Head Coaches are only as strong as the people they surround themselves with and it is no coincidence that the most successful programs also have some of the greatest assistant coaches in the game. To be considered for this list, the coaches must be current assistants for high major Division I programs. These coaches are considered the to be some of the most impactful in the country and they are all poised to take a head coaching position in the future should they choose, whether their first or a return to a lead role. After consulting with a panel of basketball professionals, we present: The Most Impactful High Major Assistant Coaches in DI Women's Basketball.
Aaron Kallihoff is entering his second season as an assistant for Penn State. Kallihoff has 18 years of experience in college coaching, eight in Division I, and his last six have been with Power Five programs. Before joining the staff at PSU, Kallihoff spent three seasons as an assistant at LSU, where he was a crucial part of bringing top-ranked national players to Baton Rouge. During the 2019-2020 season he helped the Tigers reach a 20-win season and an NCAA Tournament berth prior to its cancellation. Before his time at LSU, Kallihoff spent three years at TCU, where he helped guide the Horned Frog to two postseason runs in his three seasons on staff.
Abby Stamp is in her 14th year with the Iowa Women’s Basketball team. Prior to being named an assistant coach in 2019, Stamp spent eight seasons as director of operations for the Hawkeyes, and two seasons as director of player development. In her three seasons as a coach, the Hawkeyes have amassed a record of 67-25, and as their chief scheduler, Stamp has provided the program with playing one of the most exciting schedules in the country. Stamp has guided numerous players to All Big-Ten honors, and helped develop Caitlin Clark, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Tournament MVP, and Big Ten All-Tournament Honors after her sophomore run. Stamp herself is an alumna of the Iowa Women’s Basketball program, and helped lead the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten regular season championship in 2008.
Adrian Walters joined the Tarheels staff in 2020 as an assistant coach with over 20 years of coaching experience. Walters has developed over 25 professional players across his career, and continues to bring guidance to the UNC Women’s program. Prior to joining the Tarheels, Walters spent the 2019-2020 season at Alabama, where he helped the Crimson Tide reach its highest total of regular season wins and conference wins in more than two decades. Before Alabama, Walters spent 7 years at Auburn, where he guided the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two WNIT appearances.
Amber Smith was named an assistant coach for Kentucky in 2018 after spending several seasons as director of player development for the Wildcats. In her first year as a coach with the Wildcats, Smith helped lead the Women’s program to 25 wins, a top-four finish in the SEC, and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Smith has put in direct work with UK’s point guards, and helped create their dominant offense. Smith continued to show a significant impact on the program as she helped develop top guards during the 2019-2020 season, with guard Rhyne Howard being named a unanimous candidate for National Player of the Year. While Smith was director of player development, she helped coordinate student-athlete community service, and the UK women's basketball program also made history under Smith's leadership with two players selected in the 2017 WNBA Draft.
Brianna Kiesel is entering her second season as assistant coach at her alma mater. Prior to her return to Pitt, Kiesel spent six seasons playing professionally in the WNBA and overseas. While a player at Pitt, Kiesel was the Pather’s all-time leader in minutes played, and posted 42 games with 20+ points. Kiesel’s time at Pitt led the Women’s program to an NCAA Tournament appearance. Kiesel played for five teams in four different countries and earned multiple First Team All-League selections.
Britney Anderson has spent the last two seasons as an assistant for Stanford, where she has helped guide the Cardinal to two consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four and its first National Championship since 1992. Anderson works predominantly with the guards, and in her first two seasons with the Cardinal, Stanford has gone 63-6, boasting the most wins and best percentage of any school in the country. With Anderson’s help, Stanford will enter the 2022-2023 season with a 34-game win streak against other Pac-12 teams. Prior to joining the staff at Stanford, Anderson was an assistant at her alma mater, Virginia Tech, where she helped lead the Hokies to four straight postseason appearances. She was also an assistant at Radford, where she played a crucial role and helped guide them to a trip to the WNIT in 2015.
Brittany Morris will be entering her second season as an assistant for NC State during the 2022-2023 season. Morris’s first season with the Wolfpack was one of their most historic seasons, where the Pack reached its third-straight ACC Tournament title, and its first regular-season and tournament crown sweep since 1985. With Morris’s help, the Wolfpack also made their first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance since 1998 and won a record 32 games. Prior to joining the staff at NC State, Morris spent three seasons at UNCW, where during the 2018-2019 season, she helped them win 13 home games, their best record since moving to Division I.
