff in 2015, Carey has served as the video coordinator since then. In that role, he acted as the liaison for film exchange with opponents, helped coaches prepare for scouting and provided video for instructional purposes. Additionally, he supervised and prepared the Mountaineers’ practice players and has stepped in as an interim/countable assistant coach on several occasions over the past four years.


Mandi Pierce has been promoted to assistant coach on the Florida Gulf Coast staff.

Mandi Pierce, who has spent the past three seasons as the director of operations for the FGCU women’s basketball program, has been elevated to an assistant coaching position.

“Mandi has done a great job for our program, and I am happy to see her earn the opportunity to become an assistant coach,” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “I know she will work hard.”

Pierce joins a coaching staff that has seen several changes this offseason with the departures of Chelsea Banbury and Jenna Cobb, the promotion of Chelsea Lyles to associate head coach and the hiring of Shannon Murphy as an assistant coach.

The promotion also continues a tradition of Smesko having a coaching staff comprised of all former players of his at FGCU. Pierce, who was born in the Philippines, competed for the Green and Blue from 2006-08.



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