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Most Impactful Mid Major Assistant Coaches in DI Women's Basketball

By James Parker, Sully Carter, & Mia Kaufman , 06/21/22, 9:00AM PDT


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 Mid 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 Mid Major Assistant Coaches in DI Women's Basketball.

Abby Jump - Memphis

Abby Jump will be entering her second season as an assistant at Memphis. She joins the Tigers after spending three seasons at her alma mater, Wright State. With Jump on staff, the Raiders were 65-27 with two NCAA Tournament trips and two Horizon League championships in those three seasons. Jump was a player at Wright State as well, where she led the Raiders to a 149-76 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014. Prior to coaching at WSU, Jump helped coach Morehead State to a 42-21 record and the program’s first postseason appearance since 2010. While she was there, the Eagles also had two 20 win seasons, and their first-ever appearance in the WNIT. Jump has also been a WBCA 30 Under 30 Award recipient for the past four years.

Adrianne Harlow - North Alabama

Adrianne Harlow enters her ninth season as an assistant at North Alabama. Prior to her time at UNA, Harlow was an assistant at Tusculum, where she helped guide the Pioneers to four-consecutive winning campaigns, including back-to-back 26-win seasons and SAC Championships in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons. When she was an assistant at Belmont, she helped guide the Crusaders to an average of 20 wins per season, and in her first season at Belmont, the Crusaders won 22 games and won a share of the conference championship en route to a CVAC Tournament title and a berth to the NCAA Division II East Regional.

Alex Delanian - Hawaii

Alex Delanian rejoined the Hawaii staff in 2018 as an assistant coach. He was an assistant at UH from 2014-2017 before he left to join the staff at UC Santa Barbara during the 2017-2018 season. In his first stint as an assistant at UH, helped lead Hawaii to a regular season Big West Conference championship in 2015, and a conference tournament championship in 2016. When he returned to UH’s program in 2018, the ‘Bows had a second place finish. In all of his seasons at Hawaii, the ‘Bows have been to the semi finals or championship game of the Big West all but one.

Alexis Sherard - Liberty

Alexis Sherard is in his 15th season on the coaching staff at Liberty. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2017-2018 season and serves as the team’s co-recruiting coordinator and assists with game strategies and player development. In eight of his first 14 years with the Lady Flames, Sherard has helped Liberty to conference tournament championship rings. He coaches mostly the post players, and Liberty has led the nation in rebound margin four times during Sherard’s tenure.

Allie Bassetti - Manhattan

Allie Bassetti is entering her seventh season as an assistant coach at Manhattan, and her third as the program’s recruiting coordinator. Bassetti has focused on the development of Manhattan’s point guard-position players during her time with the Jaspers, including Gabby Cajou who was the first player in program history to be selected as the MAAC’s Sixth Player of the Year. Prior to joining the staff at Manhattan, she spent three years as the director of basketball operations at American. While at American, she helped the Eagles make two postseason appearances, and during the 2013-2014 season they won 22 games and qualified for the WNIT. During the following season, the school posted a school-record 24 victories and its first ever NCAA Tournament berth. 

Allyson Fasnacht - St. Mary’s

Allyson Fasnacht will be entering her twelvth season on the St. Mary’s staff and her third as Associate Head Coach. With Fasnacht’s guidance, Saint Mary’s has collected 29 individual All-WCC honors, while winning 20-plus games and reaching the postseason in each of her first eight seasons. She has also guided seven different players to All-WCC Freshmen Honors, while 18 individuals have been named to All-WCC teams. With Fasnacht’s guidance, SMC has won over 175 games. Fasnacht came to SMC from Nevada where she was a Graduate Assistant for two seasons.

Amy Malo - Belmont

Amy Malo enters her sixth season as an assistant coach for Belmont women’s basketball. In her previous five years with the Bruins, Belmont has reached four OVC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as an 80-7 record in OVC play. Malo was a star player at Vanderbilt University from 2005-2009, where she played in two SEC Tournament Championships and made two trips to the Sweet Sixteen. She has also spent the past six years as the head coach of a local basketball club team that is composed of several DI athletes.

Amy Starr - Pacific

Amy Starr is entering her sixth season with the Pacific program. She was promoted to associate head coach during the 2018-2019 season. Prior to joining Pacific, Starr spent 10 years at Montana State, seven as associate head coach. The Bobcats players above .500 basketball each year while producing 17 Big Sky All-Conference performers. Prior to MSU, Starr spent eight seasons at Cal Poly, where she was a position coach for the post players.

Andrea Bloodworth - Liberty

The 2022-2023 season marks Andrea Bloodworth’s 16th season as an assistant at Liberty. During eight of Bloodworth’s first 14 seasons Liberty claimed conference titles, tallying 310-139 record. In 2017-2018 Bloodworth coached point guard Ashtyn Baker to Big South Freshman of the Year and Big South All-Tournament Team honors. 

