WBB coaches updated

Orangeburg, SC (May 25, 2023) – South Carolina State head women’s basketball coach Tim Eatman has added two former Lady Bulldog basketball players to his staff. Regina Garrett and Jaquanna Murray, former starters for SC State, have joined Eatman’s staff as assistants.

“I am excited to welcome Coach Garrett and Coach Murray back home to South Carolina State University,” Eatman said in announcing the staff additions. “As the head women’s basketball coach at South Carolina State University, it is an honor to have alumni join the women’s basketball staff. Both impressed me with their desire to return to an institution that they valued and loved. It is this passion and energy that will help SCSU WBB build a program based on the values of this great institution.”

Coach Jaquanna Murray:

Jaquanna Murray returns to SC State after spending the last three seasons (2020-2023) as an assistant basketball coach at Mississippi Valley State University.

Prior to her stint at MSVU, Murray served as an assistant coach at North High School, where her coaching career began. Her tenure at North High School, where she also served as a  conditioning coach, followed a stint in professional basketball.

During her collegiate career at SC State, Murray was an outstanding rebounder and the leading shot blocker in Lady Bulldog history. She extended her basketball career as a professional athlete overseas in Ostrava, Czech Republic for SBS Ostrava.

The Orangeburg, S.C. native and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School graduate (2015), earned a bachelor’s in Sport Management from SC State in 2019, and a master’s in Sports Administration at Mississippi Valley State University (2021).

Murray is the recipient of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Tara VanDerveer Grant for the second straight year. During year one as the Tara VanDerveer Fellow, she gained valuable experience in the areas of basketball operations, NCAA compliance, and player development. She also participated in various professional development opportunities to broaden her knowledge in the sport of basketball, offensive and defensive schemes, team building skills (players/staff), and networking within the collegiate athletics industry.

 

Coach Regina Garrett:

Regina Garrett (Coach G) enters her first season as an assistant coach at SCSU after spending two years at nationally ranked Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, MI.

During her time at MACC, Garrett helped coach the program to a 55-19 (.846) overall record and a 25-5 (.833) worksheet in region play. Garrett recruited and coached nine All-Region selections, one NJCAA First Team All-American, one WBCA All-American, and one WBCA All-American Honorable Mention.

She helped the program amass two NJCAA National tournament berths (2022 & 2023) and achieve the 2023 MCCAC and Region 16 Regular Season Championships and the 2023 Region 16 and Central District Tournament Championships.

Garrett began her coaching career as the assistant Coach at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (2020-2021) in Hudson, NC. She previously served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Virginia where she worked under WNBA Hall of Famer, Tina Thompson, following her playing career at SC State (2016-2018).

Her passion is to help student-athletes develop on and off the court through character-building, discipline, and teamwork.

The Dallas, Texas native graduated from SC State with a Bachelor of Science degree (2018) and earned a master’s in education from the University of Virginia (2020).

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