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Three Things I Learned in Year One: Carla Berube

After 17 seasons as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Tufts University, which included a 384-96 (.800) record and four Division III Final Four appearances, Carla Berube took on the new challenge of leading the [...]

Three Things I Learned In Year One: Lauren Sumski

At 27, Lauren Sumski became the youngest Division I Head Coach in the country when she was named Lipscomb University's Head Women's Basketball Coach in April of 2019. She arrived in Nashville after two seasons as [...]

Three Things I Learned In Year One: Heather Oesterle

Following nine seasons as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Central Michigan, Heather Oesterle slid over one chair once Head Coach Sue Guevara announced her retirement in July of 2019. In her first season, [...]

Three Things I Learned In Year One: Carley Kuhns

Following three successful seasons as the Head Coach at Valdosta State University, Carley Kuhns took over the Samford University program in April of 2019 and her impact was felt immediately. After finishing the season in [...]

Make the Big Time Where You Are: Kristen Dowling

In July of 2019, Kristen Dowling returned to Malibu for her third stint with the Pepperdine University program, this time as the Head Women's Basketball Coach. The former Waves' Graduate Assistant and Assistant Coach had [...]

All of Your Experiences Matter: Keila Whittington

With more than 25 years of Division I coaching experience, Keila Whittington brought a tremendous amount of experience to Saint Francis University, being named the program's new Head Women's Basketball Coach in April of 2019. [...]

Learning Through Experience: Kyle Tolin

In 2014, Kyle Tolin left the familiarity of Oklahoma Baptist University, after a combined 14 years as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and a student-athlete, to take over the University of Arkansas at Monticello program. [...]

Lift Where You Currently Stand: Dan Nielson

After four seasons as an Assistant Coach at Utah Valley University, Dan Nielson left the program for an assistant coaching position at BYU in 2013, but he always kept an eye on the Wolverine program. [...]

Everyone’s Timeline is Different: Morgan Valley

After more than 14 years of experience as an Assistant Coach at the Division I level, Morgan Valley retuned to the state where she won three National Championships as a player at UConn when she [...]

You Never Know Who is Watching: Tarrell Robinson

In 2012, Tarrell Robinson was approached with an opportunity to lead his alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University. While both playing and serving as an Assistant Coach there, he made a positive impression on [...]

The Power of Positivity: Melissa Jackson

After 10 years as the Associate Head Coach and Assistant Coach at the University of Akron, Melissa Jackson was named Acting Head Coach for the program. In what she viewed as a two and a [...]

Facts Tell but Stories Sell: Brian Stanchak

A story is a fact Wrapped in an emotion That compels us to take action That transforms us in some way -Richard Maxwell and executive coach Robert Dickman When you tell a story, whether when recruiting, [...]

Taking a Blue Collar Approach: Jenny Huth

A Colorado native, Jenny Huth returned to her home state in 2018 when she was named the new Head Coach at the University of Northern Colorado. Huth arrived in Greeley after spending the previous seven [...]

If It’s Not Broke, Why Fix It: Brooke Atkinson

From 2003 to 2011, Brooke Atkinson served as an Assistant Coach at New Mexico State University. Little did she know six years after leaving Las Cruces, she would return as Head Coach. Atkinson was named [...]

All In and Ready to Go to Work: Vicki Hall

On March 21, 2018, Indianapolis native Vicki Hall was named the new Head Women's Basketball Coach, returning to the state where she was voted 1988 "Miss Basketball". Hall had spent the previous six seasons as [...]

Dreams Lead to Delaware State: David Caputo

Earlier this morning, David Caputo was officially named the new Head Women's Basketball Coach at Delaware State University. In a special feature, David shared with HCTC fresh information and insight from the search process and [...]

Seizing The Opportunity: Amy Vachon

On January 6, 2017, Amy Vachon was named the University of Maine's Interim Head Coach following Head Coach Richard Barron stepping aside for medical reasons. She continued in this role through the 2017-18 season where [...]

A Unique Perspective: Brian D. Stanchak

Brian D. Stanchak started The BDS Agency in 2013, which has quickly grown into a national leader in advising, marketing, and representing collegiate women's basketball coaches. Brian's 15 years of combined experience as a collegiate [...]

From Coach to Administrator: Tiffany Tucker

As the Deputy AD for Internal Operations/SWA at South Carolina State University, Tiffany Tucker is responsible for, among many things, oversight of women's basketball. Her familiarity with the sport extends well beyond her current role though, [...]

Believe in Yourself: Yolett McPhee-McCuin

When Yolett McPhee-McCuin arrived at Jacksonville University in 2013, she inherited a program that was coming off of three straight losing seasons. She immediately implemented a vision that she believed in and a "No Ceilings" [...]

