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Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019


Arizona hires Tamisha Augustin as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and Jackie Nared as assistant coach. Augustin’s last two stops were Cincinnati and Minnesota, while Nared was an assistant coach at Washington State last season.

Head women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes announced the addition of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Tamisha Augustin and assistant coach Jackie Nared to her coaching staff on Friday. Augustin has been an assistant coach for six different programs and has proven to be a standout recruiter while Nared has worked exclusively in the Pac-12 with Washington State, Oregon and Washington.

“Today I’m excited to welcome Tamisha Augustin and Jackie Nared to our Wildcat Family,” Barnes said. “I fought hard to be able to hire these two high-character women that will bring value to our program. Tamisha and Jackie will create a dynamic coaching and recruiting duo and with these two by my side, there is no doubt we can compete with anyone.”

(5/3/2019)


After hiring a new associate head coach (see below), Oakland has posted another opening for an assistant coach.

(5/3/2019)


New Incarnate Word head coach Jeff Dow has hired his coaching staff.

University of the Incarnate Word women’s basketball Head Coach Jeff Dow has completed his staff, the athletic department announced Thursday. Tanya Ray joins the Cardinals as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator, Amber Cunningham and Beverly Holmes have been named assistant coaches, and Betsy Adams remains on staff as the director of basketball operations/student-athlete development.

(5/3/2019)


Ke’Sha Blanton has been named associate head coach at Oakland. She was an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) the last two seasons.

Ke’Sha Blanton has been named associate head coach for the Oakland women’s basketball team announced head coach Jeff Tungate on Thursday. Blanton comes to the Golden Grizzlies after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio).

“When I set out to find the next associate head women’s basketball coach at Oakland University, I came up with a list of ten things that the ideal candidate would bring to our program and Ke’Sha Blanton brings all ten,” said Tungate. “I cannot tell you how excited I am to add Ke’Sha to our family as she is one of the best recruiters I have ever met, has a very good basketball mind, cares deeply about the student-athletes under her watch and knows what it takes to win”, added Tungate. “She will serve as our recruiting coordinator, defensive coordinator and work with our perimeter players. This is a great hire, not just for our women’s basketball program, but for Oakland University.”

(5/2/2019)


Sarah Hope has been named an assistant coach at Boston University, after previously being on the Holy Cross staff. She played basketball at BU.

Former Boston University women’s basketball standout Sarah Hope has returned to the program as an assistant coach, head coach Marisa Moseley announced Thursday.

Hope is back in Boston after spending the past two seasons on staff at Holy Cross, where she started as the director of operations in 2017 before being elevated to assistant coach this past January. Following her elevation, the Crusaders went 7-2 down the stretch of the regular season and reached the Patriot League Tournament semifinals.

(5/2/2019)


Former Xavier head coach Brian Neal has joined Matt Bollant‘s staff at Eastern Illinois as an assistant coach.

Eastern Illinois women’s basketball head coach Matt Bollant has completed his coaching staff for the 2019-20 season with the hiring of former Xavier University head coach Brian Neal as the Panthers final assistant coach.

“Coach Neal is a great addition to our staff,” said Bollant. “He’s been highly successful at many levels and will add a great deal to our program. We are very fortunate to have him join our staff and we are thrilled for what he will bring on and off the court.”

Neal comes to EIU following six seasons as the head coach at Xavier. During his time as the head coach at Xavier Neal coached two Big East Honorable Mention selections and two Big East All-Freshman Team selections. Neal began his tenure at Xavier as an assistant coach in 2011 and was named interim head coach in October of 2013 before being named the head coach in November of 2013. During his second season leading the Musketeers, Neal guided the program to a ten-win improvement from the previous season finishing the year with 18 wins. The ten-win improvement ranked ninth among all NCAA Division I schools that season as Xavier played in the WBI post season tournament. His program would follow-up with a 17 win campaign the next year.

(5/1/2019)


The new head coach at Lamar is Aqua Franklin, who served as associate head coach at Kansas the last four seasons. She’s the second Kansas assistant to leave for a head coaching job this off-season, following Jory Collins’s move to North Dakota State.

Aqua Franklin has been named Lamar University head women’s basketball coach announced Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born during a press conference Wednesday morning at the Montagne Center. Franklin becomes the 14th head coach in program history.

“I’m extremely excited to be naming Aqua Franklin as our next head coach,” said Born. “As we began the process of looking for our new head coach, there was one name that kept rising to the top. Aqua has put together a very distinguished career and is viewed as one of the up and coming talents in coaching. It goes without saying that she came highly recommended. She also has great recruiting ties within the state of Texas, and already has a strong knowledge of the Southland Conference.”

Franklin comes to LU with 10 years of coaching experience which includes the previous four seasons serving as the associate head coach at Kansas. Her résumé also includes one year as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin before making stops at Mississippi State and her first stint at Kansas.

(5/1/2019)


Adrian Walters makes a lateral move as assistant coach from Auburn to rival Alabama.

Adrian Walters has been named to the Alabama women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Kristy Curry announced on Wednesday.

“Adrian is someone we have gotten to know and respect during our time in the SEC and we are so excited to welcome he and his family to Alabama,” stated Curry. “He brings a wealth of experience in so many areas from player development to scouting, scheduling and recruiting. He is one of the most passionate and gifted teachers I know. He will be a huge impact for our basketball family.”

This past year, Walters finished up his seventh season as an assistant coach at Auburn, primarily focusing on player development, post players and scheduling.

(5/1/2019)


Not really surprising, but none of Sylvia Hatchell‘s assistant coaches will be retained by new North Carolina head coach Courtney Banghart.

Hatchell and three of her assistant coaches —Andrew Calder, Sylvia Crawley and Bett Shelby — were initially placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. After Hatchell resigned, most of the assistant coaches remained employed through Tuesday. Shelby, who joined UNC’s program for the 2018-19 season, announced she was taking a job as an assistant coach at West Virginia last week.

Cunningham refused to say whether the assistants were fired or resigned.

“Today’s the last day of our assistant coaches on staff,” Cunningham said Tuesday in a brief telephone interview. When asked whether the assistant coaches were fired or resigned, Cunningham did not elaborate. “I’m just saying, today’s their last day.”

Later Tuesday night, a school spokesperson called to clarify that Calder took an early retirement and Crawley resigned.

(4/30/2019)


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