Bob Starkey returned to the LSU staff in 2022 as associate head coach. Starkey coached at LSU from 1989-2011 where he helped lead the Tigers to five Final Four appearances. Prior to returning to Baton Rouge, Starkey spent one year at Auburn, and before that he spent nine seasons with Texas A&M. He helped lead the Aggies to the 2021 SEC regular-season title. In his career, Starkey has been a part of 790 collegiate victories, 24 NCAA Tournaments, eight Elite Eight appearances, and five straight trips to the Final Four from 2004-2008.
Calamity McEntire will enter her first season as associate head coach at Illinois during the 2022-2023 season. McEntire has 16 years of Division I coaching experience under her belt, and prior to joining the Fighting Illini, she was an assistant coach at the University of Texas. Under McEntire’s guidance, Longhorns posted a 29-7 record during the 2021-2022 season, claiming a Big 12 Tournament championship and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance as well. Prior to Texas, McEntire spent four seasons at Dayton, where she helped the Flyers reach three Atlantic 10 regular season championships, a conference tournament crown, and a postseason run in each of the four seasons she was there.
Chelsea Newton is entering her first season as associate head coach for Texas A&M, although she holds over 13 years of coaching experience. The past seven seasons Newton was an assistant at Georgia, where she helped the Lady Bulldogs land three top-15 recruiting classes and earn four bids to the NCAA Tournament. She also helped guide Georgia to the program’s first SEC Tournament finals since 2004 and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In 13 seasons at Rutgers and Georgia, Newton has coached 14 WNBA Players and 19 all-conference selections.
Chris Dailey has spent 36 seasons with the UCONN Huskies. She has helped build the program into a national power, and has guided the Huskies to 11 NCAA Championships and 53 conference titles. She has helped coach 46 All-Americans and helped the Huskies reach 21 Final Fours and six perfect seasons. Dailey was named associate head coach in 1988 and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018, being one of the first assistant coaches to earn a spot in the hall of fame. She has stepped in and served as head coach for the Huskies six times, leading UCONN to a 12-0 record, as well as leading the team to the program’s first Big East Tournament title in 1989 and the 1997 Big East Tournament championship.
Corry Irvin will be entering her first season as an assistant for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Irvin spent the 21-22 season as an assistant at Illinois, and has over 23 years of coaching experience at all levels. Prior to her time in the Big Ten, Irvin spent two seasons as head coach at Saint Xavier in Chicago, where she led the Cougars to back-to-back CCAC championships and a record of 46-8 and an impressive 32-1 in the CCAC. Saint Xavier was ranked in the Top 20 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. Prior to coaching at the collegiate level, Irvin spent 18 years as the head coach for Whitney Young High School, where she transformed the program into one of the best high school basketball programs in the country. She compiled a career record of 447-77 with the Dolphins and led them to three Illinois State Championships.
Craig Carter was named an assistant for Florida State in 2021, and will be entering his second season with the Seminoles. During the 2021-2022 season, Carter helped guide the Seminoles to a 17 win season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to joining the staff at FSU, Carter spent five seasons at Wisconsin, one of which as Associate Head Coach. He worked primarily with Badger guards, coaching multiple girls to Big Ten honors. Carter also coached at his alma mater Rutgers on the men’s side for four seasons, as well as coaching at Longwood. While at Longwood, he helped the Lancers reach the Big South Tournament semifinals during the 2014-2015 season.
Damitria Buchanan will be entering her second season at Auburn, and she was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2022. In her first year, Buchanan helped land a top-25 recruiting class for the Tigers who will be joining them for the 2022-2023 season. During the 2021-2022 season, Buchanan helped the Tigers double their win total from the previous season and pick up three victories against top-25 opponents. Prior to joining the Tigers’ staff, Buchanan spent six seasons at Kansas, where she served as recruiting coordinator. Buchanan also spent time at Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin. At SFA, Buchanan helped coach the Ladyjacks to the Southland Conference Tournament Championship and a 23-win season.
Darrell Mosley is entering his first season with the ASU Sundevils. Mosley worked with newly appointed ASU Head Coach Natasha Adair at the University of Delaware, where during the 2021-2022 season, the Blue Hens reached their first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade. Prior to his time at Delaware, Mosley spent six seasons as the head coach for Lincoln University’s women’s program. While at Lincoln, Mosley amassed 82 wins, the second-most in Lincoln’s history. He helped guide Lincoln's program to three consecutive seasons reaching the CIAA Tournament semifinals. In his last season at LU, he coached the Lions to a 23 win season and earned CIAA Coach of the Year. The Lions held 14 or more wins in all but one season under Mosley.