Austin Kelly - UTA

Austin Kelly will enter his second season with UTA as an assistant. In his first season with the Mavericks, they posted a 20 win season. Prior to joining the staff at UTA, Kelly spent two seasons at Vanderbilt. He also spent a season at Georgia Tech as a grad assistant, where he was the defensive scout for all opponents and assisted with on-court player development. During the 2021-2022 season, he helped UTA to a 20 win season, a Sun Belt Championship, and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Becca Allison - Houston Baptist

Becca Allison is in her seventh year with the HBU women’s basketball program, and was recently promoted to associate head coach. With Allison on staff, the Huskies had a record breaking season in 2021-2022. The Huskies won their first Southland Conference regular season title in program history and finished with a conference record of 12-2. HBU qualified for the WNIT and played their first D1 postseason game in history. Allison was voted the top D1 assistant in Texas by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Allison plays a large part in HBU’s recruiting efforts and also oversees the team’s academic progress.

Ben Wierzba - Mercer

Ben Wierzba has been on the coaching staff at Mercer since 2015. During the 2021-2022 season, he helped guide Mercer to its third NCAA Tournament berth since 2018. During the previous season, he aided Mercer to its sixth consecutive SoCon semifinals appearance, and instructed the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, Shannon Titus.During the 2017-2018 season, Wierzba aided the Bears to a program record 30 wins, and the program’s first ever NCAA D1 Tournament berth. That season, the Bears also posted a 14-0 conference record, claiming the regular season title for the third consecutive season while also collecting the program’s first SoCon Tournament Title. Prior to joining the Mercer staff, Wierzba was an assistant coach for the men’s program at SIU Edwardsville, where he helped lead them to the most D1 wins and OVC wins in program history.

Bianca Smith - Lamar

Bianca Smith was named an assistant coach at Lamar in 2020.  She spent her previous four years on staff at Loyola Chicago, where she helped guide the Ramblers to their first winning season since 2011-2012. Prior to her time in Chicago, Smith served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Pittsburgh, and she also spent three years at Rice.

Brad Langston - UC Riverside

Brad Langston will enter his second season as an assistant for UC Riverside. In his first year on staff, he helped Jordan Webster earn the program’s second Big West All-Freshman honor in three years. He came to UCR from Grand Canyon, where he spent three seasons and helped guide six student-athletes to All-WAC team honors. Prior to his time at GCU, Langston was on staff at Hawaii, where he developed a first-team All-Big West student-athlete and landed another on the Big West All-Freshman team.

Brianna Chambers - Niagara

Brianna Chambers joined the Niagara staff during the 2019-2020 season, but she was promoted to associate head coach in 2021. During the 2019-2020 season, the Purple Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals of the MAAC Championships, and guard Maggie McIntyre was named Sixth Player of the Year. During the 2018-2019 season, Chambers helped guide Niagara to their best conference start in over a decade, and they completed in their first preseason WNIT in program history. Prior to joining the Niagara staff, Chambers was an assistant at the University of Portland. While at Portland, Chambers helped coach the 2015 State Farm College 3-Point championship winner Cassandra Brown, as well as five 1,000 point scorers and eight WCC All-Academic Team honorees.

Bryce Agler - Dayton

Bryce Agler will enter his first season as an assistant for Dayton during the 2022-2023 season. Agler spent the 2021-2022 season at Pitt, where he was the Director of Video and Player Performance. He focused mainly on identifying and producing talent on a collegiate level that is transferable to the professional level, a mission he brings to Dayton. Agler spent five years in the WNBA, as an assistant coach and player development coach with the Dallas Wings and the LA Sparks. Agler also spent time on staff at Southern Methodist University during the 2017-2018 season, where he was the video coordinator for the women’s team.

Carissa Thielbar - South Dakota State

Carissa Thielbar is entering her seventh season as an assistant coach at South Dakota State. With Thielbar’s guidance, the 2018-2019 SDSU squad won the Summit League regular season title with an impressive 15-1 record. They also won the league tournament for the ninth time in 11 seasons. They went in to the 2019 NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed, the highest in program history, and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time ever. During the 2019-2020 season, the Jackrabbits had a 23-win season and went 13-3 in Summit League play. Before Thielbar joined the Jackrabbits, she spent the 2017-2018 season as an assistant at Colorado State, where she helped the Rams to a 21-12 record and a postseason appearance in the WNIT.

Cecilia Russell-Nava - UC Irivine

The 2022-2023 season marks Cecilia Russel-Nava’s sixth season on staff at UC Irvine, and her third as associate head coach. During the 2021-2022 season, Russell-Nava helped lead the Anteaters to a 15-9 overall record, and UCI had its second straight runner-up finish in the regular season standings, as well as its first appearance in the Big West Tournament championship game in 24 years. During the 2019-2020 season, Russell-Nava also helped guide the Anteaters to a second-place finish in the Big West, their best since 1998. Russell-Nava was also on UCI staff during the 2018-2019 season, which was one of the best in program history. The Anteaters had their first 20-win season since 1984-1985. Before she joined the staff at UCI, Russell-Nava spent 2014-2016 at New Mexico State, where the Aggies made their third and fourth NCAA Tournament appearances while winning back-to-back WAC regular season and tournament titles.

