Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

The new Bucknell head coach is Trevor Woodruff, who was the head coach at D-III University of Scranton the last four seasons.

Trevor Woodruff, who compiled a 113-10 record and four conference championships over the last four years as head coach at the University of Scranton, has been named head women’s basketball coach at Bucknell by director of athletics and recreation Jermaine Truax. Woodruff brings 16 years of head coaching experience to a Bison program that is coming off league titles of its own in two of the last three seasons.

“I am thrilled to welcome Trevor Woodruff to the Bucknell Athletics family as our next head women’s basketball coach,” said Truax. “The Bison women’s basketball program is currently performing at a championship level, as evidenced by our two Patriot League titles in the last three years, so it was imperative for us to identify an individual with a similar pedigree of success. Trevor certainly fits that billing, with four league titles and four deep runs in the NCAA Division III Tournament during his four years at Scranton. Beyond the wins and losses, Trevor has proven to be an outstanding mentor to his student-athletes, and I am excited for him to jump right in, get to know our players, and work to build upon the excitement that our women’s basketball team has created on campus and in our community.”


Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski says that head coach Sharon Versyp and her staff need to “deliver better results” next season.

With nearly every player on the roster returning and new pieces added to the mix, Bobinski wanted to allow Versyp and her staff to continue to lead the program. (Last week, assistant Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton stepped down to pursue other opportunities in coaching, creating an opening on Versyp’s staff).

“There’s a lot of familiarity, there’s a lot of knowledge and I have tremendous personal and professional appreciation for Sharon and her folks,” Bobinski said. “They’re good people and they’re completely committed and invested in Purdue every day but at the end of the day it’s a performance-based industry and we have to deliver better results. That was clearly communicated.”


New Charleston head coach Robin Harmony is bringing Randy Schneider with her from her Lamar staff as associate head coach.

Randy Schneider joins new Head Women’s Basketball Coach Robin Harmony at the College of Charleston as Associate Head Coach.

Schneider previously served in the same coaching role the last six years with Harmony at Lamar University where they established one of the most successful women’s basketball programs in the Southland Conference. This past season, the Cardinals posted a 24-7 overall record, won a regular-season title and made their second-straight Women’s NIT appearance.


Lacey Goldwire joins Kellie Harper‘s staff at Tennessee as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She was an assistant coach at Arkansas the last two seasons and spent four years before that on the Iowa staff.

University of Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Kellie Harper announced Thursday that Lacey Goldwire has joined her staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

She will be part of a Lady Vol program that includes previously-announced assistants Jon Harper and Jennifer Sullivan.

The 2019-20 campaign will mark her eighth season full-time and her 12th year overall in the coaching profession, including stops at Oklahoma State, Morehead State, Iowa, Arkansas and now Rocky Top. She has been part of programs that have earned postseason berths in nine of 11 seasons.


Xavier head coach Melanie Moore hires Kelsey Arendt as assistant athletic director for women’s basketball. Arendt worked for the Michigan men’s and women’s basketball programs for the last five years.

Xavier head women’s basketball coach Melanie Moore has named Kelsey Arendt as the assistant athletic director for women’s basketball. Arendt joins the Musketeers after five seasons at Michigan.

“Kelsey is the first person I called when I accepted the position,” said Moore. “We worked together at Michigan the last five years. She is one of the hardest workers I have ever met and always finds a way to get things done. She will have her hands in all aspects of our program!”

During her time at Michigan, Arendt served as the office manager for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. She assisted in arranging team travel, served as the liaison to the business office and created recruiting material. Arendt also planned and coordinated official visits, maintained the weekly schedules for the coaching staffs and assisted in the planning efforts for all basketball camps and alumni gatherings.


New Eastern Kentucky head coach Samantha Williams hires Matt Thune as associate head coach and Jackie Alexander as assistant coach.

New Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Samantha Williams announced two additions to her first staff at EKU. Matt Thune will serve as associate head coach and Jackie Alexander as assistant coach.

“I am really pleased to announce the addition of Matt and Jackie to our EKU family,” Williams said. “In addition to each of them bringing different strengths to the table, Matt and Jackie are exceptional people who will represent the women’s basketball program, the university and the community with class.”


After 16 years in the job, Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski is retiring.

“It is nice to be able to make this choice at this time in my life,” Legerski, 61, said in an announcement on Twitter. “I am truly indebted to the administration, support staff, coaches and players that made Cowgirl basketball such a success.”

He went 314–186 at Wyoming, the only university at which he was a head coach. The Cowgirls reached the Mountain West tournament championship game this year for the first time in team history, losing to Boise State.


Erin Grant is joining the Southern Cal WBB staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She was on the Texas Tech staff last season.

USC women’s basketball welcomes a former All-American and WNBA player to the coaching staff, as head coach Mark Trakh has announced today (April 24) that Erin Grant is joining his USC staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Grant previously served as an assistant alongside current USC associate head coach Aarika Hughes for one season at New Mexico, and Grant has also been an assistant at her alma mater, Texas Tech, as well as UT Arlington and Memphis.

“We are very excited to add Erin Grant to our staff,” Trakh said. “Erin brings a wealth of experience to USC. She has a reputation of being an extremely hard worker and has a reputation of being a great recruiter and an excellent on-floor coach. Erin has a myriad of recruiting contacts all over the country and especially in Texas. She is a great addition to our staff!”


Tasha Butts is joining the staff of new Georgia Tech head coach Nell Fortner as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach Nell Fortner announced coaching veteran and former WNBA player Tasha Butts joined the staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. A Georgia native, Butts returns to the Peach State after eight years as an assistant coach at LSU.

“I’ve known Tasha since she was a player at Tennessee and I’ve always been impressed with her communication skills,” commented Fortner. “Communication is so important in recruiting and being able to relate to parents and student-athletes. What she did as an athlete, four SEC regular season titles and three consecutive Final Four appearances, and what she continues to do to grow her own game in this profession as a coach has been impressive. She has strong Georgia roots and I’m happy to have her with me at Georgia Tech as we continue to recruit the great players that are coming out of this state.”



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