Ebony Gilliam enters her ninth season on head coach Jeff Mittie’s staff at K-State and her second stint as an assistant coach. In her first three seasons at K-State, Gilliam served as an assistant coach on Mittie’s staff, then transitioned to the Director of Recruiting Operations for the next four seasons. Prior to coming Kansas State, she served on Mittie’s coaching staff while he was at TCU and was also a player for Mittie with the Horned Frogs. During her time at TCU, Gilliam was promoted to assistant coach prior to the start of the 2012-13 season and served two seasons as an assistant coach on Mittie’s staff in Fort Worth. Prior to her promotion, Gilliam served as the Horned Frogs’ director of operations for two seasons.
The 2022-2023 season will mark Elena Lavato’s second season as associate head coach for the Longhorns. During the 2020-2021 season Lavato was an assistant at Texas, where she helped guide the Longhorns to a 21-game win season and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance. Lavato also played a key role in bringing in the first recruiting class under Head Coach Schaefer, which ranked as the No. 4 class in the country entering the 2021-2022 season. Prior to joining the Longhorns, Lavato was an assistant under Schaefer at Mississippi State, where she helped recruit some of the top classes in MSU history that led to four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including back-to-back national title game appearances. She also helped lead the Bulldogs to their first SEC Championship.
Erin Batth will enter her first season as an assistant for Michigan during the 2022-2023 season. Batth joins the Wolverines after four seasons as an assistant coach at NC State, where she helped the Wolfpack reach three straight ACC Tournament titles for the first time in program history. In her four seasons at NC State, Batth compiled an impressive 110-17 record, finishing in the top 10 each season and reaching three Sweet 16s, along with the 2022 Elite Eight. Prior to her time with the Wolfpack, Batth spent the 2017-2018 season as an assistant at Liberty, where she helped the Lady Flames sweep the Big South regular season and tournament title, and helped them to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2022-2023 season will mark Erin Grant’s second season as an assistant at Arizona. In her first season in Tucson, Grant helped lead the Wildcats to a fourth consecutive 20-win season and an NCAA Tournament game in McKale Center for the first time since 1998. Prior to joining the staff at Arizona, Grant spent two seasons at USC as an assistant coach and recruiting director, where she coached two young Pac 12 stars, one going on to become Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Before she began her coaching career, Grant received All-American honors while playing at Texas Tech, and she was selected 39th in the 2006 WNBA Draft.
Fitzroy Anthony has been an assistant for Miami since 2015. With Anthony’s guidance, the Hurricanes have reached the NCAA Tournament four of his five seasons on staff, including two Round of 32 appearances. During his tenure with the Canes, Miami holds a 109-53 record, and Anthony has worked with five All-ACC players. He has also helped guide two guards to ACC All-Freshman Team recognitions. Before joining Miami, Anthony was an assistant at Florida Atlantic for three seasons, where he helped the Owls make the transition from the Sun Belt to Conference USA. During his time at FAU, he aided in guiding the Owls to their second winning season since 2006 and their second-most wins during that stretch.
Gavin Petersen is a 19-year veteran of NCAA Division I coaching and is entering his seventh season as an assistant coach for the Utes. Petersen works mainly with post players while coordinating Utah’s defense, and he has helped lead Utah to three postseason runs in his six years there. Petersen has also helped guide the Utes to two 18-win seasons, a 20-win season, and their first AP Poll ranking since 2008. Prior to joining the staff at Utah, Petersen spent two seasons as an assistant at University of the Pacific, where he helped lead the Tigers to consecutive WNIT appearances. Petersen also served as an assistant coach at Hawaii and Idaho, where he helped eight teams reach the postseason.
Isoken Uzamere will be entering her first season as assistant coach with Georgia during the 2022-2023 season. Uzamere works primarily with the post players and assists with recruiting and scouting. Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Uzamere was on staff at UCF, where she helped lead the Knights to five postseason appearances, three NCAA bids, and the 2022 American Athletic Conference regular season and conference titles. With Uzamere’s aide, the Knights earned their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, first NCAA win, and highest seeding ever. Uzamere also spent four seasons at Albany prior to UCF, where she helped develop Brittney Smith into one of the top forwards in the league and a two time All-Conference Selection.