Chelsea Lyles - FGCU

Chelsea Lyles is in her eighth season on staff at FGCU, and her third as associate head coach. The FGCU women’s program has made the postseason in every year of NCAA DI eligibility since Lyles joined the staff, and the team has amassed a 315-56 record during her tenure as a coach. In four of the past seven seasons, FGCU has had 30+ win seasons, something only four other schools can say. During the 2019-2020 season, Lyles helped guide the Green and Blue to a 30-3 record, including the program’s conference-record breaking 10th ASUN regular season championship. During only her second season as an assistant coach, the Eagles became the first school to go undefeated in ASUN play in back-to-back seasons.

Colleen Day Henderson - Akron

Colleen Day Henderson is entering her fifth season as associate head coach for Akron during the 2022-2023 season. During the 2019-2020 season, two athletes were named third-team and honorable mention All-MidAmerica Conference recipients. Similarly, since Henderson has been on staff, five athletes have earned Academic All-MAC honors. Prior to joining the staff at Akron, Henderson spent the 2017-2018 season at IUPUI, where she helped lead them to a 22-win season and a postseason appearance in the WNIT. Before she was in Indiana, Henderson spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Miami University, where she helped the RedHawks capture 146 wins, the 2008 MAC Championship, an appearance in the NCAA tournament, and two trips to the WNIT.

Cory McNeill - ECU

Cory McNeill was named associate head coach at ECU in 2019. In his first season with the Pirates, the squad made history as they finished second in the country in steals, steals per game, and turnovers forced. Prior to joining the staff at ECU, McNeill spent time on staff at the University of Hartford, where he helped the Hawks improve their win total in each successive season and reach the programs first WNIT appearance since 2013. Hartford’s 23-wins season during 2018-2019 was the highest total for the squad in a decade. McNeill went to Hartford after five seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia, where he helped guide the Cavaliers to a 90-71 record and three WNIT appearances.

Danny Hughes - USF

Deneen Parker - SMU

Deneen Parker returns to SMU as the associate head coach, where she previously spent 21 years with the program starting in 1995. Before returning to SMU, Parker spent two years as an assistant for Houston, helping Hoston achieve two postseason appearances. During her tenure at SMU, SMU was a five-time participant in the NCAA Tournament (1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2007-2008) and a five-time participant in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (2004-05, 2008-2009, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2013-14). Parker played professional basketball overseas and was a part of the gold medal women's basketball team (South) at the 1990-91 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival.

Drew Muscatell - Idaho

Drew Muscatell enters his third season at Idaho. He is heavily involved with the schools scouting and recruiting. His main focus with the basketball program is working with the post players on the team. He was first hired at Portland in 2015. Muscatell was honored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) as one of its Thirty Under 30 this past March. Before Portland, he was a video coordinator at San Jose State.

Erika Lambert - Abilene Christian

Erika Lambert entered her seventh season in the 2021-22 season as the associate head coach. Lambert brings 10 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level. Some of her responsibilities include recruiting, post player development, and leading the program’s alumni relations and community outreach efforts. Before Abilene Christian, Lambert was an assistant at Charleston Southern as well as Ohio Wesleyan and Bethel University. She helped Ohio go from 8 to 18 victories during the 2013-14 season, and also helped Bethel to 21 wins the next season.

Ewa Laskowska - Wichita State

Ewa Laskowska has five years under her belt for Wichita State, after spending 16 years before at UTEP and two years at Independence Community College. At UTEP, Laskowska helped the team make four postseason bids and four league championships. While coaching Independence Community College, ICC finished the season 31-2, and led the nation in scoring offense with 94 points per game. At Wichita, she has used her international ties to bring in eight players from foreign countries in just her first two seasons.

George Washington - Dayton

George Washington is a new addition to the Dayton Flyers, previously spending eight years as an assistant coach with University of Texas women’s basketball. He specialized in wing players and post players, and was also the teams recruiting coordinator. He helped the team achieve four top-six national recruiting classes in his time at Texas, including 14 McDonald’s All-Americans. Dayton head coach Tamika Williams-Jeter had this to say about Washington, “He’s been at the Power 5 level for almost 10 years at the University of Texas where talent was just flowing in and he was a big part of that puzzle piece. He would go after the most talented kids and was not afraid to play in the pool with big sharks and they turned that place around very quickly. He was a big part of that from a recruiting standpoint”.

Gillian Abshire - La Salle

Gillian Abshire was named to the La Salle coaching staff in May of 2018. The team has seen vast improvements since the hiring of Abshire. In the 2019-20 season, Anshire worked with Kate Hill, who finished fifth in the country in assist to turnover ratio(2.95). Abshire is a former player, and even spent two years playing overseas professionally in Denmark, even earning a national title.

Glenn Rigney - Lehigh

Glenn Rigney finished his 18th season in the 2021-22 season as the defensive coach for Lehigh, and the 15th season as the associate head coach. Recently, Rigney has helped the team capture their fourth Patriot league championship in 2021. Throughout his career here, Rigney has helped develop players. This includes guard Erica Prosser in 2009, who became the Patriot League Player of the Year. He has coached at Navy and American before joining the Lehigh staff. Before coaching college, Rigney worked 17 years at the high school level.

