WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012
Women’s hoops announces staff changes
There will be a few new faces on the JU women’s basketball sidelines as the Dolphins added three new staff members for the 2012-13 season.
Shellie Greenman and Daphne Mitchell each join the Dolphins staff as assistant coaches. Former Dolphins forward Taneskei Richardson returns to the Dolphins to be the graduate assistant manager.
“I am excited about the new additions to our staff,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “All three will bring positive energy and new ideas. I can’t wait to see what is in store for JU women’s basketball. It is going to be an exciting year.”
Last season, Greenman and Mitchell were both on the Tennessee Tech women’s basketball staff, leading the Golden Eagles to the Ohio Valley Championship game. They also helped them earn a postseason berth for the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).
Prior to Tennessee Tech, Greenman served as an assistant coach for the second time at Virginia Tech from 2004-11. Along with her coaching duties, she oversaw the Hokies’ recruiting efforts. Greenman also worked on the Hokies coaching staff from 1988-93 following graduation from Emory and Henry College.
Greenman was the associated head coach and recruiting coordinator from 2000-03 at Western Carolina in between her stints at Virginia Tech. She previously was an assistant coach on the Catamounts staff from 1993-96. Greenman has also coached at Miami (Ohio) University and UT Chattanooga. She has recruited a player who has been named the Conference Rookie of the Year at each of the three schools.
As a player, Greenman was a four-year letterwinner at Emory and Henry, leading her team to the ODAC championship in 1988 while also earning all-tournament team honors. She graduated from the school with a bachelor’s in health and physical education and earned her master’s degree from Virginia Tech in sports administration.
“I am so excited about joining Coach Dunn’s staff and the JU family,” Greenman said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Dunn as a coach and as a person and I am very appreciative of this opportunity. It’s a beautiful place and a great academic institution and I look forward to helping build on the success that the women’s program has had in the past.”
Mitchell was a four-year letterwinner at Georgia Tech in the posts from 2004-08 before starting her coaching career. She saw action in 102 games, including starting five of her 13 career contests as a senior. Mitchell played in a career-best 33 games as a sophomore, averaging 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds a contest. Off the court, she earned the ACC Top Six Service honor for her work in the community in the spring of 2006.
Following her Yellow Jacket career, Mitchell played professionally overseas for two seasons.
The East Point, Ga., native played for the Clube Desportivo TorresNovas team in Portugal. She also played for the Codigalco Carmelitas in Spain and averaged eight points and six rebounds. Mitchell's professional career also included a team in Finland, where she averaged 15 points and seven rebounds, and a team in Ecuador, where she averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Georgia Tech in 2008.
“I am very excited to join the Dolphin family as a member of Coach Dunn’s staff,” Mitchell said. “Jacksonville University is a great environment and after meeting the players and staff, I am confident we will acquire success in all that we set out to accomplish. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to learning from and working with Coach Dunn and the rest of the staff.”
Richardson returns to the Dolphins after a year-hiatus playing professionally overseas for HyPo Koris (Hyvinkaa Ponteva) in Finland.
The local native wrapped her three-year JU career (2008-11) ranked fifth all-time in field percentage (.445) and rebounds (572). In her final year, she passed Kat Sungy (283, 2001-02) for the most rebounds in a single-season with 315 and shattered the offensive record with 124 boards, while placing fifth in blocks.
Richardson led the Dolphins as a senior in scoring (11.1), field goal percentage (.460), rebounds (9.8) and blocks (43). She was also second in steals (48) and ranked third in assists (42). Richardson tallied 14 double-doubles, including hitting the feat 10 times in the final 17 contests en route to A-Sun all-tournament honors. Nationally, she finished the year ranked 27th in double-doubles and 32nd in rebounds.