April 19, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.UCFAthletics.com) - UCF head women's basketball coach Joi Williams announced on Thursday the hiring of Brandy Manning, Alysiah Bond and Greg Brown as assistant coaches. Both Manning and Bond join Williams after serving similar positions under her guidance at Murray State, while Brown comes to Orlando from Goodpasture High School in Nashville, Tenn.
"I am excited to have Brandy, Alysiah and Greg as a part of my staff at UCF," said Williams, who took over as head coach of the Knights' program on March 29. "Each of them possesses a tremendous amount of passion and knowledge of the game of basketball. They are all going to be instrumental in transforming UCF into a championship program."
Last season, Manning and Bond helped Williams Felton guide Murray State to a 21-10 overall record and a berth to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Manning's responsibilities included the development of the post players, including Kodak/WBCA All-America Honorable Mention and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year Joi Scott, while Bond guided the perimeter players.
Before his appointment to the Murray State position, Manning worked at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga., where he was an assistant coach for the boy's varsity basketball team and head coach of the boy's junior varsity squad.
After graduating from Clark Atlanta in 2002, Manning served as a graduate assistant coach with the Louisville women's basketball team for two seasons. During that time, the Cardinals posted a record of 42-19 and advanced to the 2005 Conference USA championship game.
Manning, who has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta and a master's degree in education from Louisville, is married to the former Nakaya Primus of Washington, D.C.
Prior to her arrival at Murray State, Bond held a similar position for two years at Tennessee State. She also served as the director of women's basketball operations at Tennessee from 1998-2001 and as director of special programs for USA Basketball in Colorado Springs, Colo. for a year.
In addition to her coaching and administrative background, Bond has extensive experience in sports broadcasting, beginning as the color analyst for Lady Vols games in 2000. She also worked as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at NBC affiliates in both Knoxville, Tenn. and Columbus, Ohio.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Bond played point guard at Ohio State for four seasons, helping the Buckeyes advance to the NCAA Championship game in 1993. She was also named OSU's best defensive player and was voted captain her final two seasons.
Bond holds a bachelor's of science degree in marketing from Ohio State.
Brown boasts extensive coaching experience on both the collegiate and high school levels. He most recently served as head girl's basketball coach at Goodpasture Christian School, where he led the team to a fourth place finish in the district last year.
At the college level, Brown learned from one of the best, working for two years at Tennessee for Pat Summitt. He first served as a graduate assistant in 2002-03 before being elevated to assistant coach in 2003-04. During that time, the Lady Vols had a combined record of 64-9, earned two Southeastern Conference Championships and were twice the runner-up at the NCAA Championship. Brown also published an article in American Basketball Quarterly on developing low post players at Tennessee.
Brown also found success as the head girl's basketball coach at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon, Tenn., as he guided the Lady Commanders to three district championships, a regional championship and a sub-state title. In 2002, Friendship went 31-3 and advanced to the state quarterfinals. He earned the second of his two District 8A Coach of the Year awards that season.
Brown began his career as a student assistant coach at Lipscomb and has also worked at a number of basketball camps, including those at Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah and Vanderbilt.
Brown earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Lipscomb. He and his wife, Teresa, have a son, Cole.
Williams was hired as the 11th head coach in UCF history after serving in the same position at Murray State for the last four years. In the fall, the Knights will make their debut at the new Convocation Center on campus.
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