Greg Brown - UCF

Greg Brown was named associate head coach for UCF in May of 2022, but this is not Brown’s first time coaching at UCF. Brown spent 5 years with UCF in the 2010s, helping the Knights to two Conference USA Championships. Before his second stint at UCF, Brown coached at Lipscomb(his alma mater) and Texas A&M. While coaching Lipscomb, the team ranked at the top in most scoring categories. Before his first stint at UCF, Brown coached for two seasons at Tennessee as an assistant, helping the team to a 64-9 record in those two years.

Jamie Carey - UTSA

Jamie Carey joined UTSA in April of 2021 as the associate head coach. Before, she was on the coaching staff of North Texas and Texas. The Longhorns went 95-37 while Carey was there, averaging 24 wins per season. They also won 53 Big 12 conference games. Before coaching at Texas, she coached at Colorado as well as four years at USA Basketball as the assistant women's national team director. She worked with all levels of the women's team program, helping to identify coaches and athletes for participation.

Jasmine Jenkins - Davidson

Jasmine Jenkins became an assistant coach for Davidson in June of 2021. Before Davidson, she coached for Pomona-Pitzer, which included a 15 win season and a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinal appearance. She started her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Waynesburg University for one season, helping develop three all conference players. Jenkins was a standout for Vanderbilt during her playing career and has quickly become one of the top young coaches. 

Jason Glover - SDSU

Jason Glover became an assistant coach at SDSU in June of 2021. Glover has already made a difference in his first year, as SDSU won their most games since the 2012-13 season and set a school record low for turnovers per game. Glover comes to SDSU with over 30 years of coaching experience, ranging from NBA, WNBA, NBA G-League and junior college. Glover has coached many teams including a player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Associate head coach for the Tulsa Shock. Most recently, Glover was the associate head coach for USC.

Jeanine Radice - Richmond

Jeanine Radice has spent the last three years with the Richmond coaching staff. Richmond has seen win improvements when Radice has been a part of the team. Radice came to Richmond with 30 years of coaching experience, this includes seven NCAA tournament appearances. She has spent most of her career at Bucknell, where she amassed 408 wins in 21 seasons. This is around a .632 winning percentage, including four NCAA tournament appearances, and seven appearances in the WNIT.

Jessie Ivey - Toledo

Jessie Ivey completed her second season at Toledo this past year. Toledo saw huge success this year, with a 29-6 record. Ivey has specialized so far in perimeter-player development, recruiting, academic support and opponent scouting. Before Toledo, She spent two seasons as the head coach of Tiffin University, giving the Dragons their first conference tournament berth since 2012. She spent two seasons at Bowling Green before Tiffin. Ivey is described as a “proven recruiter”.

Jill M. Pizzotti - Depaul

Jill Pizzotti has spent 11 seasons with the Blue Demons and seven as their associate head coach. She is Depaul’s recruiting coordinator while also assisting with the day-to-day operations of the basketball office. While being on the coaching staff, Depaul has gathered six Big East Conference regular season titles and five tournament titles. This success continued this year as the Blue Demons won 22 games. Before Depaul, Pizzotti was the second-winningest women’s basketball coach in Saint Louis University history.

Jillian Dunston - Drexel

Jillian Dunston joined the Drexel coaching staff as an assistant in 2020, after being a graduate assistant for Florida State from 2018-2020. In her first season at Drexel, the Dragons saw their best finish in over 10 years. They became the second team in program history to receive the CAA title and a NCAA tournament. Dunston was a team captain for the University of Michigan, and was on the Big Ten All-Defensive team in 2018.

Jimmy Colloton - Navy

Jimmy Colloton has spent eight seasons with the Navy women’s basketball team, and two as the program’s associate head coach. In his first year as the associate head coach, Navy won five of their last seven games in a COVID shortened season. Colloton has been a part of some great seasons for Navy, including a 25-8 record in the 2017-18 season, placing third in conference. Before Navy, Colloton spent three seasons as a member of the Indiana coaching staff.

Kaitlyn Cresencia - Quinnipiac

Kaitlyn Cresencia finished her first season with Quinnipiac this season. Her first season here the program won 21 games. Before Quinnipiac, Cresencia was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mercer University. At Mercer, Cresencia was responsible for coaching the forwards, which included a conference Player of the Year, three All-Conference players and three All-Tournament Players. Before Mercer, she coached at Princeton, where the team earned a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Ivy Tournament.

Karlie Burris - UNLV

Karlie Burris joined the UNLV staff as an assistant coach in 2021, and brings nine years of DI assistant coaching experience to the Rebels. Since 2012, Burris has served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for three schools, and she helped recruit a Big West Player of the Year, a Lisa Leslie Award Watch List player, two Big Sky Freshmen of the Year, along with and a mid-major All-American. Prior to joining the Rebels, Burris was the lead assistant coach for Utah State, and prior to that she spent three years at Call State Fullerton, where she recruited Raina Perez, the 2019-2020 Big West Player of the year.

Katie Gruys - Southern Utah

Katie Gruys is entering her third season on staff for Southern Utah, and she was promoted to associate head coach after one season in 2020. Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, Gruys spent two seasons at Willamette University, where she helped the Bearcats to a Northwest Conference Tournament runner-up, and their first winning season since 2001. Last season she helped guide the Thunderbirds to an 18 win season and a trip to the Big Sky Tournament. Gruys played under Kelly Graves at Oregon before starting her journey as a coach. Since, she has quickly become one of the top young coaches in the country. 

