Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Former Penn State head coach Coquese Washington has been named an assistant coach on Sherri Coale‘s staff at Oklahoma.

Washington previously served as the head coach at Penn State from 2008-19, amassing a 209-169 record and guiding the Nittany Lions to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Sweet 16 showings along with three Big Ten regular season championships.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Coquese, her husband Raynell, and their family to Oklahoma,” Coale said. “Coquese is a winner. Her track record of coaching and her experience in recruiting elite talent is well-documented. She has a versatile skill set that will both benefit our student-athletes and our coaching staff. Having the opportunity to coach alongside Coquese at the 2013 World University Games for USA Basketball allowed me to see up-close the ability she has to build relationships with student-athletes and help them develop on and off the court. We are honored to welcome her into our family and anxious for her to get started in Norman.”


Mark Stephens has been hired as an assistant coach on the Toledo staff. He was an assistant coach at Xavier the last three seasons.

“I’m thrilled Mark is joining our program,” said Cullop, a three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honoree. “He’s an extremely talented coach and an outstanding person. Mark was a very successful high school coach and assisted one of the top club programs in our region prior to his time at Xavier. He also brings great energy and creativity to player development. He has a very established recruiting network and has developed strong, trusting relationships in our region. He’s very genuine, hard-working and organized. His unique background and perspective will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts.”


New Marquette head coach Megan Duffy has named her three assistant coaches: two retained from the previous staff—Vernette Skeete and Scott Merritt—and one, Justine Raterman, brought over from her staff at Miami (OH).

Marquette University women’s basketball head coach Megan Duffy is pleased to announce the first additions to her coaching staff. Vernette Skeete, Scott Merritt and Justine Raterman will serve as assistant coaches for the Golden Eagles.

Duffy has retained Skeete and Merritt as assistants from Marquette’s previous coaching staff, while Raterman arrives after spending two years on Duffy’s staff at Miami (Ohio), including as assistant coach for the 2018-19 campaign.


Tammi Reiss has been named Rhode Island‘s new head coach. She spent the last four years as an assistant coach at Syracuse.

“From the first time I spoke with Tammi, I knew she was special. Her experience and success as a player at the highest levels of college and professional basketball are certainly terrific,” Bjorn said. “What makes her even more special is the approach she takes in working with young women. I know she will be able to teach them the game of basketball, but she also will teach them leadership, accountability, teamwork and a commitment to excellence. I am just as excited as she is to have her get started as the new head coach for women’s basketball at the University of Rhode Island.”

With a strong reputation as a communicator, Reiss has a history of recruiting and player development. She comes to URI after spending the last four years as an assistant coach at Syracuse. During her time with the Orange, she worked closely with the guards and helped Syracuse to three straight NCAA Tournament second round appearances. She mentored the only players in program history to earn WBCA Division I Coaches All-America Honors in Alexis Peterson, Brittney Sykes, and Tiana Mangakahia. Peterson and Mangakahia also earned Associated Press All-America Honors. Both Peterson and Sykes were selected in the 2017 WNBA Draft and Sykes went on to earn 2017 WNBA All-Rookie Team honors.


UPDATE: This article has contract details: five-year deal with a salary starting at $185,000 per year and then growing to $200,000 in the last two years.

Green Bay assistant coach Amanda Leonhard-Perry has been named head coach at St. Norbert College, a D-III school in De Pere, Wisconsin.

She replaces the legendary Connie Tilley, who announced her retirement after 42 seasons.

Leonhard-Perry has spent the last 11 years as an assistant for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s team under both Kevin Borseth and former coach Matt Bollant.


Northern Illinois assistant coach John McGinty has been named the head coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio, an NAIA school.

John McGinty, an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Northern Illinois the past four seasons, has been named as the new women’s basketball head coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio, Athletic Director Chris Adams announced on Wednesday.

McGinty was the offensive coordinator for the Huskies during his tenure, coordinating all transition, half court and end of game offensive actions. He led guard instruction on a team and individual basis both on the court and in film sessions, managed scheduling and compliance and assisted with other areas of the program, including recruiting, scouting and game planning.


Morgan Valley has been named the new head coach at Hartford. She was most recently an assistant coach on the Arizona staff.

“This is an incredible opportunity and such an honor to be selected as the leader of the Hartford women’s basketball program,” said Valley. “I would like to thank the players, staff and administration at Arizona for the time and experience. I would also like to thank President Woodward, Mary Ellen Gillespie and Craig Sandlin for their patience and kindness throughout this process.”

A dynamic coach who has spent time as an assistant in the Pac-12, Atlantic Coast Conference, America East, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association, Patriot League and the BIG EAST, Valley brings more than 14 years of Division I coaching experience to Hartford. Valley’s career arc includes stops at the University of Arizona, University of Washington, Virginia Tech University, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, Towson University, the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut.


Missouri State has named its new head coach: Amaka Agugua-Hamilton. She had been on the Michigan State staff the last six seasons, the last four as associate head coach.

The first African-American female head coach for any sport at Missouri State, Agugua-Hamilton, 36, is an 18-year veteran of Division I women’s basketball, including four seasons as a player at Hofstra and four coaching stops, most recently on the staff Michigan State for the past six seasons, the last four as Associate Head Coach.

“I am excited to welcome Coach Mox to Missouri State University and know she will build on the good work that has gone on before to create an even stronger women’s basketball program at the University,” said Missouri State President Clif Smart. “I commend Kyle Moats and the search committee for their good work.”


UPDATE: This article has contract details: five-year deal with a base salary of $240,000.

Nicholls State assistant coach Justin Payne has been hired as the head coach at D-II Georgia Southwestern State.

Payne recently completed his eighth season as an assistant women’s basketball coach and 10th year overall under head coach DoBee Plaisance at NCAA Division I Nicholls State University.

“I want to thank all of the people who were a part of this process,” Payne said. “One thing that was really exciting about when I came on campus a week ago was the family atmosphere from all the coaches, from the administration. It was amazing. It was something similar to what we had at Nicholls. We know with that family atmosphere what you can do.”


Former Tennessee assistant coach Dean Lockwood has five assistant coaching job offers and “intends to continue coaching.”

Lockwood will coach again: Former UT assistant Dean Lockwood, who served as interim coach until Harper was hired, said Monday that he has five job offers to be a women’s basketball assistant coach and intends to continue coaching.

“I have so much juice left and so much fire left for this,” he said. “I’m so ready to do this again.”



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