Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

LSU has posted an opening for an assistant coach.


Memphis head coach Melissa McFerrin has been granted a two-year contract extension, through the 2020-21 season.

University of Memphis women’s basketball head coach Melissa McFerrin has been granted a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season in the wake of the highest-ranked recruiting class and plans for a renovation at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

With the Elma Roane Fieldhouse renovations on the horizon and a top 35 recruiting class entering this fall, the University is extending Coach McFerrin with a two-year contract,” said Bowen. “I am excited for the direction and growth of our program.”


Miami (OH) names DeUnna Hendrix as its new head coach. Hendrix, a native of Kokomo, Indiana, was the head coach at High Point the last seven seasons.

Hendrix comes to Oxford from High Point University, where she was the head coach for seven seasons. She ranks third among Panther women’s basketball coaches with 125 wins and amassed an 89-43 mark in the Big South. The 67.4 conference winning percentage is the best in program history.

“I want to thank Dr. Qubein, Dan Hauser, Craig Keilitz and the High Point family for the past eight years,” said Hendrix. “It was a true privilege to work alongside so many great people and to serve at such a reputable institution. The next chapter has led me to Miami University! I am incredibly grateful to President Crawford and David Sayler for this opportunity. I look forward to building on the foundation that Coach Duffy was able to lay the past few years and in enhancing the program by Graduating Champions. I am proud to call Miami my new home.”

In 2018-19, Hendrix led High Point to a 22-9 record and a 15-3 record in Big South competition, earning an invite to the WNIT for the second time during her tenure.


Mary Grimes is the second assistant coach named to Melanie Moore‘s staff at Xavier (Candice Finley was announced yesterday). She was most recently on the staff at LeMoyne College, with previous stops at Albany and Syracuse.

Xavier head women’s basketball coach Melanie Moore has named Mary Grimes as an assistant coach. Grimes joins the Musketeers after two seasons at LeMoyne College.

“Mary is a builder and has brought major success to every program she has touched,” said Moore. “I had the privilege of coaching her during her senior year at Siena and so I’m thrilled to be teaming up with her again at Xavier. She has a huge heart and believes in developing young women on and off the court.”


Rene Haynes has been named the new head coach at Long Island University. She was an assistant coach on the Duke staff the last five seasons, with a stint at Western Michigan before that. Haynes played basketball at Michigan State.

LIU will hold an introductory press conference at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 in the Steinberg Wellness Center. Members of the media and community are welcome to attend as the University welcomes Coach Rene Haynes. The press conference will also be aired live on NEC Front Row.

“It is an honor to be the head coach of the Long Island University women’s basketball program,” Haynes said. “With the support of LIU President Kimberly Cline and all of the administration, I believe that we will build a championship program. Special thanks to Dr. Kevin White and Nina King at Duke University for all of their support and leadership through the years. Coach P has been my coach, mentor and philosopher since I was 16 years old. She gave me the opportunity to be a coach and role model to many, and it is so appreciated. I am excited to start this new chapter, and I am excited to continue my journey of empowering strong women.”


Alysiah Bond‘s move from the Michigan State staff to that of Texas Tech (noted in a 4/20 item below) is now official, as is the addition of Malikah Willis to the Texas Tech staff as an assistant coach. And their coaching staff page confirms that Larry Tidwell has left the program.


New Xavier head coach Melanie Moore adds Candice Finley to her staff as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Finley was most recently on the staff at UMass. Among her stops before that were Eastern Michigan and Eastern Kentucky.

Xavier head women’s basketball coach Melanie Moore has named Candice Finley as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Finley joins the Musketeers after two seasons at UMass.

“Candice is one of the best recruiters in the country with several ties to the Midwest and East Coast,” said Moore. “She is a tireless worker who lights up a room with her sparkly personality. She is a proven winner and I am excited to team up with her and bring Xavier women’s basketball back to national prominence.”


The new head coach at Lipscomb is Lauren Sumski, who had been the head coach at D-III Rhodes College the last two seasons.

Lipscomb University Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson announced Monday morning that Lauren Sumski has been named the fifth head coach in the history of the women’s basketball program. She becomes the first-ever female to lead the program.

Sumski comes to Lipscomb after serving as head coach for the Rhodes College women’s basketball team where she compiled a 35-21 overall record in her first head coaching tenure.

At the age of 27 she will be one of the youngest head coaches in the country across all Divisions.


Former Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons issued a lengthy statement today reflecting on his career at the school.

Former Holy Cross women’s basketball coach Bill Gibbons on Saturday issued this statement, a reflection on his Holy Cross career, which spanned nearly four decades:

“As I leave Holy Cross I am very grateful for being able to have coached basketball here for the last 38 years, the past 34 as the head coach of women’s basketball. In some ways it doesn’t seem that long ago that I was an assistant men’s coach from 1981-85 under George Blaney. I will always be thankful to him for not only teaching me the X’s and O’s of coaching, but also helping me to understand what it means to be a coach and teacher on and off the floor. For all my years at Holy Cross, Coach Blaney has been — and will continue to be— a genuine mentor and friend.

He has still not provided any comments on his departure from the school.


The Texas Tech website has a preliminary (with no info) bio page up for Malikah Willis (aka M.L. Willis). So it appears she will be a new assistant coach on Marlene Stollings‘s staff. Her Twitter page and handle (@wreckem_willis) serves to further confirm this.

Willis spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Charleston, with earlier stints at Georgia Tech and West Virginia.

There’s also a similar page up for Alysiah Bond, who has been a Michigan State assistant coach for four seasons and has also been an assistant at Wisconsin.

It’s already known that Texas Texas has parted ways with assistant Erin Grant. The other assistant to depart is rumored to be Larry Tidwell.



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