Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Gabe Lazo joins the Stony Brook staff as an assistant coach after two years as an assistant at Florida International.

Stony Brook women’s basketball head coach Caroline McCombs announced the addition of Gabe Lazo as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2019-20 season to complete her staff.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Lazo to our Seawolves basketball family,” McCombs said. “Coach Lazo is a very passionate and energetic coach who builds lifelong relationships with his players. I have tremendous respect for how he built Ferguson High School into a national powerhouse and the teams he coached with the Miami Suns Nike organization. Both programs produce some of the best high school basketball players in the country and he played a big role in those student-athletes’ lives.”

Lazo joins the Seawolves from Miami, Florida, where he was an assistant with the women’s basketball program at Florida International University for two seasons. In his first year with the Panthers, Lazo assisted the team to its best record in four seasons and most Conference USA wins since the institution joined the conference.


DéRonté Polite joins the Milwaukee staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He was most recently head coach at Lincoln College (IL) and was the girls basketball coach at IMG Academy before that.

DéRonté Polite has been hired as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Milwaukee women’s basketball program. The newest staff member was announced today by head coach Kyle Rechlicz.

“We are pleased to announce the hiring of DéRonté Polite as our new assistant coach,” Rechlicz said. “From the moment I met him, I knew I wanted him on my staff one day. From a basketball standpoint, he has a wealth of knowledge and his organizational skills will help keep us on track in recruiting. From a personal standpoint, DéRonté has an incredible passion for the game and shares many of the same core values as our program. I can’t wait for him to work with our current and future players. I hope that everyone in the UWM and Milwaukee community will embrace him and his family with open arms.”

Polite comes to Milwaukee following one season at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. In his one season as the head coach, he led the Lynx to a 16-13 record as the program transitioned from the NJCAA to the NAIA level.


Vanessa Abel returns to her alma mater, Duquesne, as an assistant coach after a year on the Western Michigan staff.

Duquesne University head women’s basketball coach Dan Burt announced today that Vanessa Abel, a former four-year letterman for the Dukes, has been named assistant coach.

Abel returns to her alma mater from Western Michigan where she served as an assistant coach this past season.

“Bringing Vanessa back as an assistant coach is a fantastic addition to our program,” said Burt. “Her professional experience along with being an all-time Duquesne great will allow her to immediately impact our program in player development and recruiting. She has great pride in our program and basketball family. She IS our family. I’m incredibly happy to welcome her home.”


Mickie DeMoss has joined the Georgia Tech staff as chief of staff and game analytics. Among other stints over the course of her coaching career, she has been an assistant coach at Tennessee, LSU, and Texas and head coach at Kentucky and Florida.

A women’s basketball coaching veteran, Mickie DeMoss has joined the Georgia Tech women’s basketball staff as chief of staff as announced by head coach Nell Fortner.

Coaching for over 40 years, DeMoss has had stops at both the collegiate and professional levels. The winner of six NCAA National Championships and a WNBA Championship, DeMoss will be a source of information for the women’s basketball staff in regards to offense and defense and be a resource for game analytics.

“I’m really excited about adding Mickie DeMoss to our staff as chief of staff and game analytics,” said Fortner. “She brings over 40 years of coaching experience to this after having won at every level that she’s coached at, whether that’s collegiately as a player, collegiately as a long-time assistant coach to Pat Summitt at Tennessee winning six national championships, to coaching under Lin Dunn with the Indiana Fever and winning a WNBA Championship in 2012. She just knows how to win.

“She is a tremendous teacher of the game of basketball, and everyone on this staff will benefit from having her knowledge and experience with us on a day-to-day basis,” continued Fortner.


Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs says that WBB coach C. Vivian Stringer is “back (and) she looks great.”

“She’s back (and) she looks great,’’ Hobbs said.

That’s welcome news to Rutgers fans who watched Stringer take a health-related leave of absence with two weeks left in the 2018-19 regular season. While Stringer initially intended to return to coach her squad in the Big Ten Tournament, she ended up remaining on a health-related leave while announcing her plans to resume coaching duties in the future in early March.


Alex Winchell joins the Kennesaw State staff as an assistant coach, after most recently serving as DOBO on the Memphis staff.

Former Memphis Tiger standout Alex Winchell will be joining the Kennesaw State women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Agnus Berenato announced today (July 17).

“I am happy to welcome Alex to our KSU family,” said Berenato. “Originally from Georgia, it is wonderful to have Alex back home to recruit and coach in her home state. Alex has great knowledge of the guard position and is familiar with many local coaches which will help our team immediately. Her time as a player at Memphis allowed her to not only be in the record books but to gain valuable experience on the court. Off the court, Alex has been involved in every aspect of coaching, teaching, leading and administration.”

Winchell comes to Kennesaw State from the University of Memphis, where she spent two seasons as the video coordinator before being named the director of basketball operations in 2017.


Yolisha Jackson and Dan Presel have both been promoted to associate head coach on the South Alabama staff.

University of South Alabama head women’s basketball coach Terry Fowler announced Thursday that both Yolisha Jackson and Dan Presel have been promoted to associate head coach.

The duo have been assistants on the Jaguar staff since May 2013 and are entering their seventh season with the program this fall. Over the last two years, their efforts have helped South to a 46-24 overall mark as the Jags have participated in national postseason tournaments each season in addition to advancing to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title game last March.


D’Nay Daniels has joined the Northeastern staff as an assistant coach, after serving as a graduate assistant at Memphis the last two seasons.

Northeastern women’s basketball head coach Kelly Cole formally welcomed D’Nay Daniels into the role of the Huskies’ new assistant coach on Thursday, replacing the team’s former assistant coach, Ashley Robinson. A Class of 2011 graduate and 1,000-point scorer at UCF, Daniels served the previous two seasons as the women’s basketball graduate assistant at Memphis while completing her master’s degree in sports commerce.

“I am excited to welcome D’Nay to my staff here at Northeastern,” said Cole. “She brings great knowledge and experience with her that will energize this program and help us continue to grow our culture of excellence.”


Bridgette Gordon has joined the SMU staff as an assistant coach. In the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, Gordon was an assistant at Tennessee the last two seasons.

Head coach Travis Mays announced the addition of Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Bridgette Gordon to the coaching staff Monday. Gordon was one of the most prolific student athletes in the history of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball program. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, won an Olympic gold medal in 1988 and is a two-time NCAA national champion.

“Coach Bridgette has obtained success at every level of our game,” Mays explained. “She is passionate about helping young women experience what it feels like to build and compete in a championship culture. Coach Bridgette is an excellent addition to our campus on and off the court. Everyone in our organization is excited about having Coach Bridgette join the Mustang family!”



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