Coaching News: Spring/Summer 2019

Kiley Hill has been named the new head coach at Western Carolina. He was associate head coach at Southern Miss the last three seasons and had a 16-year stint as head coach at D-II Valdosta State before that.

His contract has been approved by the school’s board of trustees, so this hire appears to be final (unlike their first attempt to hire a new coach).

Former associate head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi and head coach at Valdosta State, Kiley Hill has been named head women’s basketball coach at Western Carolina University Director of Athletics, Randy Eaton announced today (July 8). Hill’s contract was approved by the WCU Board of Trustees in a special session earlier today.

“Molly, Whitley, Skyler, and I are so blessed and grateful to have been chosen to lead the Western Carolina women’s basketball program,” said Hill. “The circumstances are unique and the challenges ahead are simply that – challenges. We are elated to have the opportunity to serve the surrounding communities and the WCU family, but most importantly, we are excited to share new journeys with some young people who have been through some ups and downs over the past several months.”


Michael Scruggs joins the Marshall staff as an assistant coach. He was a Loyola Chicago assistant coach the last three seasons.

Marshall head coach Tony Kemper announced that Michael Scruggs has been added to the staff as an assistant coach.

Scruggs comes to Huntington after three seasons at Loyola University Chicago, where the Ramblers won six of their first eight games for the program’s best start in the last 17 seasons en route to their first postseason win in four years.


Omaha announces the hiring of Taylor Ignoto, formerly a juco head coach, as an assistant coach.

Head coach Brittany Lange announced the addition of Taylor Ignoto to the 2019-20 women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. Ignoto joins the Mavericks after she served as the head coach of NJCAA Division III Rock Valley College last season in Rockford, Ill.

“We are very fortunate and excited to welcome a coach on the rise such as Taylor to our coaching staff,” said Lange. “With her experience already as a successful coach in the Summit League and head coach, we are confident in the immediate impact she will have in our program. Taylor has won everywhere she has been as a player and a coach. She possesses a great ability to build strong relationships and develop student-athletes.”


The new Louisville assistant coach is Jonneshia Pineda. She was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech the last two seasons.

Burns was joined by new U of L assistant coach Jonneshia Pineda, who replaces Samantha Williams after she left for the head coaching job at Eastern Kentucky.


New Long Island University head coach Rene Haynes announces her staff: Chris Dunn, Kalisha Keane, and Cara Pearson as assistant coaches and Faith Suggs as DOBO.

Long Island University women’s basketball head coach Rene Haynes announced the hiring of her coaching staff on Friday. The Sharks welcome Chris Dunn, Kalisha Keane and Cara Pearson as assistant coaches and Faith Suggs as Director of Basketball Operations for the 2019-20 season.

“Chris, Kalisha, Cara and Faith will be a huge part in building our program. They all have collegiate and professional experience.” said Haynes “Success will come from the teaching and development of our players. They are great people, motivators, and are very knowledgeable about the game of basketball.”


Chantel Osahor, who played for Mike Neighbors at Washington, has joined his Arkansas staff as an assistant coach. She was a graduate manager at Drake the last two seasons. Osahor replaces Lacey Goldwire, who left to join the Tennessee staff.

Arkansas Women’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Neighbors announced the hiring of Chantel Osahor, Friday, July 5. Osahor, who starred for Neighbors at Washington, joins the staff as an assistant coach.

“Coaching student-athletes is a unique challenge, and today, we were able to add one of the most unique players in recent NCAA history in Chantel,” Neighbors said. “Chantel captured the hearts of NCAA basketball fans everywhere during our Final Four run because of a unique jump shot, but it was her ability to make everyone on our team a little bit better that made her so special. That same quality has followed her into coaching. As coaches, we sit in the homes of families and tell them we will take care of their daughters like they are our own. Chantel will help us back that up.”


New Princeton head coach Carla Berube announces two of her assistant coaches: Lauren Battista (formerly at Tufts with Berube) and Dalila Eshe (formerly at La Salle).

The Princeton Tigers have begun to fill out their coaching staff as head coach Carla Berube has announced the hiring of assistant coaches Lauren Battista and Dalila Eshe today. Battista comes from Berube’s staff at Tufts while Eshe spent the last three seasons at LaSalle University.

“I am so excited to bring Lauren along with me from Tufts University,” said Berube. “She has such a strong pedigree as a National Champion and D-II National Player of the Year while being coached by one of the all-time greats at Bentley in Barbara Stevens. Lauren is smart, driven, and has a great basketball mind. She has a true love of coaching, developing players on the court, and being a positive mentor off the court.”

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“I am also thrilled to welcome Dalila to the Princeton Women’s Basketball family,” stated Berube. “Dalila has a wealth of basketball knowledge from her experience as a standout Division-I student athlete, her seven years playing overseas, and most recently her role as a D-I assistant coach and recruiting coordinator the last five years. Our student athletes will benefit greatly from Dalila’s knowledge of the game, her passion to educate through the game of basketball, and her commitment and ability to connect with players, recruits, and everyone she comes in contact with.”


More on the situation involving Memphis head coach Melissa McFerrin:

Daily Memphian: Former players say abusive conditions existed under women’s basketball coach McFerrin

“Honestly, I hate to say it, but I have been holding my tongue for plenty of years,” Abdul-Qaadir said. “It’s just, kind of, deserving. When (former teammate) Courtney Powell told me about it, not to say I had been waiting for it but – and you don’t want to wish bad on people – you hope that they get what they deserve. This is probably happening at the time it should, honestly. It’s hard for me to digest right now because I’m so in shock. Like, I got goosebumps when she told me that because of the things I’ve experienced and the things I’ve seen (McFerrin) say to others. She ruined people’s college careers.”

Commercial Appeal: University of Memphis gave Melissa McFerrin contract extension after initiating investigation

The University of Memphis agreed to a contract extension with women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin at least two days after notifying her there would be an outside investigation into allegations of abuse and harassment within the program.

The revelation was discovered after The Commercial Appeal obtained University emails through an open records request.

University counsel Melanie Murry wrote in an April 16 email that McFerrin had recently been “amenable” to the University hiring an outside firm to look into the culture of the basketball program. Two days later, Murry wrote an email to inform McFerrin’s representative, Tracy Warren, that University president M. David Rudd had signed McFerrin’s contract extension.



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