Women’s Basketball Coaching Changes Tracker and News, 2020

Missouri State

Alysiah Bond has joined the staff as an assistant coach, following a one-year stint at Texas Tech and a longer one at Michigan State.

Missouri State women’s basketball coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton announced the addition of veteran assistant Alysiah Bond to her staff Friday.

“I am truly grateful and excited to join the Lady Bear family and to have another opportunity to work alongside Coach Mox,” Bond said. “Having spent four years together, there is one thing that I undoubtedly know…she has “It”! Her dynamic attributes are easily recognizable – incredibly sharp professional acumen, the amazing gift of natural leadership and an undeniable ability to connect with and empower people from all walks of life. I relish the chance to support her mission to nurture, develop and mentor our student-athletes in a family-first environment while enthusiastically celebrating their successes academically, athletically and beyond.”

Bond boasts a decorated resume with stops at five Power Five schools, most recently spending the 2019-20 season at Texas Tech, where she assisted the Red Raiders to their best Big 12 finish in seven seasons and mentored All-American and WNBA draft pick Brittany Brewer.

Bond was on staff at Michigan State from 2015-19, where she worked alongside Coach Mox and coached current Missouri State assistant Tori Jankoska. The Spartans made three NCAA Tournaments and one WNIT during her tenure, and she helped sign a top 10 recruiting class while in East Lansing.


UNC Asheville

Paige Love has joined the Bulldog staff as an assistant coach.

Former UNC Asheville women’s basketball player Paige Love has joined the staff as an assistant coach, Bulldogs head coach Honey Brown announced, Friday. Love, who played for the Bulldogs from 2012-2016, spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Texas State.

“I am beyond thrilled to have Paige join our Bulldog staff,” said Brown. “Paige made a huge impact for this program as a player and I know she will do the same now as an assistant coach. She has tremendous work ethic and such positive energy that our players, staff and fans will love! I have watched Paige stretch herself in so many ways to learn and improve as a coach. I am excited to have her back in Asheville and in Kimmel Arena.”


James Madison

Former Ohio State women’s basketball player Samantha Prahalis has joined the Dukes staff as an assistant coach.

James Madison women’s basketball head coach Sean O’Regan has added Samantha Prahalis to the coaching staff as announced on Wednesday evening.

“I’m very excited to have Sam join our family,” O’Regan said. “She will bring the passion and knowledge she played with to help us get better as a program. We went through an extensive process and she continued to rise as the best fit for us.”

Prahalis comes to JMU after serving as the head coach for the girls’ varsity basketball team at North Babylon High School in New York this past season. Prior to her time at North Babylon, Prahalis was a very successful head coach at Ward Melville High School from 2017-19.


Grand Canyon

New head coach Molly Miller has announced several members of her staff.

Grand Canyon women’s basketball head coach Molly Miller announced additions to her Lopes staff for the upcoming season.

Miller welcomes assistant coaches Emily Ragsdale, Buck Scheel and Karyla Middlebrook, along with Brittany Lange as director of strategies and player development.



Tim Taylor, former assistant coach at North Carolina and Virginia, among other schools, has been named the new head coach.

Tim Taylor, a decorated assistant coach from the Atlantic Coast Conference, was announced on Tuesday as the new head coach of the Navy women’s basketball program by Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.

Most recently an assistant on staff at the University of North Carolina during the 2019-20 campaign, Taylor has honed his craft with 12 seasons of great Division I success and experience, with the majority coming at the University of Virginia. After breaking into the collegiate coaching arena with a two-year stint on staff at Furman University which culminated with a 2000 Southern Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, Taylor began his work in the ACC at Virginia. From his initial postseason trip with Furman, Taylor played significant roles on Cavalier teams that competed in six more NCAA Tournaments, in addition to WNIT berths in 2011 and 2017.

“Support within the basketball community for Coach Taylor’s candidacy to lead our women’s program was as positive and enthusiastic as I can recall on behalf of any applicant for a position within the NAAA,” said Gladchuk. “He has established an extraordinary reputation as a highly accomplished professional in every aspect of coaching and education. All steps in his career reflect motivational leadership, building trusted relationships, the highest levels of integrity, and a well-established road map to success. His influence on players, parents, alumni, friends, and his students has been all encompassing and speaks to a very respected and  inspirational story. Tim is a perfect fit to lead our women and our program into the future. He will be a terrific addition to our highly accomplished coaching staff at Navy. We are thrilled to welcome our new Head Coach and his family to Annapolis.”



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