Jason Jeschke joined the WVU staff in 2022 and will enter his first season as associate head coach for the Mountaineers. He spent the last five seasons at North Dakota, where he helped the program to a 135-27 overall record, and a 73-5 mark in the Summit League. He helped guide USD to three regular-season championships, three conference tournament championships, and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance. He was part of the coaching staff that helped the Coyotes win 28 or more games for three consecutive seasons from 2018-2020. Jeschke helped coach the 2020 Coyotes who outscored league opponents by an average of 32 points per game and became the first and only program to go undefeated in the Summit League’s regular season and win the conference tournament championship.
Jenny Huth will be entering her second season as assistant for Oregon State. In just her first season with the Beavers, she helped OSU reach a 17 win season and a run to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Prior to joining the Beavers, Huth spent three seasons as the head coach for Northern Colorado. In her first season at UNC, she led the Bears to a 21 win season and an appearance in the WNIT. Under Huth, the bears made the Big SKy Tournament semifinals twice, and she coached 7 All-Big Sky selections. Before joining the staff at UNC, Huth spent seven seasons as an assistant at UCLA, where she helped the Bruins amass a 148-85 record and reach the NCAA Tournament four times, including an Elite Eight appearance
Jhasmin Player joins Oklahoma State as associate head coach. Player spent last season as an assistant at SMU, where she helped lead the Mustangs to a WNIT berth. Before her time in Dallas, Player spent two seasons as an assistant at Kansas from 2019-2021. She spent the 2018-2019 season on staff at LMU, where she helped lead the program to its first postseason appearance since 2001, where the Lions earned a WNIT bid. Player spent five seasons playing professionally in Europe, where during the 2014 season she averaged 39.9 points a game, and she spent one season with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
Joanne Aluka-White will be entering her fourth season as an assistant at North Carolina. Prior to joining the Tarheels, Aluka-White spent two seasons as the associate head coach at UNC Charlotte
Jodie Berry is entering her ninth season with the Oregon Women’s Basketball program. She was named associate head coach in 2021 after seven years as an assistant coach. Berry has helped lead the Ducks to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including four Sweet Sixteen runs, three Elite Eight appearances, and a Final Four. With Berry’s help, Oregon had three straight Pac-12 regular season titles from 2017-2020, and two Pac-12 Tournament championships in the 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 seasons. Berry is Oregon’s post coach, and has developed two WNBA Draft first-round selections in recent years. Before COVID cut the season short, the Ducks posted a 31-2 record and was in position to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history with Berry’s guidance.
Jolette Law joined South Carolina as an assistant in 2017. Law played a big role in helping the Gamecocks have the No. 1 recruiting classes in 2019 and 2021. Prior to joining the staff at South Carolina, Law has been a head coach, an associate head coach, and an assistant for five different programs at some of women’s basketball’s powerhouse schools. She has coached 22 players who were selected in the WNBA Draft and seen 14 NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, nine Elite Eight seasons, three Final Four appearances, and one national runner up. She has also amassed four regular season conference championships as well as four conference tournament titles.
The 2022-2023 season will mark Jonas Chatterton’s ninth season as an assistant at Oregon State, and his 18th year as a Division I assistant. Chatterton’s eight years with the Beavers proved to be the best years in program history, including six 20+ win seasons, three-straight Pac-12 regular season titles, and the five highest win totals in program history. During the 2018-2019 season he helped guide the Beavers to its fourth-straight Sweet Sixteen appearance and a 26-8 record. The 2017-2018 seasons saw Oregon State reaching its second ever Elite Eight appearance and another 26 win season with the aid of Chatterton. Chatterton was also part of the staff that led Oregon State to its first ever Final Four during the 2015-2016 season and a 32-5 record.
