Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Denver assistant coach Tommie Johnson has been named head coach at D-II CSU-Pueblo.

“It means everything to be back home,” Johnson said. “I grew up here as a man and as a coach. My family grew up here and I think Pueblo is a special place. I’m excited to see the possibilities of what we can do and I’m thankful for everyone, including Dr. Plinske, for welcoming me back home.”

“First and foremost we want to win a national championship,” Johnson said. “We are going to do everything in our power to be an elite basketball team. We want to make sure our players graduate and we need to get out into the community. We need to get the community behind us by doing more service hours and helping raise all the little ThunderWolves out there.”

Johnson comes back to CSU-Pueblo after spending the last two seasons as a women’s basketball assistant coach at University of Denver under former CSU-Pueblo Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Turgeon.


Former Texas Tech and UMKC head coach Candi Whitaker has been named head coach at D-II Missouri Western.

Whitaker recently served as the head coach at Texas Tech from 2013-18. Previously she was an associate head coach at Oklahoma State (2012-13) and the head coach at UMKC (2006-12). She has coached 24 student-athletes to all-conference honors, 47 to academic all-conference status and produced seven nationally ranked recruiting classes. As a head coach, Whitaker’s student-athletes have posted a 100 percent graduation rate.

“Candi is poised to make a difference at Missouri Western,” Looney said. “We are not only adding an excellent basketball coach, but most importantly, an outstanding leader and role model for the women in our athletic program. Candi and her family will be an asset to our University and the St. Joseph community. We are thrilled to welcome Candi, Matt, Westin, William and Callahan into the Griffon family”


New Penn State head coach Carolyn Kieger has made her first hires, including one assistant coach who is following her from Marquette: Ginny Boggess.

Penn State women’s basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger has announced three additions to her staff for the 2019-20 season. Assistant Coach Ginny Boggess, Director of Operations Pam Brown and Director of Program Development MaryLynne Schaefer will all come to Happy Valley after previously serving on Kieger’s staff at Marquette.

Boggess, Brown and Schaefer will comprise the first part of Kieger’s staff, with other additions to follow in the coming weeks.


Oakland has posted an opening for an associate head coach.


New Tennessee head coach Kellie Harper has settled on two of her assistants: her husband and Jennifer Sullivan, who was on the Ohio State staff during the 2018-19 season. The third one will be her top assistant.

Harper said that her husband, Jon, will be an assistant on her staff. She also is bringing in Jennifer Sullivan, who spent last season at Ohio State after serving five seasons on Harper’s staff at Missouri State.

“She’s a superstar in the making,” Harper said of Sullivan.

The remaining coaching hire, though, will be the top assistant on Harper’s staff.

“I’m looking for someone who can give us great insight and credibility in the recruiting area,” she said. “They will have an ability, like the rest of my staff, to handle and talk to these players.”

Official press release on the additions of Jon Harper and Sullivan to the staff.


Little Rock associate head coach Robert Dallimore has been hired as the new head coach at D-II Ouachita Baptist.

“Robert is a tireless worker and grinder who has been instrumental in our program getting to the next level,” said Joe Foley, UALR head women’s basketball coach and Arkansas Hall of Fame Inductee. “He has contributed significantly in all aspects of our program, including but not limited to, player development, film breakdown and the recruiting of many of our top players. More importantly, Robert is a family man of high character who represents our program with excellence both on and off the court.”


Florida Gulf Coast has posted an opening for an assistant coach.


UPDATE (4/18): Jenna Cobb is the assistant coach leaving the staff, according to this tweet.

Danielle Santos Atkinson has been named the new head coach at Hofstra. She was most recently associate head coach at Pitt, with previous stints as an assistant coach at Florida State, Kentucky, Illinois State, and Hofstra.

Hofstra University Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr.announced today that Danielle Santos Atkinson has been named the Pride’s new head women’s basketball coach. Santos will be the 12th head coach in program history.

Hofstra will hold an introductory press conference on Monday at 11 a.m. in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Members of the Hofstra community are invited to attend as the University welcomes Coach Santos and her family.

“I am honored to be coming back to Hofstra and thankful to President Stuart Rabinowitz and Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. for entrusting me to lead the Pride Women’s Basketball program,” commented Santos. “My career has come full circle and I could not be more delighted to return to a place that means so much to me and to an institution that shares the same values and vision that I have for the Hofstra Women’s Basketball program. I am so appreciative of Coach Kilburn-Steveskey and all the alumnae that have built such a strong foundation at Hofstra and I know the future is bright. My family and I are overjoyed by this opportunity and look forward to involving ourselves in the Hofstra community.”


Southern Cal has posted a job opening for an assistant coach. The USC roster page doesn’t show any changes to the coaching staff, but a source says Blanche Alverson will be joining Nell Fortner‘s staff at Georgia Tech.



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