Making Communication a Priority: Katrina Merriweather

After six seasons as an Assistant Coach at Wright State University, Katrina Merriweather was offered the chance to move over one chair and become the program's Head Coach in 2016. She quickly took full advantage [...]

The Difference is in the Details: Jeff Harada

Can you take us through the process up until you were officially named the new Head Coach at Cal State Fullerton? I had just wrapped up my third season as Head Coach at Central Washington University. [...]

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail: Margaret Richards

In 2016, Margaret Richards achieved a career goal when she was named the new Head Coach of Alabama A&M University. Tasked with rebuilding Division I program that had not won more than six games during [...]

The Best Leaders Share Their Journey: Courtney Banghart

In 2015, Forbes named Princeton Head Coach Courtney Banghart as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. This well-deserved honor was a result of building the Princeton program into a consistent winner on a national level, [...]

Building a Winning Culture: Bethann Ord

Bethann Ord was hired as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Weber State University in 2011, tasked with rebuilding a program that had not won more than 10 games during each the three seasons prior [...]

Sliding Over Just One Chair: Kacie Cryer

On April 8, 2016, Kacie Cryer's life changed when the Louisiana native and seven-year Assistant Coach at McNeese State University was promoted to the program's Head Coach. At the time of her hiring, she was [...]

Your Preparation Begins Now: Kia Damon

On May 31, 2017, Kia Damon was formally introduced as the new Head Women's Basketball Coach at Lafayette College. Her return to Pennsylvania was a homecoming of sorts, as Damon had graduated from Millersville University [...]

Like Father, Like Daughter: Maureen Magarity

Maureen Magarity grew up in a “basketball family” and around a father who was a successful Division I Head Men’s Basketball Coach, but that has not stopped her from creating her own legacy as both [...]

2017 National Champion: Robyn Fralick

In 2017, Robyn Fralick accomplished what most coaches dream by leading Ashland University to the Division II National Championship. Since taking over the program in 2015, Fralick’s impact though has been felt and recognized well-beyond [...]

Forging His Own Legacy: Tony Kemper

As Marshall’s Associate Head Coach from 2012 to 2017, Tony Kemper was instrumental in assisting the program to two of only three post-season berths in the program’s history, but on March 17, 2017 he began [...]

The Program Builder: Aaron Roussell

Since Aaron Roussell stepped on Bucknell’s campus in April of 2012, he was tasked with rebuilding a program that had only won five games the season prior to his arrival. All the two-time Patriot League [...]

Well-Prepared as a Leader: Megan Duffy

There are several moments during a coaches’ career that they will remember forever. For Megan Duffy, one of those moments took place on April 3rd, 2017 when she was named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach [...]

Creating History: Vanessa Blair-Lewis

Vanessa Blair-Lewis arrived in Daytona Beach in 2008 with 120 wins and a .591 conference winning percentage as a Division I Head Coach. She was tasked with rebuilding a Bethune-Cookman program that had not had [...]

Wealth of Experience: Robyne Bostick

In late September, Robyne Bostick was named the Interim Head Coach of the Northern Arizona University women’s basketball program. She was very familiar with the program, having served the previous four seasons as an Assistant [...]

Rebuilding Rider with HEART: Lynn Milligan

When Lynn Milligan took over the Rider University women’s basketball program in 2008, the program had on five total wins during the two season prior to her arrival. She has worked hard to rebuild the [...]

Finding Solutions for Challenges: Steve Lanpher

On December 30th, NJIT Head Coach Steve Lanpher won his 200th career game as a Head Coach. His path to NJIT has taken him from Head Coach positions at the NAIA, Junior College, and Division [...]

Success at Multiple Levels: JD Gravina

When JD Gravina took over the Western Illinois program in 2011, the Leathernecks did not have a winning season during the five seasons prior to his arrival. Since then, Gravina has rebuilt a program that [...]

An International Perspective: Donna Finnie

As the Head Coach of the Scottish national team, Donna Finnie became the first Head Coach at any level to win two consecutive FIBA Tournaments (2005 and 2006), while also leading the team into three [...]

Building a “Family” First: Kyle Rechlicz

When Kyle Rechlicz was named the Head Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012, she inherited a program that was coming off of four straight losing seasons. Rather than look for a quick fix, [...]

Conference Familiarity: Bernard Scott

When Bernard Scott was named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Detroit Mercy in May of 2015, he was already very familiar with program and the entire Horizon League after spending the [...]

Always Expecting to Win: Camryn Whitaker

Camryn Whitaker is Kentucky born and raised, but her coaching career has taken her to Tennessee, Missouri, and Ohio. As an Assistant Coach at the University of Dayton, Whitaker helped lead the Flyers to two [...]

Make Yourself and Today a Priority: Jim Jabir

Jim Jabir built Dayton women’s basketball into a program that transcended the mid-major level to achieve national success on a consistent basis. The all-time winningest coach in program history with a with a 251-154 (.619) [