Jonneshia Pineda will enter her first year as an associate head coach at Louisville, but she spent the three prior seasons as an assistant for the Cards. In her first three seasons at Louisville, she helped lead the Cardinals to an 83-13 record, two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championships, two trips to the Elite Eight, and the 2022 Final Four. In 2020 Pineda was named to the WBCA 2020 30-Under-30 list. In her first three seasons she helped lead Louisville to three 25+ win seasons, and in the 2019-2020 season she helped guide the program to its first ever outright ACC regular season title. Prior to joining the Cardinals staff, Pineda spent six seasons at Georgia Tech, where she helped lead the Yellow Jackets to five 20-win seasons, one NCAA Tournament appearance, four appearances in the WNIT, including a trip to the 2017 WNIT championship
Joy McCorvey will be entering her second season as an assistant at Tennessee, but her 12th year as an assistant coach. As a college assistant, McCorvey has amassed an impressive 216 wins and has helped programs to nine postseason appearances, five NCAA and four WNIT. She has had nine seasons of 20+ wins. Prior to joining the Vols, McCorvey spent three seasons at Florida State. At FSU, McCorvey helped develop players who earned All-ACC First Team honors. She also handled the Seminoles recruiting efforts, where she helped FSU sign two five-star players in 2019, and 3 four-star players in 2021. After having to replace their entire starting five during the 2018-2019 season, McCovery’s efforts aided the Seminoles in going 24-9 despite facing a whole new team.
The 2022-2023 season will mark Julian Assibey’s third season as an assistant coach at Florida. Assibey has quickly become a large asset to the Gators, for in his first season on staff he helped guide Florida to their first postseason berth since 2016, and their first postseason win since 2014. Prior to joining the Gators, Assibey spent four seasons with Montana State, where he helped lead the Bobcats to 82 wins, two Big Sky regular season titles, and a conference tournament crown. Each year he was at MSU, he saw at least two players garner all-conference accolades. He was also part of the 2019-2020 staff, where Montana posted a 25-6 record and had one of the greatest runs in program history. With Assibey on staff in his final season, Montana State also recorded a Big Sky record 19 conference wins, where in those victories they won by an average margin of 18 points.
Karen Blair began as an assistant in Maryland in 2018, however, she was promoted to associate head coach in 2020. Blair brings over 20 years of coaching and recruiting experience to Maryland, and in 2020 she was named Division I Assistant Coach of the Year by the WBCA. In her four seasons with the Terps, Blair has helped guide Maryland to a record of 106-21 and the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Big Ten regular season titles. In 2020 and 2021 she also helped the Terps reach Big Ten Tournament Titles, as well as aiding them in their back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 2021-2022. In her first three seasons at Maryland, Blair helped lead the Terps to three consecutive 25+ win seasons.
Kate Paye is entering her sixteenth year as a member of the Stanford women’s basketball coaching staff, and her seventh as associate head coach. Since Paye has been on the Cardinal staff, the program has an incredible 468-75 record, winning the 2021 national championship, advancing to two other title games, nine Final Four appearances, and making the Sweet 16 every year. Paye works with perimeter players, oversees the defense, and does scouting and recruiting. Since 2007-2008, the guards coached by Paye have been selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft five times, had four All-America honors, three Pac-12 Player of the Year awards, and 26 first team All-Pac 12 selections.
Ketara Chapel will enter her second season as an assistant coach for Auburn. In just her first season on staff for the Tigers, Chapel helped the team reach 10 victories, which doubled their win total from the previous season, including three wins over top-25 opponents. Their victory over Tennessee marked Auburn’s first win over a top-25 opponent 1997. Prior to joining the staff at Auburn, Chapel spent the 2020-2021 season on staff at Texas, where the Longhorns compiled a 21-10 overall record and advanced to the Elite Eight.
The 2022-2023 season will mark Kristen Sharkey’s first season as an assistant at Syracuse. Prior to joining the Orange staff, Sharkey spent seven seasons as an assistant at Buffalo, where she helped transform the program into a major contender in the Mid-American Conference. During her time there, Buffalo made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen run in 2018. In just her first season at UB, the Bulls won the MAC Tournament and secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament. She helped develop nine All-MAC players during her time as an assistant. With Sharkey on staff, the 2018 UB team became the first in school history, and only second in MAC history, to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Kristin Haynie will enter her third season as assistant coach of the Michigan State Spartans. Prior to her time as a Spartan, Haynie spent three years at Central Michigan, where she helped guide the Chippewas to the 2017 MAC championship. She also spent two years as an assistant at Eastern Michigan prior to her time at CMU. Michigan was also a player for MSU, where she had a stellar career, ranking as their career leader in assists and steals, and is one of three women’s basketball players to record a triple-double. She was the ninth pick in the 2005 WNBA draft, and won the WNBA title in her first season as a pro. She was inducted in to the Michigan State Hall of Fame in 2017.
