Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

The new Princeton head coach is Carla Berube, who was the head coach at D-III Tufts the last 17 seasons.

Berube brings a long history of success as both a player and coach to Princeton. She won exactly 80 percent of her games with the Jumbos, going 384-96 in 17 seasons while reaching the NCAA Division III final twice, the Final Four four times and the Sweet 16 nine times, including each of the last eight. In her last seven seasons at Tufts, her record was 197-24, with a winning percentage of .891 during those years.


Paris Johnson joins the Hawaii staff as an assistant coach. She was on the Utah State staff last season.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Paris (Johnson) to our ‘ohana,” said Beeman. “Paris has played at a high level and has experiences our players are striving for; she will be able to help in the overall player development with our post players and guards. Her familiarity with mainland recruiting will also allow her to jump right into our recruiting process. Paris is also coming home, her mother, stepfather, and brother live on O’ahu, deepening our program’s connection with the aloha spirit.”

Johnson spent last season as an assistant coach with Utah State, helping the program earn a bid into the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Before her time in Logan, Utah, Johnson served as the director of player personnel at San Diego State.


Kelly Rae Finley has been promoted to associate head coach on the Florida staff.

“We are excited to announce that Kelly Rae Finley has been named our Associate Head Coach. Kelly has played an integral role in laying and building the foundation for our program during these first two years. She has a tremendous ability to cultivate relationships and connections with our players, prospective student-athletes and coaches around the globe,” Newbauer said. “Her dedication to mentoring and helping develop the character of our young ladies is unparalleled. Kelly’s own character and integrity coupled with her knowledge and passion for the game exemplifies all that Gator Nation stands for. This promotion is a direct reflection of what she means to our program, both on and off the court.”

Finley, who joined Newbauer’s staff as an assistant coach in 2017 soon after he was named the program’s 10th head coach, will begin her third season with the Gators in 2019-20.


UTEP associate head coach Michael Madrid has been named head coach at Texas A&M–Kingsville (D-II).

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has chosen Michael Madrid as its next women’s basketball coach, pending approval from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Madrid, who has extensive coaching experience at every level of collegiate basketball and was most recently the Associate Head Coach at UTEP, will be formally introduced at a press conference on Thursday, May 30.


Towson head coach Diane Richardson has signed a three-year contract extension, through the 2023-24 season.

Towson University Athletics Director Tim Leonard has announced that women’s basketball head coach Diane Richardson, who led the program to its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title this year, has signed an extension to stay with the Tigers through the 2023-24 season.

This is a three-year extension added on to the original four-year contract signed when Richardson was hired in June 2017.

“I am absolutely love being here,” Richardson said. “This extension tells me they like me being here, too. Getting the extension is going to so important for recruiting. It gives the players and their parents a vote of confidence, knowing I will be around to see them graduate. People are noticing Towson. We feel good about the players we have coming in and we are not done yet.”


New North Carolina head coach Courtney Banghart has completed her coaching staff with the hiring of Joanne Aluka-White as an assistant coach. She was on the Charlotte staff the last seven seasons, the two most recent as associate head coach.

“We are all thrilled to be adding Joanne to the Carolina family,” Banghart said. “She is one of the most respected coaches in the country, known by many for her work ethic, loyalty, and authentic relationships built with players and coaches. She has spent the past seven years in North Carolina and is known regionally to be a builder of relationships and a trusted and loyal coach and teammate.

“Joanne will be integral to all aspects of the program. Her voice, experience, passion, and perspective will be relied on daily. I’ve known and respected Joanne for many years, but I feel so fortunate to now share a sideline with her. The Carolina Family just got better. Welcome aboard, Joanne!”


La’Keshia Frett Meredith has been named an assistant coach at Auburn. She spent the last six seasons as a Virginia assistant coach.

“I am so excited to have Keshia join our Auburn Family,” Williams-Flournoy said. “She brings an abundant amount of experience from both the SEC and the WNBA, which will help develop our players to compete to the level of being excellent. The fact that she is from my hometown only makes it better!”

Frett Meredith, a native of Hampton, Va., spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia, where she worked primarily with the Cavaliers’ post players. In her tenure there, the Cavaliers won 101 games and made four postseason appearances, making it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2018.



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