Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Maryland has announced several staff changes, including the promotion of Kaitlynn Fratz to assistant coach.

Head coach Brenda Frese announced four promotions and an addition to the Maryland women’s basketball staff this week.

Current staff members Kaitlynn Fratz and Keith Pough, who both served the Terrapins in the interim this season, will stay on in their roles of Assistant Coach and Assistant Director of Basketball Performance. Sean Ehlbeck will take over as the Director of Scouting and Joe Glowacki will take over as the Director of Video. Frese welcomes Lindsey Spann, who recently served as a graduate assistant at South Carolina, to the staff as the Director of Recruiting Operations and Player Personnel.


Taja Edwards joins the Loyola Marymount staff as an assistant coach, and returning assistant coach Jasmin Holliday has been promoted to the Lions’ recruiting coordinator.

Taja Edwards will be joining the Loyola Marymount women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, announced by head coach Charity Elliott on Wednesday.

“We are so excited to welcome Taja Edwards back home to LA and to the LMU family,” said Elliott. “She comes to LMU with tremendous experience and a work ethic that is second to none. She has deep ties in So Cal and now has contacts all over this country and the world coming from the prestigious Ivy League. I’ve watched Taja from a distance through the years and always noticed her professionalism and work ethic. Our players will benefit from her playing experience as well as her multiple coaching stops and we are all excited to get her started.”

Edwards enters her eighth season of Division I coaching, while she spent her last two seasons at Dartmouth as the as the director of recruiting, defense coordinator and the career development liaison. . . .

Elliott also announced that assistant coach Jasmin Holliday has been promoted to the Lions’ recruiting coordinator. Holliday enters her fourth season with the team, as she started as the director of operations before moving into an assistant coaching position.

“I’m also very pleased to announce that Jasmin Holliday will now be moving into our recruiting coordinator position and will manage the day to day organization of our recruiting plan,” said Elliott.


Kent State head coach Todd Starkey has agreed to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. The press release calls this a four-year extension, but it’s really only two, as his original contract, signed in April 2016, was a five-year deal.

Kent State University women’s basketball head coach Todd Starkey has agreed to a four-year contract extension that runs through 2023, Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen announced on Wednesday.

Starkey has led the Golden Flashes to the Postseason WNIT twice during his three-year tenure and is already the program’s third-winningest coach all-time.

“It’s very exciting news that Todd will continue to lead our women’s basketball program,” said Nielsen. “In only three years at Kent State, he has won a MAC East Division title, led his team to the first WNIT victory in program history and had three Academic All-America selections. Todd and his staff have proven that they are capable of recruiting quality student-athletes, and we’re confident in his ability to bring championships to Kent State women’s basketball.”


Marc Wilson joins the Cleveland State staff as an assistant coach. His most recent previous position was associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri.

Cleveland State women’s basketball head coach Chris Kielsmeier announced the addition of Marc Wilson to his coaching staff for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign, as Wilson will join the Vikings and serve in an assistant coach capacity.

“The entire coaching staff is excited to have Marc join our team, he brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Kielsmeier said. “We are continuing our efforts to build Cleveland State women’s basketball into a championship level program, and Marc is going to be a key piece of that process. I can’t wait for Marc to join the Viking family and hit the ground running in all facets of the program.”

Wilson joins the Vikings with over 20 years of coaching experience, serving in a variety of roles at his previous institutions including defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.


New Eastern Kentucky head coach Samantha Williams has hired Brandon Love as an assistant coach. Love was previously on the Pacific staff.

Brandon Love will serve as assistant coach. Love joins the program from the University of Pacific where he was an interim assistant coach/video & analytics specialist. During his time at Pacific he helped with evaluating and recruiting potential student athletes, conducted fundamental workouts, managed the digital acquisition of basketball practices and games, and developed collateral for recruiting, social media and scouting opponents.

“Brandon is a very smart, energetic young coach with a bright future in the business,” said Williams. “His recruiting ties are something that will make an immediate impact for the program.”


Brooklyn Taylor has been promoted from video coordinator to assistant coach on the Akron staff.

University of Akron women’s basketball head coach Melissa Jackson announced the promotion of Brooklyn Taylor to assistant coach for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign on Tuesday, pending formal approval from the University’s Board of Trustees.

“I’m excited to step into this new role as an assistant coach at Akron as I’ve always wanted to be on the court in a coaching capacity. I am extremely humbled and thankful that Coach Jackson saw something in me to give me this chance to continue living my dream,” said Taylor. “Coach Jackson is building something special here at Akron, and I’m beyond excited to continue to be a part of it!”

Taylor spent the 2018-19 season on the Zips’ staff as the video coordinator in which she created game film of the Zips and opponents, provided postgame defensive breakdown analysis, assisted with scouting reports, and created graphics/videos for recruiting and social media.


Ashley Perez, a James Madison alum who served as a graduate assistant the last two seasons, has joined the Dukes’ staff as an assistant coach.

James Madison alumna Ashley Perez ’16, ’19 is staying in Harrisonburg and joining the women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. Perez spent time playing for the Dukes then served as a graduate assistant the last two seasons.

“Ashley knows this program as well as anyone we could have considered for this position,’ head coach Sean O’Regan stated. “She’s been a tremendous asset to our success in her role here the last 3 years and will continue to make our program better in her new role. I’m very excited to watch her grow into a great assistant coach.”



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