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Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019


Jory Collins named the new head coach at North Dakota State. He was an assistant coach at Kansas last season, with an eight-year stint as head coach at D-II Emporia State preceding that.

Collins will be the 11th head coach of the Bison. Collins just finished his first year as an assistant at the University of Kansas after spending eight seasons as the head coach at NCAA Division II Emporia State.

“Jory Collins rose to the top of a very competitive and deep pool of candidates to be the next head women’s basketball coach at NDSU,” Larsen said. “Not only am I excited about his past experiences as both a head coach and a high-level assistant, but his passion and template for success are undeniable. I look forward to welcoming Jory, his wife Casey and their two sons, Jett and Jude, to the Bison family.”

(4/29/2019)


The Knoxville News reports that Lacey Goldwire‘s salary at Tennessee will be $220,000, tops among Kellie Harper‘s assistants. The paper earlier reported that Jennifer Sullivan will earn $200,000 and Jon Harper, Kellie Harper’s husband, $140,000.

Lacey Goldwire will be the highest-paid assistant on Kellie Harper’s Tennessee women’s basketball staff. Goldwire will earn $220,000.

Assistant coaches do not work under contracts. Tennessee released the salary figure to the News Sentinel in response to a public records request.

(4/29/2019)


The Houston Roundball Review cites sources as saying that Sheryl Swoopes is interested in the opening at Texas Southern.

Cynthia Cooper is also reportedly interested in the job.

(4/27/2019)


The new head coach at UMBC is Johnetta Hayes, who had been Texas Southern head coach the last six seasons.

UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today the hiring of Johnetta Hayes as UMBC’s new women’s basketball head coach. Hayes, the ninth head coach in school history, will be introduced to the media and campus community at an event to be held at The UMBC Event Center next Monday, April 29 at 3 p.m. and will streamed live on Facebook Live.

“It’s a great day for Retriever Nation as we welcome Johnetta Hayes to Baltimore,” said Hall. “She has been a very successful head coach at the Division I level and we are very confident that she will be able to serve as a outstanding leader of our women’s basketball program.”

Hayes has served as the head coach of Texas Southern University since the 2013-14 season after spending the 2012-13 season as the associate head coach. She has accumulated a 115-73 record over her six seasons at the helm of the Lady Tigers.

(4/26/2019)


Angelika Szumilo has been hired as the new head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson. She spent the last eight seasons as associate head coach at Fordham.

The Knights plan to introduce Szumilo to the FDU community in a press conference on Monday, April 29, at 1 p.m., inside the Stratis Lounge in the Rothman Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome Angelika to the Fairleigh Dickinson University family as our women’s basketball head coach,” said Hurlbut. “She has been a proven winner at every step of her career, both as a student-athlete and a coach. Her love and dedication to the game and her student-athletes was clearly evident to the search committee. Equally compelling was Angelika’s ability and intimate knowledge of how to build and sustain winning programs, both on and off the court. We are truly excited for what the future holds for the Knights with Angelika leading the program.”

(4/26/2019)


Bridgette Mitchell joins the Pitt staff as an assistant coach, filling the opening created by the departure of Danielle Santos Atkinson, who was named Hofstra head coach. Mitchell previously served for three years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at James Madison.

“I am extremely excited about the addition of Bridgette Mitchell to our staff,” said second-year head coach Lance White. “She brings a passion for the game and a work ethic that will propel us forward for many years to come. Her experience as a player in the ACC and also at the professional level will bring an invaluable asset to our staff. We are thrilled that she is officially a Pitt Panther!”

Mitchell comes the Pittsburgh after three impressive campaigns as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at James Madison where she helped the Dukes accumulate a 78-26 (.750) overall record and three WNIT appearances.

(4/26/2019)


Blanche Alverson joins Nell Fortner‘s Georgia Tech staff as assistant coach after two years on the Southern Cal staff. This is Fortner’s second AC hiring, following Tasha Butts (see an item posted below on 4/24).

“Blanche and I go way back. I coached her at Auburn where she was a tremendous stretch four player because of her incredible three-point range,” stated Fortner. “Her personality and her ability to get along with anybody that she comes into contact with is energizing. She is smart, hard-working, and she is going to make an outstanding head coach one day. I’m so excited about her being back in her state of Georgia to continue recruiting the athletes here and building this Georgia Tech program.”

While with the Trojans, Alverson helped ink the No. 5 recruiting class in the country that included a McDonald’s All-American, two Gatorade State Players of the Year, four state champions and a honorable mention all-America. The 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes included five top 50 prospects.

(4/26/2019)


New Penn State head coach Carolyn Kieger has filled out her staff with two more assistant coach hirings: Ashley Earley, most recently at Northern Kentucky, and (as expected) Myia Johnson, most recently at Wisconsin.

Penn State women’s basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger has announced the additions of Ashley Earley and Myia Johnson as assistant coaches for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Earley and Johnson bring a wealth of previous coaching experience to Happy Valley, having made stops in the Big Ten, SEC and ACC.

Earley and Johnson join Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Ginny Boggess, Director of Operations Pam Brown and Director of Program Development MaryLynne Schaefer on Kieger’s staff.

(4/26/2019)


A bit here on the Wyoming coaching search following the retirement of Joe Legerski.

Legerski hopes a member of his staff gets promoted to head coach. A source told WyoSports that there is interest in the job from current assistant coaches Gerald Mattinson, Heather Ezell and Bojan Jankovic. Mattinson was with Legerski all 16 years at UW, including the last 12 as associate head coach. Ezell has been on the staff four years, and Jankovic started in the summer of 2015.

The source also told WyoSports that UW will speak to outside candidates for the job.

(4/25/2019)


It appears that Myia Johnson is leaving the Wisconsin staff to become an assistant coach at Penn State under new head coach Carolyn Kieger. She’s also been removed from the Wisconsin coaching staff page.

(4/25/2019)


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