Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Robin Harmony has been named the new head coach at Charleston. She was Lamar‘s head coach the last six seasons, compiling an overall record of 115-66.

The 2018 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Harmony joins the Cougars after six seasons establishing Lamar University as one of the most successful women’s basketball programs in the Southland. This past season, she led the Cardinals to a 24-7 overall record, a regular-season title and second-straight Women’s NIT appearance.

Over her six seasons at Lamar, Harmony posted a 115-66 (.635) overall winning record including an 83-25 (.769) mark in Southland Conference games. Her 83 conference wins is a school record, while the .769 winning percentage is a program record.


On the Cincinnati staff, Melissa Kolbe has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach.

University of Cincinnati women’s basketball’s Melissa Kolbe has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach. Kolbe joined head coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s inaugural UC staff in April of 2018 after spending three seasons on Clark-Heard’s staff at Western Kentucky.


South Alabama head coach Terry Fowler has had his contract extended through the 2022-23 season.

University of South Alabama Director of Athletics Dr. Joel Erdmann announced on Friday that the contract of head women’s basketball coach Terry Fowler has been extended through the end of the 2022-23 season.

“Coach Fowler has built the program in a logical and solid way. He has positioned the program for sustained success and to compete for Sun Belt championships while sincerely guiding student-athletes towards graduation and developing them as successful young adults,” Erdmann said. “We are proud to have him as not only the leader of our women’s basketball program but as a leader of our department.”


A look at the salaries of the first two assistant coaches hired by new Tennessee head coach Kellie Harper.

Kellie Harper’s first two Tennessee women’s basketball assistant coaching hires will earn salaries that are similar to what Holly Warlick’s staffers made.

The Lady Vols announced the hires of assistant coaches Jon Harper and Jennifer Sullivan on Monday. Sullivan will earn $200,000. Jon Harper, who is Kellie Harper’s husband, will earn $140,000. . . .

Dean Lockwood was Warlick’s lead assistant. He earned $206,941. Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Sharrona Reaves earned $200,000, and assistant Bridgette Gordon made $179,375.


North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned, after the investigation commissioned by the university “found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction.”

“The University commissioned a review of our women’s basketball program, which found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction. It is in the best interests of our University and student-athletes for us to do so,” says Cunningham. “Coach Hatchell agrees, and she offered her resignation today. I accepted it. We appreciate her 33 years of service to Carolina and to the community, and we wish her the best. Our focus now is on conducting a search for a new head coach who will build on our great Carolina traditions and promote a culture of excellence.”

The press releases also summarizes the findings of the investigation:

The firm conducted a review that included 28 interviews of current players and personnel connected to the UNC women’s basketball program and found widespread support for three overarching themes:

1. Hatchell made comments that were racially insensitive, and when confronted by players and staff did not respond in a timely or appropriate manner. The review concluded that Hatchell is not viewed as a racist, but her comments and subsequent response caused many in the program to believe she lacked awareness and appreciation for the effect her remarks had on those who heard them.

2. Players and medical staff expressed frustration with perceived and undue influence from Hatchell regarding medical issues and pressure to play. Despite Hatchell’s questioning of player care, status and readiness, the medical staff did not surrender to pressure to clear players before they were medically ready.

3. There has been a breakdown of connectivity between the players and Hatchell.


Contrary to earlier rumors, Heidi VanDerveer isn’t going anywhere. She’s signed a five-year contract to remain UC San Diego‘s head coach—earning the first multiyear head coach’s contract in the school’s history.

Today, Tritons’ Athletic Director Earl Edwards took a significant step toward the long-term success of the program with the announcement that head coach Heidi VanDerveer has earned the first multi-year head coach’s contract in the institution’s athletics history.

VanDerveer, who has won 77 percent of her games in seven seasons as the Tritons’ head coach while taking the program to the NCAA Tournament five times, signed a five-year agreement to remain as UC San Diego’s head women’s basketball coach.


Fordham head coach Stephanie Gaitley has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season.

Fresh off the program’s second-ever Atlantic 10 championship and a share of its first-ever regular season crown, Fordham women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Gaitley has signed a two-year extension, it was announced today, keeping her in the Bronx through the 2024-25 campaign. Gaitley has spent eight seasons at the helm on Rose Hill and is now set for six more.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Coach Gaitley leading our women’s basketball program,” Director of Athletics Dave Roach said in a statement, “Her success is unparalleled in Fordham history and I’m ecstatic to extend her contract to 2025. I look forward to continuing to work with her and her staff in enhancing our women’s basketball program.”


Assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hyton has left the Purdue staff.

Wisdom-Hylton’s run with the Boilermakers ended this week. The former Boilermaker All-American stepped down to pursue other opportunities in coaching.

“I really want to grow in the profession and enhance my résumé,” Wisdom-Hylton said Thursday. “I think this will be a good time to venture out. There are a lot of opportunities out there.

“For me personally and professionally, it’s time for me to venture out of my comfort zone and grow. I love coaching and I love Purdue and it’s been really hard. I need to venture out if I want to become a head coach one day.”


April Phillips has been named an assistant coach at Cal. She spent last season on the Arizona staff, with stops at Loyola Marymount and New Haven before that.

April Phillips, a dynamic and highly-respected coach with west coast and national ties, will join the Cal women’s basketball program as an assistant coach, Golden Bears’ head coach Lindsay Gottlieb announced on Thursday.

Phillips comes to Cal after spending the last season at Arizona and previous coaching stints at Loyola Marymount and the University of New Haven.

“This is a really exciting day for Cal women’s basketball,” Gottlieb said. “April is one of the most exciting and talented coaches in our profession right now, and I think her decision to come to Cal will help shape the future of our program. It’s big for us and it’s big for the university. I’m incredibly excited to have April in blue and gold and to welcome her into our Cal family.”


There are reportedly four finalists for the head coaching opening at North Dakota State:

  • Denver associate head coach Kayla Ard
  • Kansas assistant coach Jory Collins
  • Nebraska assistant coach Chuck Love
  • Drake associate head coach Allison Pohlman

It’s down to four candidates for the next head women’s basketball coach at North Dakota State. All are assistants at the Division I level.

University of Denver associate head coach Kayla Ard, Kansas assistant coach Jory Collins, Nebraska assistant coach Chuck Love and Drake associate head coach Allison Pohlman are in line to replace Maren Walseth, who parted ways with NDSU last month after five seasons.



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