Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Charmin Smith has been named the new head coach at Cal. She had been on the Golden Bear staff for 12 seasons before being hired as an assistant coach for the WNBA’s New York Liberty in April.

Charmin Smith, a mainstay on the Golden Bear bench for the last 12 seasons, has agreed to become the head women’s basketball coach at the University of California, Berkeley, Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton announced on Friday.

Smith will be formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Field Club at California Memorial Stadium.

Smith becomes the 10th head coach in Cal women’s basketball history after spending the last 12 seasons as an assistant on the Golden Bear staff, including serving as the program’s associate head coach since 2012. Cal has had ten 20-win seasons and made nine trips to the NCAA Tournament since Smith’s arrival in Berkeley in 2007, highlighted by the program’s first trip to the Final Four in 2013.

“I am extremely excited that Charmin has agreed to lead our women’s basketball program,” Knowlton said. “With a dozen years as a member of our staff under both Joanne Boyle and Lindsay Gottlieb, she has a deep understanding of Cal and Cal basketball. She has played an integral role in the most successful seasons in our history, including trips to multiple NCAA Tournaments, a Final Four and a Pac-12 championship. Charmin is committed to supporting student-athletes in all aspects of their lives, helping them thrive academically, athletically and personally, and she has a clear vision that builds upon the foundation already established here in Berkeley. Charmin has prepared her entire career for this opportunity, and I believe she is ready to lead our program to even greater heights.”


North Florida head coach Darrick Gibbs has received a four-year contract extension, through the 2023-24 season.

North Florida Athletic Director Lee Moon announced a four-year contract extension for UNF head women’s basketball coach Darrick Gibbs that keeps him at the helm of the program through the 2023-24 season.

“I am humbled and excited to receive this extension,” Gibbs said. “I want to thank President David Szymanski and Lee Moon for their commitment and belief in what we are building. This honor is a direct reflection of the commitment, hard work and dedication of our amazing student-athletes and coaching staff. I look forward to continue building on the success we’ve had so far.”

Gibbs is coming off a record setting season in 2018-19 which saw the Ospreys finish with a 15-14 overall record, the first winning record in the program’s Division I era. UNF also advanced to the ASUN Championship Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive season.


Addie Micir joins the Lehigh staff as an associate head coach. She was on the Princeton staff last season and was an assistant coach at Dartmouth before that.

Lehigh women’s basketball head coach Sue Troyan announced on Friday the hiring of former Ivy League Player of the Year and Princeton standout Addie Micir, as an associate head coach to the Mountain Hawks staff. Micir spent the last year of her coaching career at her alma mater where she helped lead the Tigers to the 2018-19 Ivy League Regular Season and Tournament Championship. She joins Troyan and associate head coach Glenn Rigney on the coaching staff for the 2019-20 season.

“We’re very excited about the addition of Addie to our women’s basketball staff, she will be a great addition to our program, department and University,” said Troyan. “In Addie, we are getting a coach who has a strong understanding of recruiting student-athletes at high academic and competitive levels; who brings a strong understanding for the game on both sides of the ball; who has achieved at a distinctive level of competitive success as both a student-athlete and a coach; and who is committed to developing student-athletes to be their personal best on the court, in the classroom and as leaders in our community.”


Cory Cole has been named an assistant coach at Tulsa. He was head coach for Oklahoma Christian’s men’s basketball team for the last three season. But he coached on the women’s side before that, including as associate head coach at Grand Canyon.

Tulsa women’s basketball head coach Matilda Mossman announced today the addition of Cory Cole as an assistant coach with the program. Cole comes to Tulsa after serving the past three years as the head coach for the Oklahoma Christian University men’s basketball team.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Cory, his wife Cristi, and their family to The University of Tulsa,” Mossman said. “Cory brings an immense amount of experience as a coach, but more importantly, the ability to develop relationships with everyone he comes into contact with. He will coordinate our recruiting efforts, and will also give us a strong presence in the areas of skill development and in-game management. We can’t wait for him to get started!”

“Women’s basketball is where my heart lies,” Cole said. “I coached women’s basketball for 17 years and I wouldn’t have jumped to the men’s side if it wasn’t for my alma mater. After three seasons, I knew I was missing the women’s side. When the opportunity came up at Tulsa, I knew I had to jump at the chance. I’ve known Matilda and Shane [Coffey] for several years and there was a connection and fit right away. I also am excited to coach in the American Athletic Conference and have the chance to face UConn every year. I want to help Tulsa be relevant in the league. Coaching at Tulsa also gives our family the opportunity to stay in Oklahoma.”


New Rhode Island head coach Tammi Reiss completes her staff with the hiring of Sharnee Zoll-Norman as an assistant coach. Zoll-Norman coached at the AAU level the last two seasons.

Rhody women’s basketball head coach Tammi Reiss has completed her staff with the addition of Sharnee Zoll-Norman as an assistant coach.

Zoll-Norman spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with one of the top AAU programs, the Philadelphia Belles. There she helped the team in scouting reports, practice planning, player development, and team recruiting.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to have Sharnee join our Ram coaching staff,” Reiss said. “Sharnee has performed at the highest level her entire career. She will be an incredible role model and mentor to our student-athletes. She is exactly who I want teaching our point guards how to play the game. I think we got lucky she decided to retire from playing professionally when she did. It was perfect timing.”


The Western Carolina head coaching job is once again open, as the school’s board of trustees “did not approve an employment contract for Heather Kearney,” who was announced as the program’s new coach on May 16. She was previously associate head coach at High Point.

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees met today (Thursday, June 20) in a special called meeting and did not approve an employment contract for Heather Kearney as head women’s basketball coach.

A national search will begin immediately.


Jose Rebimbas has been promoted to assistant coach on the Seton Hall staff. He replaces Nick DiPillo, who was recently named the head coach at Scranton.

Head coach Anthony Bozzella and the Seton Hall women’s basketball program have announced the elevation of Jose Rebimbas to assistant coach. Rebimbas has spent the past two seasons as The Hall’s Director of Player Development.

In two years with Rebimbas on staff, the Pirates have earbed back-to-back postseason berths with a pair of WNIT bids in 2018 and 2019. In his new position he will work closely with the post players and have a major role in game planning, scouting and recruiting.

“I’m extremely excited to promote from within, especially a Seton Hall alum like Jose,” Bozzella said. “He cares deeply about our alma mater and will help us continue our mission to represent it in the best possible way.”


Anna Strickland has been named an assistant coach on the staff at Houston Baptist, where she was a record-setting player.

HBU has hired former Husky standout Anna Strickland as assistant women’s basketball coach and will join the staff on Sept. 1 Head Coach Donna Finnie announced Thursday.

“Anna was my first signing as head coach at HBU, so it is pretty special that we are now hiring her as an assistant coach for our program,” Finnie said. “Watching her grow and realize that her passion for the game has gotten to where she wants to give back has been incredible. Who better to talk with recruits about playing at HBU than the young woman who led the nation in rebounding her senior year and set many records during her time representing the Huskies?”



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