Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Hawai’i assistant coach Courtney Locke named head coach at D-II Purdue Northwest.

Locke brings over 13 years of NCAA Division I experience as an assistant coach at Texas San Antonio, California Santa Barbara, Central Florida, Lipscomb and most recently at the University of Hawaii as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.


Tahnee Balerio has been promoted to associate head coach at UCF. She had been an assistant coach there for the last two seasons.

UCF head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson has announced the promotion of Tahnee Balerio to the position of associate head coach. Balerio has been an assistant coach on the UCF staff since Coach “ABE” was hired prior to the 2016-17 season.

“Tahnee is by far one of the hardest working coaches, but more importantly, she has one of the best x-and-o minds in the country,” Coach “ABE” said. “She’s an integral part of our program. From her playing days at Missouri State to winning five championships at Albany to our historic turnaround at UCF, Tahnee has played a key role in our success. Our coaching staff, players and administration all know that this promotion is well-deserved.”

Balerio will continue to oversee the development of the guards, opponent scouting and recruiting.

“I am so appreciative to have this opportunity,” Balerio said. “It means so much to me because I have known Coach ‘ABE’ since I was 16 years old. She has always been family to me and to continue to learn and grow from her has been an honor.”


New East Carolina head coach Kim McNeill brings her entire coaching staff over with her from Hartford.

Cory McNeill, Steve Pogue and Ali Heller have been named to the ECU women’s basketball coaching staff, as announced by first-year head coach Kim McNeill on Friday.

McNeill, who is the husband of Kim McNeill, will serve as associate head coach, the same position he served in for the past three years at the University of Hartford. Pogue and Heller were named assistant coaches and arrive in Greenville following two-year stints with McNeill at Hartford.


An article from the Education Trust looks at the gap between the number of black athletes and black coaches in men’s and women’s basketball.

Using data from the NCAA Demographic Database, I looked at how Black athletes at non-HBCU, NCAA Division I basketball programs are reflected in the leaders of their sports. What the data reveals is that overwhelmingly Black athletes are not likely to see themselves reflected in their head coaches. In men’s basketball, 54% of student athletes are Black but only 22% of head coaches are black, a 32 percentage point gap. The gap between Black and White head coaches is 53 percentage points. In women’s basketball, 43% of student athletes are Black but only 17% of head coaches are Black, a 26 percentage point gap. The gap between Black and White head coaches is even starker with a 63 percentage point gap.


Surina Dixon has been promoted to full-time assistant coach (from interim status) at Cincinnati.


Aaron Holland is another addition to the staff for new Arkansas State head coach Matt Daniel.

Arkansas State head women’s basketball coach Matt Daniel has announced the hire of Aaron Holland as an assistant coach on his staff.

“Aaron has made a name for himself coming up through the ranks as a grinder,” said Daniel. “He will be heavily involved in recruiting, using his connections all over the southeast. He is a native of Jonesboro, went to school here at A-State and he will wear our brand with pride.”

Holland returns to his alma mater after two seasons as an assistant coach at Lipscomb. While at Lipscomb, Holland was the recruiting coordinator and helped develop two Atlantic Sun Conference all-freshmen team members and the 2018 A-Sun Player of the Year Loren Cagle. The 2017-18 season saw the Bisons play in their first A-Sun Conference Championship semifinal since 2008.


The Cincinnati Enquirer delves into Northern Kentucky head coach Camryn Whitaker‘s performance reviews, which, among other things, told her “to have a more positive relationship with her players.”

Northern Kentucky women’s basketball coach was counseled to have a more positive relationship with her players in her most recent evaluation. But NKU officials were pleased enough with her performance that they extended her contract until 2021.

The comments and ratings in Camryn Whitaker’s performance reviews are overwhelmingly positive. But the problems that were raised by the athletic director are reflective of the troubled relationships and offensive behavior former players described in March.


Buffalo head coach Felisha Legette-Jack was a candidate for the Penn State and Georgia Tech jobs, but she says she “never went after [another] job.”

“I never left Buffalo, and I’m not back, for one,” Legette-Jack said. “When I tell my players to be the best you can be, and then the WNBA might discover you, and you get drafted in the second round, I can’t make you do the job in the dark. Because I didn’t do my job in the dark.

“I never went after a job. But when people come and talk to you, you would be remiss not to listen. When people knock on your door, you have to open it and see what that conversation is about. I never put out that I wanted a different job.”


New Arkansas State head coach Matt Daniel has hired Caronica Randle as associate head coach. She spent the last three seasons as associate head coach at Furman.

“I am happy to have Caronica back with me as a member of our coaching staff,” said Daniel. “She was a big part of what we did at both Central Arkansas and Marshall. She has now also had the experience to see how other people run their programs as the Associate Head Coach at Furman, and helped their team to postseason play as well.

“Caronica has always been a part of my family and understands what loyalty means to me. She knows what I expect from our student-athletes and our staff, and I know she will represent us well. She is an Arkansas native, and I am glad to have her back home.”


Now official: Carley Kuhns is the new head coach at Samford. She was the head coach at Valdosta State the last three seasons.

Samford University has hired Carley Kuhns as its new head women’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Martin Newton announced Wednesday.

Kuhns will be officially introduced to the Samford community and to the media at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Samford Athletics Hall of Fame on the third floor of the Pete Hanna Center. Kuhns replaces Mike Morris, who retired last month after leading the program for 17 seasons.



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