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“9 for 90” Success Strategies for New Head Coaches: Patrick Elliott, PhD

By Patrick Elliott, PhD You're sitting alone in YOUR new empty office. Finally... a moment to clear your head. The press conference is over. Your family and friends have left and you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Significance of Staff for Success: Missy Tiber

After 12 seasons as a Head Coach at the Division I and II levels, Missy Tiber used this experience in 2013 to embark on the challenge of leading the University of North Alabama's [...]

Cultivating Culture Never Goes Away: Kim Rosamond

Kim Rosamond was extremely happy as an Assistant Coach, but after spending 19 seasons in the SEC as a player and coach, she was ready to take over a Division I program of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Head Coach Hiring Trends in Division I Women’s Basketball

By Brian D. Stanchak, The BDS Agency Since 2014, there have been 186 Division I Head Women’s Basketball Coach openings. We dive deep into the levels of experience, gender, and race of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Successful Transition from DII to DI Head Coach: Lisa Carlsen

In 2015, Lisa Carlsen's success as a Head Coach at the Division II level rewarded her with an opportunity to lead her own Division I program at Northern Illinois University. Tasked with rebuilding [...]

Head Coach Hiring Trends in Division I Women’s Basketball

By Brian D. Stanchak, The BDS Agency Since 2014, there have been 142 Division I Head Women's Basketball Coach openings. We dive deep into the levels of experience, gender, and race of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lessons Learned Two Years In: Caroline McCombs

Caroline McCombs has built the Stony Brook women’s basketball program into a consistent winner during her first two years leading the Seawolves’ program. Since arriving in Long Island after serving as an Assistant [...]