ATLANTA, Ga. – University of Scranton assistant women's basketball coach Taylor Coleman was honored on Thursday as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced the WBCA Thirty Under 30 honorees presented by Marriott Rewards® for the 2017-18 season today.
The WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards® program was created to recognize 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each honoree has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship, professional manner, and professional association involvement.
In her first season as a member of Scranton's coaching staff, Coleman helped lead the Lady Royals to 28-2 overall record this past season which included a Landmark Conference championship and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Coleman was a member of a coaching staff that earned Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year honors after Scranton went 24-1 during the regular season and earned the top seed in the conference tournament with a 13-1 record in Landmark games.
Coleman came to Scranton after serving as an assistant at a pair of other NCAA Division III schools. She was an assistant for two seasons at DeSales where the team posted a 40-15 record over that span and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 after posting a 20-8 overall mark. In 2015-16, the Bulldogs went 20-7 and were the MAC Freedom regular season champions.
Before her time at DeSales, Coleman served as an assistant at Susquehanna from 2013 through 2015. She was a part of a River Hawks' staff that won the Landmark Conference's Coaching Staff of the Year award after the 2014-15 campaign, as the River Hawks posted a 17-9 overall record. In two seasons, Susquehanna won 29 games, as Coleman assisted in all aspects of the program, while also handling game management duties in the spring.
Coleman joined the coaching ranks in 2013 after a successful playing career at DeSales, where she was a part of two Bulldog teams that won MAC Freedom Conference titles (2010 and 2011), and served as team captain in her senior campaign of 2012-13.
Coleman earned a bachelors degree in sports management from and holds a master's degree in Instruction Technology of Education, K-12, both from DeSales.
"The WBCA is pleased to recognize up and coming talent in our coaching family. The 30 coaches who have been named to receive the Thirty Under 30 Award are deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for distinguishing themselves early in their careers," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "These coaches have demonstrated eagerness, effectiveness, loyalty, love of the game, and a commitment to the student-athlete. We celebrate their effort on the basketball court as teachers and equally applaud the extensive role they play in impacting the lives of their student-athletes."
"2018 has become known as the 'year of the woman' and Marriott is thrilled to recognize 30 highly talented coaches who have also been outstanding members of their communities," said Kieran Donahue, vice president, brand, marketing and digital, Marriott International, Americas. "As we continue the second year as the Official Hotel Partner of NCAA, we are incredibly proud of the accomplishments and bright futures of these exceptional female coaches."
Here are the 2017 WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards® honorees:
Samantha Allen, head coach, University of Southern Maine
Katie Baker, assistant coach, Oregon State University
Katie Bourk, assistant coach, Augustana University
Janet Butler, assistant coach, Monmouth University
Christal Caldwell, assistant coach, West Virginia University
Joy Cheek, assistant coach, Vanderbilt University
Taylor Coleman, assistant coach, University of Scranton
Camille Collier, assistant coach, Radford University
Adria Crawford, assistant coach, College of Charleston
Alysha Devine, assistant coach, University of Alaska-Anchorage
Kelly Frings, assistant coach, Drury University
Stephanie Gehlhausen, assistant coach, Western State Colorado University
Marcilina Grayer, assistant coach, Salt Lake Community College
Lauren Hayden, assistant coach, Lynchburg College
Special Jennings, assistant coach, Flagler College
Abby Jump, assistant coach, Morehead State University
Tianni Kelly, assistant coach, Florida Southern College
Courtney Kust, assistant coach, Hope College
Natalie Marlowe, assistant coach, University of Texas-Dallas
Chandler McCabe, assistant coach, Bethune-Cookman University
Amber Moore, assistant coach, Saint Leo University
Drew Muscatell, assistant coach, University of Portland
Katelin Oney, assistant coach, University of North Dakota
April Phillips, assistant coach, Loyola Marymount University
Tobias Pinson, assistant coach, Winthrop University
Travis Ponton, assistant coach, Loyola University
Sierra Simpson, assistant coach, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Kayla Tetschlag, assistant coach, University of South Dakota
Carly Thibault, assistant coach, Mississippi State University
Jeanne-Marie Wilson, assistant coach, Northwest Kansas Technical College
This is the third year of the WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards® program. Please visit www.wbca.org/recognize/ to see a list of honorees.
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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 the 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 www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.