Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Brianna Finch joins the FIU staff as an assistant coach after three seasons on the Barry University staff.

With the FIU women’s basketball team gearing up to begin its season in the fall, the Panthers and head coach Tiara Malcom have announced the hiring of Brianna Finch as an assistant coach on Monday.

Finch joins the FIU staff after spending the past three seasons with the Barry University basketball team as an assistant coach.

“I am thrilled that Brianna is joining my staff here at FIU,” head coach Tiara Malcom said. “She has extensive coaching experience at many different levels, and has experienced success too. Her coaching background and knowledge of the game stood out to me right away during the hiring process. Brianna’s deep international recruiting ties as well as her ability to connect with student athletes only serve to make every person in this program better.”


Michael Scruggs joins the Purdue staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He fills the spot left vacated by the departure of longtime assistant Nadine Morgan (see below). Scruggs spent the last three seasons on the Loyola Chicago staff and then was hired by Marshall earlier this month.

Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp announced the hiring of Michael Scruggs as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Monday, filling out her staff in preparation for this week’s international trip to Australia. Scruggs has spent the last 10 years in various assistant coaching roles, most recently at Marshall and Loyola Chicago.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Michael to Purdue,” Versyp said. “He’s an excellent recruiter, has tons of energy, is fantastic with the student-athletes and has an outstanding track record of developing his players. His professionalism and work ethic and passion for women’s basketball is evident with his engaging personality.”

In addition to stops at Marshall and Loyola Chicago, Scruggs has also coached at LSU, Cleveland State, Samford and Chattanooga, along with time as a student in the legendary Pat Summitt’s program as an undergraduate at Tennessee.


Dionnah Jackson-Durrett has been promoted to associate head coach on the Mississippi State staff.

Mississippi State women’s basketball head coach Vic Schaefer announced Monday that Dionnah Jackson-Durrett has been promoted to associate head coach.

“Dionnah has been instrumental in the success of our program,” said Schaefer. “Each year, she’s continued taking on more responsibilities, and her promotion to Associate Head Coach alongside Johnnie Harris is well deserved and earned. We are so blessed to have the staff that we have here at Mississippi State. Our team has gone to unprecedented heights the past few years, and part of that is a credit to Dionnah for her ability to develop point guards along with her involvement in recruiting. I’m very proud of her, and I’m excited to see what her future has in store.”


Longtime Purdue assistant coach Nadine Morgan has resigned.

“After a lot of prayer and thought, I’ve decided to step away from coaching for family and personal reasons,” Morgan said in a statement released by the university. “It was a very tough decision because of how much I love coach Versyp, the entire coaching staff, our amazing players past and present, my Purdue Athletics family, the Greater Lafayette community, and our Boilermaker faithful.”

Morgan isn’t expected to coach in the immediate future.


Former Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph has filed a lawsuit against the school alleging “sex discrimination against her and her team, a retaliatory and hostile work environment and breach of contract.”

Four months after firing her on the basis of a report that found her to be bullying and abusive to her team, former Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph filed a lawsuit against the Tech athletic association and school and state officials. Joseph alleged sex discrimination against her and her team, a retaliatory and hostile work environment and breach of contract in a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. It follows similar charges made at the time of her firing on March 26.

Beyond the athletic association, Joseph also named outgoing school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson, athletic director Todd Stansbury, associate athletic directors Marvin Lewis and Shoshanna Engel and the state board of regents as defendants in the complaint.

“As result of the Defendants’ actions, Coach Joseph has suffered and will continue to suffer considerable economic, emotional, and professional harm,” the complaint read.


Southern Miss names Jack Trosper assistant head coach. He previously served as head coach at Wabash Valley College.

Joye Lee-McNelis and the Lady Eagle Basketball program have announced the addition of Jack Trosper as Assistant Head Coach.

Jack Trosper
“I want to thank Mr. Jeremy McClain and Coach McNelis for the opportunity to be a part of such a great athletic program! It’s been dream of mine to coach at the division 1 level while helping to impact young lives for the better and I could not have asked for a better situation to come in to.”


Kennesaw State rounds out its staff with the hiring of Janell Crayton as an assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator. She was on the Hampton staff the last four seasons.

After four seasons at Hampton University, Janell Crayton has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator, Head Coach Agnus Berenato announced today (July 22).

“Janell brings a wealth of experience to the Owls Nest. I am so excited as my staff is now complete and we all complement one another. Janell has worked in every capacity of coaching and at her various stops been in charge of all facets of coaching,” said Berenato. “For KSU Women’s Basketball, Janell will take over the recruiting coordinator position, be our academic liaison, primarily work with the post and have a hand in community service. What excited me most about Janell is that she is coming home. As a former camper of mine, I have followed her career and admire how she handles her workload. Welcome Home, Janell.”

At Hampton, she has been a part of three-straight winning seasons which included a 20-win campaign and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 2016-17.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to join the staff at Kennesaw State. Atlanta is my home, so the chance to come back to the city I grew up in is a blessing,” said Crayton. “I am excited to work under such an amazing icon in the game in Coach Berenato and truly cannot wait to get to work.”


Butler head coach Kurt Godlevske has signed a contract extension. The exact length isn’t specified, just “multiyear.”

Butler women’s basketball head coach Kurt Godlevske has signed a multi-year contract extension to continue his leadership of the Bulldogs’ program. Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier made the announcement July 22.

“Our women’s basketball program took a large step on the court last season,” said Collier. “This contract extension showcases our belief that Kurt can continue to build our program to be competitive in the BIG EAST on an annual basis while also delivering a quality experience for our student-athletes.”

Godlevske, who was recognized as the 2019 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, guided the Bulldogs to 23 wins a year ago and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT.



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