Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Former St. Francis (Pa.) head coach Joe Haigh has joined the Siena staff as an assistant coach

Siena Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ali Jaques has announced the addition of former Saint Francis (PA) Head Coach Joe Haigh as an assistant coach on her staff. The second winningest coach in program history with 93 victories, Haigh led the Red Flash to three national postseason tournament appearances over his six-plus seasons at the helm.

“Coach Haigh brings tremendous experience to our staff,” said Jaques. “He did a phenomenal job at Saint Francis, where he had one of the most efficient offenses in the country. I will rely on him, and I look forward to collaborating with someone of his coaching acumen. Our players will benefit greatly from his experience and knowledge.”


Staff promotions announced by Manhattan head coach Heather Vulin.

Manhattan women’s basketball Head Coach Heather Vulin has announced the promotions of three of her current staff members. Allie Bassetti will move to the first assistant coach position and will take over coordination of the team’s recruiting. Callan Taylor will become the staff’s second assistant. And former Director of Women’s Basketball Operations Rena Wakama has been named assistant coach.

“I’m thrilled to announce the new staff changes for our coaching staff,” said Vulin, who is entering her fourth season with the Jaspers. “All three have an elite work ethic, are loyal and have used their talent to elevate our program in the MAAC. I love the chemistry and commitment that we have on our staff and I feel it sets the right standard for our players. I wouldn’t want to go into battle with anyone else.”


James Madison head coach Sean O’Regan has signed a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.

James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced Wednesday that Sean O’Regan has signed an extension to keep him as the head coach of the women’s basketball program through the 2022-23 season.

“JMU women’s basketball has been a model of consistency for nearly a decade and a half and Sean O’Regan has been instrumental in that rise to prominence,” Bourne stated. ” The 2018-19 season was another successful year for the program with a regular-season championship and a memorable run in the WNIT. With returning talent and a continuous injection of elite incoming talent, the program is poised to add CAA Tournament Championships and NCAA appearances in the years to come under Sean’s leadership.”


Katie Kolinski joins the Lafayette staff as an assistant coach.

The addition of Katie Kolinski as an assistant coach for the Lafayette women’s basketball program completes head coach Kia Damon-Olson’s coaching staff for the 2019-20 campaign.

Kolinski served as the women’s basketball Director of Basketball Operations at Buffalo for the 2018-19 season. That squad finished 24-10, won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. While with the Bulls, Kolinski was responsible for team travel, organized community service efforts and oversaw academic development.

“I am thrilled to have Katie join our staff. She has been a part of successful and high-level programs, and our point guards will certainly benefit from her tutelage,” Damon-Olson said. “Katie’s passion for skill development and mentoring student-athletes shined throughout the interview process.”


South Dakota head coach Dawn Plitzuweit inks a five-year contract extension, through the 2025-26 season.

The University of South Dakota and women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension. The deal, which was approved by the Board of Regents on June 27, will keep the two-time Summit League Coach of the Year under contract through 2025-26.

Terms of Plitzuweit’s newest extension have not yet been released, but her original contract came with a base salary of $185,000. She signed a three-year extension in April 2018.


Weber State announces two new assistant coaches: Robert Yonce (formerly at Emory & Henry) and Anthony Turner (formerly at Utah Valley).

Head Coach Velaida Harris is excited to announce two new additions to the Weber State women’s basketball staff in Robert Yonce and Anthony Turner. . . .

Yonce, joined the Wildcats in May of 2019 after spending last season with Emory & Henry, a Division III college in southwest Virginia. While at E & H, he was responsible for opponent scouting and game prep. He also coordinated and implemented individual skill development plans for players. This past season the program back east enjoyed great success with an overall record of 22-3, ranking as high as of #16 in the nation. . . .

Turner comes to Weber State after spending 3 seasons at Utah Valley. His responsibilities included serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator, defensive coordinator, and post player development coach. He is known nationally for his outstanding recruiting connections and coordination, post player development, scouting and in-game adjustments. In his first season, he helped guide the Wolverines to a WAC Tournament semifinal run for the second straight year marking only the second time in program history to advance beyond the opening round of the conference tournament. Turner was the post position coach for two All-WAC honorees; Sam Lubcke who earned the All-WAC Newcomer award and was the only player in the WAC to average a double/double (points/rebounds) in conference play and Jordan Holland who finished 5th in the WAC in scoring and earned Second Team All-Conference honors. He twice coordinated defenses that led the WAC in steals, forced turnovers and defensive rebounds.


New Princeton head coach Carla Berube names the third of her assistant coaches: Lauren Dillon, who previously coached at Tufts under Berube.

Princeton head coach Carla Berube continued to fill out her staff with the hiring of Lauren Dillon as an assistant coach, Berube announced today.

“I’m looking forward to working with Lauren for our sixth year together,” stated Berube. “She’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever coached and has a contagious love for the game that is sure to inspire the Princeton student athletes. Lauren is a strong recruiter with a keen ability to connect with prospective student-athletes. Her values align well with Education Through Athletics, the Princeton Athletics’ mission. She’ll be a great addition to the Tiger Family.”


Zach Kancher has been promoted to associate head coach on the Towson staff.

Announced by head coach Diane Richardson, Zach Kancher has been promoted to associate head coach of the Towson University women’s basketball team. The promotion comes on the heels of a historic season for the Tigers including the program’s first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship.

“Zach is very deserving to be named associate head coach,” Richardson said. “We’ve worked together in the past and I admire his dedication to the game and his loyalty and commitment to our program.”

In August 2017, Richardson brought Kancher on to her staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator to begin the first season under her direction.



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