Kelly Killion - UPenn

Kelly Killion is in her ninth overall year with UPenn, but her seventh straight year as an assistant for the Quakers. Killion has helped lead the Quakers to two Ivy League champion teams, including the program’s fourth title in a six-year span during the 2018-2019 season, as the Quakers had 24 overall wins and an impressive 12-2 record in league play. During the 2019-20 campaign, Killion worked with the guards helping guide Kayla Padilla to Ivy League Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy honors. Killion also helped guide UPenn to their 2016-2017 NCAA Tournament Run, where they posted a 22-8 overall record and a 13-1 mark in Ivy League play, where the Quakers won the inaugural Ivy League Tournament.

Kelly Mazzante - Bucknell

Kelly Mazzante is entering her fourth season with Bucknell, but the 2022-2023 season will mark her first season as associate head coach. Prior to joining Bucknell, Mazzante spent five seasons as an assistant at IUP. Mazzante helped guide IUP to one of its best stretches in program history during her five seasons, all of which resulted in 20+ win seasons and bids to the NCAA DII Tournament. Her time with the Crimson Hawks also resulted in back-to-back appearances in the Final Four, the first and second time in program history. She helped lead them to an impressive 130-29 record, three PSAC West regular season championships, two PSAC Tournament titles, and two Atlantic Region crowns.

Kirk Crawford - VCU

The 2022-2023 season will mark Kirk Crawford’s sixth season with VCU, but he brings 28 years of DI basketball coaching experience as well as WNBA and NBA experience. Crawford works primarily with VCU’s post players, and in 2019 he helped develop the Atlantic 10 Defensive player of the year. During his tenure, the Rams have earned four postseason berths as well as two Atlantic 10 championships, one regular season and one tournament championship as well as an NCAA Tournament appearance and three WNIT bids. Prior to joining VCU, Crawford spent the 2012-2017 seasons as an assistant for Wichita State, where he helped guide the Shockers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances as well as a WNIT appearance.

Lakevia Boykin - Rice

Lakevia Boykin is in her second year at Rice, and she spent the previous four seasons as an assistant for Davidson as an assistant and recruiting coordinator. Boykin, who primarily works with guards, coached four Atlantic 10 all-conference players, and she helped guide the ‘Cats to their second straight winning season with a winning record during the 2019-2020 season.

Lashonda Cousin - Jackson State

Lashonda Cousin is entering her fifth year on staff at Jackson State, and her third as a full time assistant. Cousin has been an integral part in the success of the program, and has helped guide JSU to three consecutive SWAC regular season titles, two SWAC Tournament championships, and back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. With her guidance, the program has also had six players earn First Team All-SWAC honors, and the program produced both a WNBA Draft pick and a U.S. Olympian. 

Leonard Bishop - SFA

Leonard Bishop enters his eighth season as an assistant at SFA, and was named associate head coach last season. During the 2020-2021 season, the Ladyjacks led all of NCAA DI in total steals and turnovers forced, and were a top 5 team in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. Bishop has helped lead SFA to an impressive 140-43 record in six seasons, including five consecutive 23+ win seasons and three postseason bids, highlighted by an NCAA Tournament appearance. Prior to joining the Ladyjacks, Bishop was an assistant coach at Texas A&M Commerce.

Linda Sayavongchanh - Creighton

Sayavongchanh, a 14-year coaching veteran, joined the Bluejays ahead to the 2015-16 season. Sayavongchanh was the embodiment of adaptability, working with guards and combo players throughout her first four seasons before focusing on hybrids (posts) for the past two. Creighton's recruiting coordinator has helped the Bluejays reach a 104-78 record, including two participation in the NCAA Tournament. In 2017 and 2018, Sayavongchanh aided Creighton to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, getting to the Second Round of the Dance in both years. In addition, Sayavongchanh was a key player in Creighton's BIG EAST championship win in 2017 with a 16-2 conference record. Sayavongchanh spent two years on the bench for Saint Louis (2013-15) before arriving at Creighton. He also spent time on the bench for North Dakota (2012-13) and Drake (2009-12). She started her work as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (2007-09).

Lindsay Bowen - Campbell

Lindsay Bowen recently completed her fourth year as a Campbell assistant coach under head coach Ronny Fisher. Bowen is involved in all facets of the program, with a focus on the perimeter players. Bowen made an instant impact in her first season at Campbell in 2016-17, leading the Camels to their eighth and first 20-win season in program history. Campbell earned a berth in the Big South Tournament and the opportunity to host a first-round game in the Women's Basketball Invitational thanks to an eight-win improvement from the previous season. Bowen most recently helped the Camels to their first and second postseason victory, as part of a program-best 23-win season. Campbell's participation in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) marks the Camels' second visit in three years under the direction of the staff.

