Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

New Lipscomb head coach Lauren Sumski has announced her three assistant coaches: Chris Sumski, Ariel Massengale, and Hannah Phillips.

Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Lauren Sumski announced the members of her coaching staff on Tuesday.

Chris Sumski and Ariel Massengale have joined the program, while Hannah Phillips will remain on staff.

“I am excited to add Chris Sumski and Ariel Massengale to the coaching staff here at Lipscomb,” Sumski said. “I am retaining Hannah Phillips and promoting her to become our program’s Recruiting Coordinator this season.


Ashley Robinson rejoins the Penn staff as an assistant coach. She most recently coached at Northeastern.

Ashley Robinson has rejoined the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, having previously worked with the Quakers in 2017-18. A Saint Joseph’s graduate, Robinson returns to Philadelphia with three years of collegiate coaching experience under her belt, most recently at Northeastern University.

“I cannot begin to express how ecstatic I am to be back home and to once again have the opportunity to coach at the University of Pennsylvania,” said Robinson. “I was truly honored when Coach McLaughlin asked me to join the staff. The history alone of this program speaks volumes about the culture of tradition and dedication that coaches and players have created. I am excited to be a part of such a highly regarded program and the experiences that we will embark upon!”


Sherill Baker joins the Georgia State staff as an assistant coach. She was on the Kennesaw State staff the last four seasons.

Georgia State women’s basketball head coach Gene Hill announced the hire of Sherill Baker to the GSU coaching staff on Tuesday.

Baker coached the last three seasons at Kennesaw State following a four-year stint at Auburn. While with the Owls, Baker helped develop Kamiyah Street, who earned First Team All-ASUN honors in 2018-19, and the 2018-19 ASUN Freshman of the Year, Amani Johnson.

“Sherill brings invaluable experience to our program,” Hill said. “From her playing days to her last seven years of coaching, she has proven that she will help develop our student-athletes both on and off the court. She is an Atlanta native and went to school here in Georgia. That will go a long ways in our recruiting efforts moving forward.”


Chelsea Lyles has been promoted to associate head coach on the Florida Gulf Coast staff.

She will replace Chelsea Banbury, who recently left the program to become head coach of the High Point women’s program.

“Coach Lyles has done a great job for our program for many years,” Smesko said. “She is an outstanding coach who is ready and prepared to be a successful head coach. We are fortunate to have someone as experienced and talented as her as our associate head coach.”

Lyles recently completed her fifth season as the program’s recruiting coordinator. In that time, she has helped the Eagles land players such as Rosemarie Julien, Tytionia Adderly, Nasrin Ulel, Tyra Cox, Erica Nelson and Davion Wingate.


After bringing Ke’Sha Blanton onboard as associate head coach, Oakland head coach Jeff Tungate has now entirely remade his staff, naming two new assistant coaches. Crystal Davis has been promoted from DOBO to assistant coach.

Crystal Davis has been promoted to assistant coach for the Oakland women’s basketball team announced head coach Jeff Tungate on Tuesday. Davis spent the past two seasons as the director of basketball operations.

“Crystal has done an amazing job as our director of basketball operations so this was an easy decision to promote her to assistant coach,” said Tungate. “She is a great communicator, has a high basketball IQ and truly cares about the student-athletes. She also has valuable on the floor coaching experience and is more than ready to do it at the Division I level.”

And Ariel Braker was hired as the other assistant. She was on the Lehigh staff the last two seasons.

Ariel Braker has been named assistant coach for the Oakland women’s basketball team announced head coach Jeff Tungate on Tuesday. Braker comes to the Golden Grizzlies after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Lehigh.

“It’s great to have Ariel Braker back home and her credentials speak for themselves,” said Tungate. “She will play a major role in recruiting, developing our post players and implementing our press. Ariel is a winner and a rising star in this profession.”


Former Detroit Mercy head coach Autumn Rademacher has joined the Youngstown State staff as an assistant coach. She was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State staff the last four seasons.

Rademacher (pronounced RAD-a-maker) has spent every season since 1993-94 at the Division I level as either a student-athlete, assistant coach or head coach. Of those 26 seasons, 15 have come in the Horizon League and 12 have resulted in postseason appearances

“I’m extremely excited to have someone with Autumn’s drive and experience join our staff,” YSU head coach John Barnes said. “She is a proven recruiter and will bring a lot of energy and expertise to our program. Spending over 20 years coaching and recruiting at the Division I level, she will have an immediate impact for us.”


Detroit Mercy has announced a new assistant coach: Kayla DeCriscio, who was Niagara’s DOBO last season.

The University of Detroit Mercy women’s basketball program welcomes a familiar face back to the staff with Kayla DeCriscioreturning as the new assistant coach for the Titans under head coach Bernard Scott, it was announced Monday. DeCriscio spent two years with Detroit Mercy during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons as a graduate assistant/director of basketball operations.

“I’m excited about bringing Kayla back to Detroit Mercy as our assistant coach,” Scott said. “I was looking for someone that was loyal, hard working, dependable and knowledgeable and she definitely is those things. She knows our standards and what we are all about here from being our graduate assistant for two years before leaving to become the director of operations at Niagara University. Adding a person like Kayla to our coaching staff makes our program better. I’m looking forward to her starting and working with our staff and players.”

DeCriscio spent the 2018-19 school year as the Director of Basketball Operations for the women’s basketball team at Niagara University in New York.


New Samford head coach Carley Kuhns completes her coaching staff with the hiring of Chandler Merkerson as an assistant coach.

“After working with Chandler for the last two seasons, I know she will be a great fit for our program, and for Samford University as a whole,” Kuhns said. “She is able to relate to student-athletes really well, and her ability to develop players will be a tremendous asset to our program. She is someone our players and staff will really enjoy working with and getting to know and I am excited about everything she will bring to our staff.”

In addition to Merkerson’s hire, assistant coaches Jon Bollier and Sally Higgins will be retained from the 2018-19 coaching staff.



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