Latara King joins the Huskies staff as an assistant after three seasons as an assistant at Rice. With King’s guidance, the Owls won three consecutive Conference USA Championships and a 72-16 overall record, with an impressive 44-4 record in conference play. In her last season at Rice, the Owls became the first Conference team to win three straight C-USA regular season titles, and they won the program’s first WNIT championship. In just her first season at Rice, the Owls boasted a perfect 16-0 conference record, and a 28 win season, a new program record, and their first NCAA Tournament for the first time in 14 years.
Laurie Koehn was named associate head coach at Washington State in 2018. Prior to joining the Cougars, Koehn spent three years with WSU head Coach Kamie Ethridge at Northern Colorado. During the 2017-2018 season, Koehn helped lead Northern Colorado to a program record 26 wins, and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Prior to coaching, Koehn played 11 years playing professionally in the WNBA and overseas.
Lindsey Hicks will be entering her third season as an assistant at Virginia Tech. In both of her seasons with the Hokies, VT has reached the NCAA Tournament. Prior to her tenure at Virginia Tech, she was associate head coach at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech. In her last three seasons with the Lady Techsters, she helped lead Louisiana Tech to back-to-back winning seasons and postseason appearances. She was also previously on staff at Northwestern State, where she helped them earn their third straight postseason appearance during her one year on staff. Before she began her coaching career, Hicks spent six seasons playing professionally in Europe.
Lindsey Spann joined the Maryland staff in 2019 and spent a season as Director of Recruiting Operations before being named an assistant coach in 2020. In her three seasons at Maryland, Spann helped guide the Terps to a record of 77-15, two Big Ten regular season titles, two Big Ten Tournament titles, and back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 2021 and 2022. Spann has helped Maryland reach three 20+ win seasons, and she earned the WBCA 30-under-30 honors in 2021. In the 2020-2021 season, the Terps lost all five starters, however, with Spann on staff, Maryland had a 26-3 record and an impressive 17-1 record in Big Ten play. The Terps led the nation in scoring and won the 2021 Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.
Lisa Boyer has been on staff at South Carolina since 2008, but was named associate head coach in 2010. Since she has been on staff the Gamecocks have amassed 331 wins, and she has helped lead them to five SEC regular season championships, six SEC Tournament titles, the programs first NCAA Final Four appearance in 2015, their first NCAA National championship, and their first final No. 1 national ranking. Boyer has also helped South Carolina have two top-rank recruiting classes in 2019 and 2021. With Boyer on staff the Gamecocks have had nine 25-win seasons and back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2015 and 2016. Boyer has helped guide South Carolina to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and their first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2013-2014.
Morgan Paige joined the Kansas staff in 2021 and is entering her second season with the Jayhawks. In her first season with Kansas, she helped lead the Jayhawks to a historic campaign. They finished with 21 wins, the program's first 20+ win season in over a decade, and the Jayhawks had 20 wins during the regular season for the first time since 1999, and a trip to the 2022 NCAA Tournament. In Paige’s first season, Kansas had three players earn All-Big 12 recognition. Prior to joining the Jayhawks, Paige spent five seasons on staff at North Dakota State, where she helped the Bison transform their program and have their first winning season in a decade. Paige helped NDSU reach their highest finish in the program’s DI history.
In 2022, Priscilla Edwards will begin her second year as a Clemson assistant coach. Edwards arrived at Clemson after completing her fifth season as Associate Head Coach of the women's basketball program at Providence College in 2020-21. Edwards spent three years as an assistant coach at St. John's before joining Providence (2012-15). During her time with the Red Storm, she assisted in the development and mentoring of four WNBA Draft picks, including Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith, who were the first in program history to be selected in the 2013 draft. In 2014, she also helped sign the Red Storm's 12th-ranked recruiting class. Edwards also led St. John's to the postseason in each of her three seasons on staff, including two 20-win seasons. St. John's finished the 2014-15 season with a 23-11 record and was invited to the WNIT. In 2014 and 2015, the Red Storm made back-to-back berths in the NCAA Tournament.She started her coaching career at St. Bonaventure as the Director of Basketball Operations in 2009 and was promoted to assistant coach in 2010. Edwards led the Bonnies to the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and their first-ever NCAA Tournament trip in 2012 during her stay in Olean.