Mandi Carver - Fresno State

Mandi Carver joins the Bulldogs for her eighth season. She was elevated to associate head coach in July 2016 after three seasons as an assistant coach at Fresno State. Carver focuses his teaching efforts on the Bulldogs' post guys. Beginning with Alex Sheedy, who was named Mountain West Co-Player of the Year in her debut season, three of Carver's athletes have won "of the Year" titles in the conference. Bego Faz Davalos received Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016 and 2017. She led the nation in blocked shots (4.0 bpg) as a sophomore, and she finished the year in the top ten in seven categories. Carver most recently served as an assistant coach at San Jose State from 2011 to 2013, and prior to that, he worked as an assistant at Bakersfield for one season. She was the recruitment coordinator at both schools in addition to her coaching duties.


Mariyah Brawner-Henley joined the women's basketball staff as an assistant coach on May 17, 2018, following a one-year tenure as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois University. For the 2022-23 season, she will be in her sixth season with the women's basketball team. Brawner-Henley, a WBCA 30 Under 30 award recipient in 2022, played her senior season at Lewis University under the leadership of Coach Gillespie, earning Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and All-American accolades. She was a key part of the Flyers' four-year run to the NCAA Division II Tournament and one GLVC title. Brawner-Henley concluded her career as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in Lewis women's basketball history, with 1,981 points and 1,282 rebounds. She concluded her undergraduate career with a 106-12 record and 72 career double-doubles, which ranks second in NCAA history. She was a two-time GLVC Player of the Year and was named All-America in each of her last three seasons.

Mary Ann Falcosky - San Diego

Mary Ann Falcosky will be in her 16th year as an assistant coach at USD, and her 21st under Coach Fisher. Falcosky has over 20 years of recruiting expertise and has coached at both the Division I and junior college levels. As a result of her background, one of her key roles is to coordinate the Toreros' recruitment campaign, which involves both national and international recruiting. Falcosky also supports the strength and conditioning team in ensuring the Toreros' physical health is at a championship level, and works with the USD marketing department to promote the women's basketball program. Falcosky's other responsibilities at USD include scouting opponents to help Coach Fisher with game planning. She tracks the Toreros' defensive systems during the game and gives Fisher defensive and offensive advice. She's also in charge of the post players' development. In five of the last eight seasons, Falcosky has played a vital role in USD winning at least 20 games. The Toreros finished second in the WCC with a 14-4 conference record in 2016, going 25-7.

Matt Klemin - UC Davis

In 2020-21, Assistant Coach Matt Klemin, a sideline veteran with coaching experience at nearly every level, will enter his 10th season as a member of the UC Davis women's basketball coaching staff, focusing on skill development, working with the Aggies' guards, opponent scouts, and helping coordinate the program's recruiting efforts. Klemin joined the UC Davis coaching staff prior to the 2011-12 season, and has helped the Aggies to consistent postseason success, with NCAA Tournament (2011 and 2019) or Women's National Invitation Tournament (2008, 2010, 2012, 2017, and 2018) berths in seven of the school's 13 Division I seasons, as well as regular season and tournament titles in each of the last four Big West Conference seasons. UC Davis has won 114 games in the last five years, including three straight seasons of 20 or more wins, 25 triumphs, and the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2019, when they face second-seeded Stanford in the first round.

Mike Merril - Wofford

Mike Merrill is now in his seventh season on the show. Merrill was elevated to associate head coach on October 17, 2018, after two years as an assistant coach with the Terriers. Coach Garrity has previously worked with him at Anderson University and UNC Wilmington. Merrill was instrumental in leading Wofford to new heights in the 2021-22 season, when the Terriers finished 17-14 overall and 11-3 in the Southern Conference. The 17 victories are the fourth most in school history and the most in Division I, while the 11 league victories are also a program high. Jackie Carman (First Team) and Lilly Hatton (Second Team) were among the five starters to win All-Southern Conference honors at the end of the regular season (Second Team). Reagan Rapert was named to the All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams, and Niyah Lutz and Alexis Tomlin were named to the Third Team. The Terriers finished the season with a No. 2 seed in the SoCon Tournament, their highest ever, and their first-ever WNIT entry.

Minyon Moore - Sacramento State

Minyon Moore joined the Sacramento State women's basketball program as the team's Assistant Coach in April of 2021. Moore, a Sacramento native, graduated from USC in three years in 2019 and spent her final year of eligibility at Oregon for the 2019-20 season. While in Eugene, Moore helped lead the Ducks to a sweep of the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles. Moore has a very bright future in Womens basketball. 

Myia Johnson - Cincinnati

Myia Johnson will join the University of Cincinnati women's basketball program as an assistant coach in April 2022, according to head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. Johnson, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, joins the Bearcats following three seasons as an assistant coach, assistant recruiting coordinator, and assistant defensive coordinator at Penn State. Johnson assisted in coaching Siyeh Frazier to 70 steals in her debut season with the Lady Lions, a personal best, third-most in the conference, and a top-50 mark in the country (43). Johnson worked as an assistant coach at Wisconsin for three seasons (2016-19), primarily with the wing players. Cayla McMorris earned two honorable mention All-Big Ten awards under her tutelage.

Nia Jackson - Grand Canyon

For the 2021-22 season, Nia Jackson completed her first season as an assistant coach with the Grand Canyon women's basketball team. Since 2014, Jackson has worked as an assistant coach, director of creative, and director of basketball operations for successful basketball programs at Loyola Marymount, Oregon, and Boise State. After two years at Oregon, where she was a part of two Pac-12 titles and the Ducks' first Final Four appearance with 2020 WNBA Draft top two picks Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally, and No. 8 pick Ruthy Hebard, she worked as an assistant coach for Boise State's 14-9 squad last season.

