Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Ashley Williams joins the Furman staff as an assistant coach. She was a graduate assistant at Indiana the last two seasons.


A new five-year contract through the 2023-24 season has been announced for Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. The deal includes a base salary of $270,000 per year plus additional compensation of $75,000.

According to contract terms released by UB, Legette-Jack will earn a base salary of $270,000 a year, and additional compensation of $75,000. Legette-Jack will also earn a retention bonus of $50,000 if she stays at UB past March 31, 2024.


Otávio Battaglia has been named an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic. He was most recently on the Stetson staff for three seasons.

Otávio Battaglia has joined the Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Jim Jabir announced on Wednesday.

“Otávio is a great asset to our program,” said Jabir. “He will improve our international recruiting but more importantly he is a person who cares deeply about everyone around him. We are fortunate to have him with us.”

Battaglia was most recently at Stetson University where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach. While Battaglia was on the staff, the Hatters won 59 games and claimed the program’s first ever ASUN regular season title during the 2016-17 season. That year Stetson received votes in the USA Today poll and reached a No. 10 ranking in the Mid-Major poll.


Jackie Stiles, after six years on the Missouri State coaching staff, has joined the Oklahoma staff as an assistant coach.

University of Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale announced on Wednesday the addition of Jackie Stiles as assistant coach.

Stiles joins OU’s staff after serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater Missouri State for six seasons, helping the Bears to six consecutive postseason appearances, including berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2019.


Bett Shelby joins the West Virginia staff as an associate head coach. She was on the North Carolina staff last season, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Seton Hall before that. She’s evidently replacing Chester Nichols, who is no longer listed on the WVU staff page.

Shelby arrives in Morgantown after spending the 2018-19 season at North Carolina, where she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Working with the guards, Shelby helped guide the program to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2015 and was in charge of all recruiting.

“We’re thrilled to have Bett join our staff,” Carey said. “Her reputation throughout the country as a recruiter and as a coach is impressive. We’re excited to have her in Morgantown and know she’ll do great things at West Virginia.”

Prior to her time in Chapel Hill, Shelby spent three seasons at Maryland, where one of her many accomplishments was landing a pair top-five recruiting classes. Additionally, she helped the Terps to Big Ten regular-season and conference tournament championships in 2015-16 and 2016-17.


New Missouri State head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton has named her three assistant coaches: Franqua Bedell, Seth Minter, and Tori Jankoska.

Missouri State women’s basketball coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton filled her three assistant coaching positions Wednesday, tabbing Franqua (Fran-SWAH) Bedell (buh-DELL), Seth Minter and Tori Jankoska (jan-KOSS-kuh) to join the Lady Bear staff.

“I am extremely excited about my staff,” Coach Mox said of her assistants. “All three are great coaches with high character and integrity. I am certain they will contribute in multiple areas as they are hard-working, self-motivated individuals with a wealth of knowledge and experience!”


Melanie Moore has her third assistant coach at Xavier: Dan Lang, who had been the head coach at junior college SUNY Sullivan the last seven seasons. (See below for the earlier hires.)


Longtime Tennessee assistant coach and Michigan native Dean Lockwood has been named associate head coach at Michigan State.

“It is at once an honor and a thrill to be joining the women’s basketball staff at Michigan State University. Being born and raised in Michigan, MSU has always held a very special place in my heart. The respect I have for this university and Spartan athletics is tremendous,” Lockwood said. “I am excited to become a part of Coach Merchant’s staff. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity she has presented to me, and I will strive to earn it every day. Throughout my 37 years coaching college basketball it has always been a high priority for me to be around great people, in a great environment where excellence is pursued daily. I believe I am once again going into exactly that type of situation here at MSU. I look forward to working with Coach Merchant, our staff and our team to continue to move this program forward. My passion for serving is as strong as ever, and I am very excited to begin a new journey as a Spartan.”

And another Michigan native, Kristin Haynie, has been hired to fill the other MSU coaching staff vacancy.

Haynie comes back to East Lansing after working as a basketball skills trainer in western and central Michigan. She worked as a mentor to inspire and motivate athletes to reach their full potential and also help them realize their impact off the court.

“I am extremely excited to be back in the Green & White! I’m grateful for this opportunity Coach Merchant and all of the MSU administration has given me. I am ready to help win more championships and get back to the Final Four,” Haynie said.


The new St. Francis (Pa.) head coach has been named: Keila Whittington. She was most recently a Marist assistant coach, with a number of earlier stints on other coaching staffs, including Memphis, Oregon, Penn State, and Indiana.

Whittington comes to Loretto with a wealth of experience in the coaching ranks, including most recently at Marist College where she served as the assistant coach from 2016-19. It was her second stint with the Red Foxes after also serving as an assistant coach from 2007-09.

“I am extremely honored and blessed to be the next head women’s basketball coach at Saint Francis University,” Whittingon said. “It has been an overwhelming past few days as I’ve realized that I have finally accomplished a lifelong career dream. There is no better place that I would rather begin my head coaching career. It is truly a match made in heaven. I would like to thank Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., President of Saint Francis, Susan Robinson Fruchtl, Director of Athletics, the search committee, and everyone involved in the interview process for putting their trust in me to be the leader of this program.”


Brown has an opening for an assistant coach.



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