Shannon LeBeauf joined the UCLA women's basketball coaching staff in May of 2011 and is in her 12th season with the club. She was elevated to associate coach ahead to the 2019-20 season. She has helped the Bruins to 233 wins and six NCAA Tournament trips in her 11 seasons with the school, including an Elite 8 berth in 2018. LeBeauf most recently guided the Bruins to the Pac-12 Tournament championship game and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2021.In 2014-15, LeBeauf was a part of UCLA's first-ever No. 1 recruiting class. Recee' Caldwell, Jordin Canada, Monique Billings, Lajahna Drummer, and Kelli Hayes were among the freshmen. Ashley Hearn and Kennedy Burke were the ninth-best recruiting class in the country in 2015-16. During Head Coach Cori Close's 10-year stint, she was a member of the UCLA coaching team alongside Assistant Coach Tony Newnan. She coached at Duke for five seasons before returning to Los Angeles (2004-09). From 2000 to 2004, LeBeauf worked as an assistant at USC, and from 1999 to 2000, he worked at Iowa.
Taelor Karr enters her second year in Stillwater. Karr joins Stillwater after serving as an assistant coach at Santa Clara for the previous five seasons. Karr worked as a graduate assistant manager at Oregon before joining the Broncos. Karr, a native of Paola, Kan., was a two-year collegiate player for Graves at Gonzaga. As a senior in 2012-13, she was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-league pick. In her final collegiate season, Karr averaged 11.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. She also made 69 3-pointers this season, which is tied for seventh most in program history for a single season.
Katie Abrahamson-Henderson announced on April 8, 2022 that Tahnee Balerio, who has taught and developed some of the finest point guards in the country, has been named associate head coach and recruitment coordinator for Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball. Balerio's teams have earned eight NCAA tournament berths and five conference championships in total. She was part of a coaching team that helped UCF to five postseason berths, three NCAA bids, and the regular season and conference titles in the American Athletic Conference in 2022. The Knights made their first NCAA tournament appearance, won their first NCAA game, and received their highest seeding ever. Balerio has coached some of the best guards in the country throughout her tenure. Diamond Battles of UCF was named the AAC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and AAC Tournament MVP in 2022, while Alisha Lewis was named the 2021 Newcomer and Sixth Player of the Year under her direction. Kay Kay Wright was named to the 2020 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List and was named to the Naismith Trophy National Player of the Year Watch List, putting her among the top in the country. Wright was named to the All-AAC first team by a unanimous vote, and she concluded her career second in assists (494) and third in points (1,614) at UCF. Preseason AAC Player of the Year (the first in program history), she is the only Knight in team history to score 1,600 points, throw out over 400 assists, and steal over 250 times.
Tamisha Augustin enters her first season with the Gators. Augustin will be heading to Gainesville after spending the 2021-22 campaign in the NBA G-League, serving as an assistant coach on Jason Terry's staff for the Grand Rapids Gold, the G-League affiliate for the Denver Nuggets. Augustin is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference, having served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State beginning from April 2021 before joining the Grand Rapids Gold. Augustin served two seasons as an assistant coach and recruitment coordinator at Arizona before coming to Mississippi State. She was selected the World Exposure Report Assistant Coach of the Year in 2021. Augustin helped the Wildcats reach their first-ever berth in the NCAA championship game in 2021 while in Tucson. During the run, Arizona defeated opponents by double digits in the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, and Final Four, including a thrilling 69-59 victory over No. 1 UConn in the Final Four. During Augustin's tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats went 45-13, with seven wins over top-10 opponents. Augustin assisted Arizona in signing Lauren Ware, a five-star prospect, two-time Gatorade National Player of the Year, and Jordan Brand Classic pick, in 2020. She was also instrumental in the recruitment of transfers Bendu Yeaney and Trinity Baptiste, the 2020 ACC Sixth Player of the Year, who both started for the national runner-up squad.
In 2022-23, Terry Nooner will begin his third season as a member of Brandon Schneider's coaching staff at Kansas. The former Jayhawk, who was appointed associate head coach on April 19, 2021, is in his second stint at Kansas. Nooner has had success at all levels of basketball, including nearly a decade in women's collegiate basketball. He has also coached at Texas, Maryland, Alabama, and Southern Illinois, as well as serving as a player development coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers for one season. Nooner returned to Kansas in 2021-22 and aided Schneider during the Jayhawks' breakthrough season. The Jayhawks concluded the season with a 21-10 record, their first 20-win season since 2010-11, and their first 20-win regular season since 1999-2000. Kansas finished the season with a berth in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, where the Jayhawks were seeded eighth in the Spokane Regional and upset Georgia Tech 77-58 in the first round before falling to eventual regional champion Stanford in the second round. Before returning to Lawrence, Nooner worked as an assistant coach at Texas for the 2019-20 season, primarily with post players. While on the Forty Acres, he coached two All-Big 12 picks and one WNBA draft pick, and UT won three games against Top 25 opponents.