Nicci Hays Fort - Drake

In July of 2016, Nicci Hays Fort was appointed as an assistant coach for the Drake University women's basketball team. Hays Fort came to the Bulldogs with an outstanding coaching resume, having previously served as the head coach of three different institutions, including five seasons as the head coach of the Colgate University women's basketball team. She also served as the head coach of Division II Barry University and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where she was instrumental in the establishment of the service academy's program. Hays Fort was also an assistant coach at DePaul University, where the Blue Demons had five NCAA Tournament berths, including a run to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. She also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Nicholls State University.

Nick Grant - Rice

Grant is in his first season at Rice after spending the previous seven years (2014-21) as an assistant coach at San Diego State under Stacie Terry-Hutson, the head women's basketball coach. Grant was also SDSU's recruiting coordinator from 2016 to 21, focusing on the Aztec guards and coaching the defensive side of the ball. Grant assisted in the development of ten Mountain West All-Conference picks and the signing of four nationally ranked classes while with the Aztecs. In 2019-20, he was a key part of an Aztec defense that led the nation in defensive field goal % and was second in defensive rebounds per game.

Nicole Woods - Charlotte

In 2021-22, assistant coach Nicole Woods completed her eighth season with the Charlotte women's basketball team, and her fifth as the recruiting coordinator for the 49ers. She primarily works with backcourt players, assisting with the development of a high-octane attack and effective defense. Several players, notably 2020 graduate Jade Phillips, have had their careers thrive under Woods' tutelage. After transferring from Syracuse, Phillips was a two-year standout for the program, averaging 14.7 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game in her senior season, garnering All-Conference USA First Team honors. She was the go-to player in the high-octane offensive playbook all year, frequently ranking among the league leaders in both categories.

Nina Davis - Middle Tennessee

Following a storied career at Baylor University, Nina Davis begins her third season as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee. Davis, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, adds a plethora of expertise to the Lady Raider bench, having coached, played, and broadcasted basketball for more than 20 years. Davis oversees all aspects of the program, including on-court coaching, player development, and recruiting. Her tremendous leadership qualities and game knowledge, as well as having learnt the game from Hall of Fame coaches, are valuable assets.

Nitra Perry - Louisiana Tech

Nitra Perry will join the Louisiana Tech Women's Basketball staff as an associate head coach on June 2, 2022, according to head coach Brooke Stoehr. Perry comes to Ruston with 17 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach at West Virginia for the last two seasons (2020-2022). Following Mike Carey's retirement after 21 seasons as head coach of the Mountaineers in 2022, Perry was named interim head coach. Perry made an instant effect at West Virginia, propelling the Mountaineers to a 22-7 record in her first season, which included a trip to the Big XII Tournament title game and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. Perry collaborated with a number of Big XII recipients, including Kysre Gondrezick, the WNBA's fourth overall pick and All-American.

Pierre Curtis - Furman

Pierre Curtis is in his ninth season as the associate head coach for the Paladin women's basketball team. He's also the recruiting coordinator for the program. Curtis, a 2010 alumnus of James Madison University, where he was a standout player, coached women's basketball at Harrisonburg (Va.) High School for two seasons before coming to Furman, guiding his team to two area playoff berths.

Roman Owen - UNLV

Roman Owen has worked his way up from an NAIA men's basketball assistant coach at Oklahoma City University to an assistant coach at UNLV during the last 14 years. Throughout his career, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native has worked with some of the best women's basketball coaches in the country, including Lindy La Rocque, the current UNLV head coach, Allison Guth, the head coach at Loyola Chicago, and Sherri Coale, the women's basketball Hall of Famer and former head coach at Oklahoma.

Sam Pierce Jr. - Delaware

After five seasons as the associate head coach at Appalachian State, Sam Pierce Jr. has joined the Blue Hens as an assistant coach. He worked alongside head coach Angel Elderkin, assisting him in leading the 2018-19 team to the WBI title. The Mountaineers concluded the season with 22 victories, their most since the 2011-12 season, and the fifth-largest turnaround in school history. During his time in Boone, N.C., Pierce Jr. was responsible for skill development, practice planning, game planning, and recruiting, as well as assisting in the coaching of six All-Sun Belt Conference choices. Pierce Jr. spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Akron (2014-17) before coming to Appalachian State. Pierce Jr. was in charge of the program's defensive and player development, practice planning, game planning, and JUCO recruitment during his time there.

Sarah Bronk - Green Bay

In 2022-23, Sarah Bronk will begin her 16th season as an assistant coach with the Phoenix, where she will be in charge of recruiting and the development of the team's post players. Bronk has been a part of the Phoenix's 11-consecutive Horizon League regular-season titles, six conference tournament titles, nine NCAA Tournament trips, and two WNIT Tournament appearances since arriving in Green Bay during the 2007-08 season. She was also on the coaching staff that guided the team to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2010-11. She also had a vital role in the recruitment of two Blue Star Basketball national top 50 classes (2009, 2014).

