First-year Head Coach Yolett McCuin announces her first hires
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville women’s basketball Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin announced her first staff hires on Friday (May 3) welcoming Tomekia Reed and Camille Collier to the First Coast.
Reed will assume the role of Associate Head Coach for the Dolphins after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Miss. While on staff at the Conference USA institution, the Jackson, Miss. product was responsible for all aspects of the Lady Eagles recruiting, while working primarily with the post players in skill development, scouting opponents and film breakdown, as well as community relations and service and assisting in the mentoring program.
“Tomekia is a great person and a professional,” McCuin said. “She has NCAA Tournament experience and will be a huge asset to this program and community. She will be a great mentor and role model for our players and I look forward to embarking on this new journey with her together at JU.”
Prior to UL, Reed spent three seasons at Jackson State where she helped guide the Tigers the SWAC regular season championship and a WNIT appearance in 2006-07. One year later the 2007-08 JSU squad captured the SWAC Tournament championship and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
She began her coaching career at South Georgia Technical College, where she served as assistant women’s basketball coach for three seasons. She signed two of Georgia’s top athletes and one of Mississippi’s finest Dandy Dozen players. Reed earned a Bachelor’s Degree in exercise science from Georgia Southwestern State University where she led the team in scoring and was named team most valuable player.
“I am ecstatic about the opportunity to work for Coach McCuin,” said Reed. “Over the last nine years she has been a mentor to me and her energy and passion for the game is amazing and contagious. She is a well connected, highly respected, and top recruiter in women’s basketball. I am ready to contribute to spark this program to the top of the Atlantic Sun. This will be a wonderful opportunity.”
Collier takes over as an assistant coach on the Dolphins staff after working this past season as a graduate assistant coach at Georgia State. A former standout at Wake Forest, the Washington, D.C. native wrapped up her career as a student-athlete in 2011 by helping the Demon Deacons to a 20-win season and the second round of the WNIT.
“Camille embodies the necessary tools starting in this profession with her incredible work ethic and zeal,” said McCuin. “Without a doubt her energy, along with attention to detail will impact this program instantaneously.”
Collier was named to the ACC All-Academic team as freshman when she led ACC rookies with her 8.2 scoring average and also earned a place on the ACC Honor Roll two other times. She earned her degree in sociology.
“I am elated and honored to join Coach McCuin’s staff,” added Collier. “I am excited about her vision for the program and the opportunity to elevate Jacksonville women’s basketball to new heights.”
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