WBCA and Wilson Announce Recipients of WBCA/Wilson Opportunity Scholarship

ATLANTA (March 02, 2021) — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today the recipients of the WBCA/Wilson Opportunity Scholarship. A total of 54 scholarships were awarded to high school and college members. The scholarship was created to financially assist members identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) with registration fees to attend WBCA ASPIRE — this year’s virtual learning experience that replaces the traditional in-person WBCA Convention.

Recipients for the first WBCA/Wilson Opportunity Scholarship are:

Name School Title
Nicole Ambrose University of South Carolina Upstate Assistant Coach
Michaela Barnes John Carroll University Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Gregory Bauldrick Westwood High School Head Coach
Andre Bolton Georgetown University  Assistant Coach 
Taylor Britt The Weber School Assistant Coach 
RaShawn Calvert Maricopa High School Head Coach 
Zenise Chambers Randolph College  Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Kenia Cole Hampton University Assistant Coach
Crystal Coleman Timmonsville High School Girls’ Basketball Coach
Tyler Cordell Columbia University Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 
Nehemiah Crowder Frankel Jewish Academy  Head Coach 
Kahlil Daley Chamberlain High School Head Girls’ Basketball Coach
Tania Davis Clemson University  Graduate Assistant
Aby Diop Averett University Head Coach
Kendra Eaton University of North Carolina at Pembroke Associate Head Women's Basketball Coach
Sadie Edwards Indiana Women's Basketball Graduate Assistant
Nesta Felix NewFlex Hoops Executive Director/Head Coach
Shannon Gholar University of California, Berkeley  Director of Basketball Operations 
Kiambra Griffin Manhattan College Director of Basketball Operations
Deserea Howard Alton High School Head Varsity Basketball Coach
Darnell Jerome SeaCoast Christian Head Girls Varsity Coach
Justin Johnson Hartsville High School Teacher/Coach
Shawn Jones Yuma High School Criminals Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach/9th Grade English Teacher
Christy Jordan Longwood University Director of Basketball Operations 
Mercedes Jorge University of South Florida  Coordinator of Basketball Operations 
Richard Jowers Stillman College  Coach and Teacher 
Veronda Kendall San Marcos High School Head Coach
Leti Lerma Bradley University  Video Coordinator/Assistant Director of Basketball Operations
Monique Liddell Maret School Head Girls Basketball Coach
Shannan Lum University of California, Berkeley Director of Video
Olivia Luu Gonzaga University  Graduate Manager
Stephanie Martinez Alameda International High School  Assistant basketball Coach
Jordan McCann Iona College Assistant Coach
Camille McPherson Allegheny College  Assistant Women's Basketball Coach 
Joseph Mease Baboquivari High School Teacher/Coach
Erica Morrow Syracuse University Assistant Coach
Kaserra Owens University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Head Women's Basketball Coach
ShaNekia Peebles Hayfield Secondary School Head JV Coach/Varsity Assistant Coach
Stephanie Perez Seattle University  Graduate Assistant
April Phillips University of California, Berkeley Assistant Coach - Recruiting Coordinator 
Omowumi Rafiu University of Delaware Asst. Director of Operations
Yulonda Randolph Wallace Community College Selma  Assistant Basketball Coach/Assistant AD
Monae Riley College of Southern Nevada Assistant Coach
Lucia Robinson-Griggs Vassar College Head Women's Basketball Coach, Assistant Program Coordinator - RISE 
Charmin Smith University of California, Berkeley Head Coach
Dan Taylor King’s High School Head Coach
Tamala Vaughn Deerfield Beach High School Head Coach
Shakkia Walker Clover High School System Support Technician and High School Girls Assistant Basketball Coach
Teresa Waters River Hill High School Head Coach
Christina “Jazz” Weaver Canisius College Assistant Coach/RC
Julia Wells Drury University Graduate Assistant 
Michael Williams Saint Peter's University  Director of Player Development (Volunteer) 
Steve Yang Georgetown University Director of Basketball Operations
Alexandria Young Gonzaga University Director of Basketball Operations


“The WBCA is proud to partner with Wilson Sporting Goods, which shares our desire to help members who identify as Black, indigenous and people of color succeed as coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Wilson Sporting Goods’ contribution has afforded 54 members the opportunity to attend ASPIRE. We thank Wilson Sporting Goods for its generosity.”

“We are proud to work with the WBCA to fund this scholarship for BIPOC Women’s basketball coaches,” said Kevin Murphy, General Manager, Wilson Team Sports. “We are committed to supporting all coaches as they continue to strive for greatness and become role models for athletes.”

About Wilson Sporting Goods
Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment, apparel, bags, and accessories. The Company invents, designs and partners to create consumer-driven, best-in-class products that push sports equipment into new territories. In Basketball, the Company is the official supplier of game basketballs for the National Collegiate Athletic Association® (NCAA), FIBA 3x3 globally, Basketball Champions League (BCL) and more than 34 High School State Associations around the United States.


About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit WBCA.org for more details about the Association.


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Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021