Shammond Williams - Old Dominion

In the summer of 2021, Shammond Williams, a standout performer at North Carolina with nearly a decade of professional playing experience, became an assistant coach for DeLisha Milton-Jones. Williams has worked as an assistant coach for the men's basketball teams at Furman, Tulane, and Western Kentucky in the past. Williams was a four-year letterwinner at North Carolina, where he was coached by legends Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge. Williams played in three Final Fours at Chapel Hill, in 1995, 1997, and 1998. During the 2016-17 season, Williams was a member of Rick Stansbury's staff at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers won 15 games and ended 9-9 in Conference USA that season.

Skyler Young - Portland

In August of 2018, Skyler Young, a 19-year veteran, was hired as an assistant coach at The Bluff. Young worked as an assistant coach at Weber State for the past three seasons. Young joined the Weber State coaching staff in July 2016, and the Wildcats led the Big Sky in scoring offense and ranked in the top 100 in seven offensive categories under his watch. Larryn Brooks earned All-Big Sky accolades under his supervision, and he also helped guide the Wildcats to the WBI playoffs. Young spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Bradley before coming to Ogden. In 2012-13, the Braves were the top scoring team in the Missouri Valley Conference, averaging 71.3 points per game, which was good for 21st in the country. Young previously worked as an assistant with Ohio from 2009 through 2012, especially with the Bobcats' perimeter players. After leading Ohio in scoring and rebounds in 2011-12, Young helped Tenishia Benson earn First-Team All-MAC accolades.

Stacy Weiss- Drexel

Stacy Weiss is back on the women's basketball coaching staff for her 14th season with the Dragons and ninth as a coach. Head Coach Amy Mallon promoted Weiss to Associate Head Coach on April 10, 2020. Drexel went 28-6 in her second season as Associate Head Coach, tying for the most victories in program history and setting a new record for the fewest defeats. During the season, Drexel went on a 14-game winning streak and had three players chosen to All-Conference teams. The Dragons won the CAA regular season title and progressed to the WNIT Sweet 16 with a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback against Bucknell in the Second Round.

Sunny Smallwood - Montana State

On June 29, 2018, Sunny Smallwood was named Montana State's Associate Head Coach. Smallwood, regarded as one of the top assistant coaches in NCAA Division I basketball, spent the previous two seasons as associate head coach at the University of Arizona. Additionally, the 30-year veteran has held assistant head coaching positions at Nebraska, California, and Boise State. Smallwood also worked as an assistant at the University of Washington and Washington State University. According to, Smallwood helped the Wildcats land the nation's fourth best recruiting class and the top haul in the Pac 12 in her second season at Arizona. It was Arizona's highest-ranked class in history, highlighted by McDonald's All-American Cate Reese, who is regarded as one of the top five incoming post players in the country.

Tenille Adams - UCF

Tenille Adams will enter her first season as associate head coach for UCF during the 2022-2023 season. Adams joins the Knights staff after a season as the associate beach coach at Memphis, where during the 2021-2022 season the Tigers quadrupled their win total from the previous season and recorded their best start through seven games in program history. Before she joined staff at Memphis, Adams was associate head coach at Wright State for three seasons, where she helped the Raiders reach two NCAA Tournament trips and two Horizon League championships in three seasons. Adams also spent three seasons as an assistant at Ball State, where she helped guide the program to three-straight WNIT appearances.

Ty Margenthaler - South Dakota

The 2022-2023 season will mark Ty Margenthaler’s first year on staff as an assistant for South Dakota. He brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to South Dakota, including four seasons as a head coach. Margenthaler spent the past six seasons at Saint Louis University, and four as associate head coach. He helped guide the Billikens to three WNIT appearances, including an Elite Eight run in 2021. He also spent five seasons on staff at Wisconsin, where he helped the Badgers to a 2007 WNIT runner-up, a program record of 23 wins, and a 2010 NCAA Tournament appearance.

Tyler Cordell - Columbia

Tyler Cordell is in her sixth season as an assistant coach for Columbia, and also serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator, Before she joined the staff at Columbia, Cordell spent four seasons as Princeton’s Director of Basketball Operations, where she helped guide the Tigers to a 97-23 overall record, and an impressive 50-6 conference mark. While on staff, the Tigers also earned a pair of Ivy League Titles and four-straight postseason appearances. Cordell also spent a season as a graduate assistant for Ithaca College, where the Bombers went on to win the most games in program history with 24 wins, and advance to the second round of the NCAA DIII Tournament. 

Wyketha Harrell - New Orleans

Wyketha Harrell is entering her seventh season on staff at New Orleans as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. DUring the 2019-2020 season, Harrell helped guide the Privateers to the Southland Conference Tournament for the fourth straight season, and the squad recorded the most wins since 1993. She also helped bring in the 2020 recruiting class for New Orleans, which was the highest rated groups in program history. Harrell joined staff at New Orleans after three seasons as an assistant at Kent State, where she also oversaw the teams academic success. She helped the team reach its highest GPA in each of her four seasons along with a perfect graduation rate in 2015. She was also an assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she helped guide the Kangaroos to their only two postseason appearances in school history.

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