Tia Jackson joined the Duke women's basketball coaching staff in July of 2020 as an assistant coach. Jackson, a 24-year coaching veteran with four years as a head coach, spent five seasons at Miami prior to Durham, where she led the Hurricanes to four consecutive NCAA Tournament trips and 109 victories. Jackson returns to Durham, N.C., after spending the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons as an assistant coach at Duke, where she helped the Blue Devils to 63 victories and a trip to the 2006 NCAA title game. After leading the Miami Hurricanes to the NCAA Tournament four times in the last five seasons, Jackson returned to Durham. This featured four straight seasons of 20 wins or more, as well as two WNBA Draft picks. On their home court twice, the Hurricanes progressed to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. (2017 and 2019). During Jackson's time as an assistant coach with the Canes, the team went 109-53. From 2007 to 2011, Jackson was the head coach at Washington, where he both played and coached in the Final Four. She signed a number of talented recruiting classes during her time there, and her 2008 recruiting haul was ranked No. 11 in the country.
Tori Jankoska joins the Virginia women’s basketball team for her first season. Jankoska previously worked at Missouri State University. Jankoska led the Lady Bears to a 74-15 overall record and a 46-6 Missouri Valley Conference record in three seasons, including two regular season titles and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen participation in 2021. She coached players that earned many conference awards, including player of the year, defensive player of the year (twice), all-newcomer team (twice), all-defensive team (three times), and five first-team all-MVC picks for the Lady Bears. Jankoska led Missouri State to a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2021, tied for the best placement in program history, and a final position of 14th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the best for the Tigers since 2001. Jankoska's Lady Bears have finished each of her seasons ranked in the top 25 of both major polls, went undefeated at home in 2019-20, and then went undefeated in conference play (16-0) and on the road (11-0) for the first time in program history in 2020-21. Jankoska, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft by the Chicago Sky and spent the 2017-18 season playing professionally for Basket Gdynia in Poland, entered the college coaching ranks in 2018-19 as the Director of Recruiting Operations and Player Personnel at Maryland, where she helped the Terrapins to a 29-5 overall record and the Big Ten regular-season title.
Brooks joined Kevin McGuff's staff in May 2021, following a four-year tenure with Michigan, where he assisted the Wolverines to three consecutive NCAA Tournament trips and coached five All-Big Ten guards and wingers. Michigan made its first-ever Sweet Sixteen berth and earned the highest ranking (No. 11) in program history during Brooks' final season in Ann Arbor. During the abbreviated season, the Wolverines ended with a 16-6 record. Naz Hillmon, a junior forward, is the first Wolverine to be both Big Ten Player of the Year and an All-American. Under Brooks' tutelage, junior Leigha Brown was named to the All-Big Ten second team. This past season the Buckeyes finished with 25 wins and a Sweet Sixteen berth. Brooks took part in TopConnect, formerly known as Villa 7, a prestigious program that connects top assistant coaches with other head coaches and athletic directors for networking opportunities and develops programming that allows top assistant coaches to hear from a variety of successful leaders in the basketball industry in 2020.
Winston Gandy joined the Duke women's basketball coaching staff in July 2020 as an assistant coach. Gandy, in his third year as a member of the Rice University women's basketball coaching staff, has led the Owls to three straight 20-win seasons, one NCAA Tournament participation, and one Conference USA Championship. Gandy was a key part of Rice's best three-year span in women's basketball history, helping the Owls to a 72-22 overall record and a 42-8 Conference USA record. The Owls won a school-record 28 games in 2018-19, including an NCAA Tournament berth and their first Conference USA Tournament title. Prior to joining the Rice coaching staff, Gandy worked for the Washington Wizards for one season as an assistant coach and two years as the player development coordinator. Gandy worked with a pair of multi-year NBA All-Stars in John Wall (5-time selection) and Bradley Beal (2-time selection) during his stint with the Wizards, as Washington advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals three times.