Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Wichita State head coach Keitha Adams gets a two-year contract extension, through the 2023-24 season.

Wichita State athletic director Darron Boatright announced Wednesday morning that women’s basketball head coach Keitha Adams has agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2024.

Adams is 26-35 in her first two seasons at Wichita State, including a 14-18 mark in American Athletic Conference play. This past season Adams had to replace eight seniors from the 2017-18 season to field the fifth youngest team in the country.

“We are committed to Coach Adams and her continued leadership of our women’s basketball program,” Boatright said. “Her passion and excitement for Wichita State is contagious. We look forward to helping make her vision for this program a reality.”


Dani Franklin joins the Valparaiso staff as an assistant coach, returning to her alma mater after a year as a graduate assistant at Mercer.

One of the best players to ever wear a Valpo uniform is coming home.

After rewriting the record books during her accomplished playing career from 2014-2018, Dani Franklin has joined the Valparaiso University women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach under head coach Mary Evans.

“This means the world to me,” Franklin said. “I am so thankful that Coach Evans trusts me to come back and coach at Valpo. I’m excited because Valpo holds a very special place in my heart and it will forever. I learned so much there and grew as a person. I can’t wait to help our student-athletes grow and learn about the game of basketball and about life.”


Gerald Mattinson, after serving on Joe Legerski’s staff for his entire 16-year tenure at Wyoming, has been named the new Wyoming head coach.

Gerald Mattinson has been named the seventh head coach in the history of University of Wyoming Cowgirl basketball. The announcement was made Tuesday by Athletics Director Tom Burman. Mattinson has spent 16 total years on the Cowgirl bench as an assistant coach, including the last 12 years as the associate head coach. Mattinson has agreed to terms of a deal that has an annual base compensation of $220,000, but that number could increase with performance-based incentives.

In addition, Heather Ezell has been promoted to associate head coach, and Fallon Lewis has been promoted to assistant coach.

Ezell will enter her fourth year with the Cowgirls and her first as an associate head coach. Lewis will begin her first year as an assistant coach following four years working with the team from an operational standpoint after a stellar two-year career in the Brown and Gold.


New Georgia Southern head coach Anita Howard hires two assistant coaches for her staff: Coretta Brown and Chris Straker.

Georgia Southern Head Women’s Basketball Coach Anita Howard has announced the addition of two to her coaching staff, naming Coretta Brown and Chris Straker as assistant coaches for the Eagles’ upcoming 2019-20 season.


Kansas announces the new coaches replacing the two assistants who left to take head coaching jobs: Larry Tidwell as associate head coach and Jhasmin Player as an assistant coach. Tidwell was most recently on the Texas Tech staff, while Player was at Loyola Marymount.

Kansas head women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider has added Larry Tidwell as associate head coach and Jhasmin Player as an assistant coach to his complete his staff on Monday.

Tidwell and Player fill vacancies left by Aqua Franklin and Jory Collins, who both became Division I head coaches last week.


Erika Lang-Montgomery, the head coach at Flagler College (D-II) the last last ten seasons, is leaving to become an assistant coach at Florida, her alma mater. She’s had previous stints as a D-I assistant coach at North Texas, Wichita State, Wisconsin, Southern Cal, Florida State, and Purdue.

Flagler’s women’s head basketball coach is heading to Gainesville to be an assistant for the Gators’ women’s team.

“It feels really good. It wasn’t anything I had thought of, or expecting,” Lang-Montgomery said. “But, when the opportunity presented itself it was something I was immediately intrigued by. I felt I had to pursue it because it was Florida and a lot of great memories from my time there and my continued love for my alma mater.”


New Bucknell head coach Trevor Woodruff names his first assistant coach: Kelly Mazzante, a former Penn State player who had served as an assistant coach at IUP the last five seasons.

Head coach Trevor Woodruff announced the first addition to his Bucknell women’s basketball staff Friday, naming former Penn State standout Kelly Mazzante as an assistant coach. Mazzante, who was one of the best local players in history while playing at nearby Montoursville High School, comes back to the area after spending five seasons as an assistant on the staff at IUP.


Associate head coach Bobby Brasel has left the North Texas women’s basketball program to take another (unnamed) job.

“He’s going to be an associate head coach at another program, somewhere he is more familiar that is also much more suited to his situation,” Mitchell said.

Brasel spent two seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock before joining Mitchell’s staff at UNT. He also spent seven seasons at South Alabama.


North Carolina will not release the investigative report into its women’s basketball program, calling it “a personnel-protected document.”

Curran’s email came after The News & Observer sought a more detailed explanation about why the university would not release the Parker Poe report. In an April 22 response to a public-records request for the report, UNC wrote that there were “no responsive public records.”

While UNC contends that the Parker Poe report is protected by the Human Resources Act, that law actually allows for the release of such information when a department head decides it would be “essential to maintaining the integrity” of a department.

Asked via email why the university would not release the report in the spirit of maintaining integrity, Curran did not explain the decision. “As I’ve said before,” he wrote in an email, “it’s a personnel-protected document. I have nothing more to add.”


The two vacancies on the Duke coaching staff have been filled with the hiring of Jim Corrigan and Wanisha Smith.

Duke women’s basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie has announced two staff changes effective immediately. Jim Corrigan has been elevated from special assistant to assistant coach, while 2008 Blue Devil graduate Wanisha Smith returns to Durham as assistant coach.

The changes came after assistant coach Rene Haynes became the head women’s basketball coach at Long Island University and associate head coach Hernando Planells resigned.

With the staff movement, current assistant coach Sam Miller and Smith will work with the guards, while Corrigan will lead the post players.



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