Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

New North Dakota State head coach Jory Collins has signed a four-year contract with a base salary of $155,000 per year.

Collins signed a four-year contract at a base salary of $155,000. It includes the standard bonuses of $20,000 for at least 20 wins in a season, $5,000 for a Summit League regular season title, $10,000 for winning the Summit tournament and reaching the NCAA tournament and $5,000 for winning an NCAA tournament game.


UTEP head coach Kevin Baker is in the midst of replacing his entire coaching staff, following the departures of Kayla Weaver and Lori Morris.

The UTEP women’s basketball team is now looking to turn over its entire assistant coaching staff, as Kayla Weaver has joined Michael Madrid’s staff at Texas A&M-Kingsville and Lori Morris has resigned.

That leaves coach Kevin Baker looking for three assistants, though he indicated he has already offered two of the spots and is awaiting answers.


Binghamton adds Nick Moore to the staff as an assistant coach. He had previous stints at Bowling Green and Canisius.

The Binghamton women’s basketball program has announced the hiring of Nick Moore as an assistant coach. He arrives with eight years of coaching experience, all at the NCAA Division I level.

Moore was an assistant coach at Bowling Green University from 2016-18. He worked with the team’s guard/perimeter players, which included four of its top five scorers. Moore was in charge of the program’s recruiting in the Midwest as well as internationally. Among his key recruits was a center who was rated the 14th-best at her position in the nation.

From 2010-16, Moore was at Canisius College as an assistant coach. After joining the Golden Griffs as a Graduate Assistant in 2010-11, he was elevated to third assistant in 2011, second assistant in 2013 and first assistant/recruiting coordinator in 2015. His key recruits included a Top 50 rated Point Guard, 7 All-MAAC players as well as four 1,000 point scorers.


Melissa Dunne has been named an assistant coach on the Saint Joseph’s staff.

Melissa Dunne has been named assistant coach for the Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball program, head coach Cindy Griffin announced today.

Dunne joins the Hawks after three seasons as women’s basketball head coach at Holy Family. Under her direction, the Tigers advanced to the 2018 CACC Tournament, while four student-athletes earned All-CACC accolades and eight were named to the CACC All-Academic Team.

. . . She replaces Susan Lavin, who will now serve as the team’s director of player development.


Joining the Grand Canyon staff as an assistant coach is Sydney Crafton. She was an assistant coach at Western Illinois the last four seasons.

As a member of head coach Nicole Powell’s staff, Sydney Crafton enters her first year as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon. Crafton was hired in June of 2019.

Crafton joins the Lopes after four seasons at Western Illinois where she oversaw all facility and visiting team schedules, community service opportunities and special events while assisting with all aspects of the basketball program. With the Leathernecks, Crafton coached a pair of All-League honorees and two All-Newcomer players.


Katie Gruys has been hried as an assistant coach at Southern Utah, after two seasons on the staff at D-III Willamette.

The Southern Utah women’s basketball team and head coach Tracy Sanders are proud to announce the hiring of Katie Gruys as an assistant coach ahead of the 2019-20 season.

“I am so excited to have Katie join our Thunderbird staff. Katie has been a part of three very impressive program turnarounds, both as a player at Oregon and in a coaching role at Clemson and Willamette,” head coach Tracy Sanders said. “She is incredibly hard-working and embodies the culture we have here at Southern Utah University. Katie will bring a ton of enthusiasm and energy to our program and this community as well as experience in all facets of the game.”

Gruys has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Willamette University, a Division III institution in Oregon. During her time at WU, the Bearcats had a combined record of 28-24, including a 17-10 record in 2017-18. They would go on to finish that season as the runner-up in the Northwest Conference Tournament and clinch their first winning season since 2000-01.


Iowa has announced some staff changes:

  • Abby Stamp: promoted to interim assistant coach
  • Kathryn Reynolds: promoted to director of player development
  • Jenni Fitzgerald: shifted from associate head coach to special assistant to the head coach

University of Iowa head women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder announced several staff changes on Friday. Abby Stamp has been promoted to interim assistant coach, Kathryn Reynolds has been promoted to director of player development, while associate head coach Jenni Fitzgerald will now serve as a special assistant to the head coach.

The search for a new director of operations is ongoing.

“I am excited to add a new position to our staff and find a different role for Jenni to assist our program,” Bluder said. “With the change, we have found a way for Jenni to take a step back but keep her expertise within our program.

“I am excited to have Abby begin her journey as an assistant coach. She is a loyal Hawkeye and has a very talented basketball mind.”


Brooke Rhodes has been promoted to associate head coach at Presbyterian.

Presbyterian College women’s basketball coach Alaura Sharp announced the promotion of Brooke Rhodes to the position of associate head coach on Monday.

“Brooke’s commitment to this program and tireless work ethic has elevated her to this position,” commented Sharp. “She has been instrumental in helping lay a solid foundation here at PC through her ability to build relationships and be a positive role model for our team. Brooke has worked extremely hard in recruiting and is a terrific coach. I’m excited and thankful to see her continued impact on our program.”


Megan Methven has been promoted to associate head coach on the Albany staff.

University at Albany women’s basketball’s Megan Methven has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach. Methven joined head coach Colleen Mullen’s inaugural UAlbany staff for the 2018-19 season after spending two season with Mullen at Army West Point.

“Megan is a rising star in our profession and since arriving with me here at UAlbany, she has provided a level of maturity, consistency, and excellence daily,” said Mullen. “Megan’s work ethic is unparalleled and her knowledge of the game is beyond her years. She excels in every area as a coach and as a leader. She has made an immediate impact by attracting high quality prospects as well as developing our young backcourt. I am excited to work alongside her in this new role as our associate head coach.”



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