2016 & 2017 Big South Champions!
The UNC Asheville Women's Basketball team punched their ticket to the big dance, topping off a record-setting season with a double overtime (64-62) victory over Liberty University and a Big South Conference Championship crown.read more
Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick
“Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick is the epitome of UNC Ashevilles vision of Champions in Athletics and Leaders in Life. She has been a champion both as a player and a coach. She always strives to achieve the best out of herself as well as her team through showing respect for others, possessing a hard working attitude, and demonstrating to her team, peers, and community her ability to be a servant leader. She is dedicated to helping others achieve their dreams. Coach Mock is a true Bulldog!” -Director of Athletics, Janet R. Cone.
Waynesville native Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick is in her fourth year as head coach of the UNC Asheville womens basketball program.
In the 2015-16 season, Kirkpatrick earned Big South Conference Coach of the Year honors while leading her team to the biggest turnaround season in NCAA Division I womens basketball, finishing the year with an overall record of 26-7. She was also named the Division I womens basketball Coach of the Year by HERO Sports.
Asheville hosted many decorated Bulldogs as a part of the 2015-16 campaign that paved the way to Ashevilles success on and off the court. Under Coach Kirkpaticks leadership, junior Chatori Major earned Big South Conference Player of the Year and Conference Tournament MVP honors, along with her teammate, Tianna Knuckles who received Big South Second Team All-Conference honors as well as being named an All-Tournament team selection. Paige Love earned Big South All-Academic team honors and was recognized as the first student-athlete to receive the Universitys William and Ida Friday Award for Service to Community.
“Honeys passion and commitment to our team throughout the past four years is ultimately reflected in our drastic improvement and success this season. The best decision I made after taking this post four years ago was hiring her to be on staff. She has done a great job developing our perimeter players and off the court she has served as a glue person in the program. Honeys selfless approach to coaching and taking initiative to get things done for our student-athletes is extremely valuable in our day to day operations.” -Head Coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick
Honey Brown is in her fourth year as a member of Kirkpatricks coaching staff. Brown specializes in development of perimeter players. Her primary responsibilities include serving as the teams academic liaison, the in-game defensive coordinator and equipment liaison.
The program has steadily improved over the past four years, with the Bulldogs achieving the biggest turnaround season in NCAA Division I womens basketball in 2015-16. Asheville amassed program-high regular season, (26) and conference wins (16) on their way to an overall record of 26-7. The Bulldogs also brought home their first ever regular season conference title and the programs second Big South Conference Tournament Championship which led to an NCAA First round appearance.
“Josh has been an exceptional addition to our staff during the past two seasons bringing an enthusiasm and passion that has become contagious throughout the program. He is bright, innovative, and truly dedicated to performing at a high level every day. As our recruiting coordinator he works very hard spearheading an effort to continue bringing the right players and people to our womens basketball program. He is a rising star in this profession and I look forward to seeing his continued growth and impact on our team and staff.” – Head Coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick
Josh Petersen is in his second year as an assistant coach with the UNC Asheville basketball program. He specializes in the development of post players. Petersens primary responsibilities include serving as the Bulldogs recruiting coordinator and camp director.
Petersen has been a part of the programs steady improvement, including Division 1 womens basketballs biggest turnaround in the 2015-16 season. Asheville amassed program-high regular season (26), and conference wins (16) on their way to an overall record of 26-7. The Bulldogs also brought home their first ever regular season conference title and the programs second Big South Conference Tournament Championship which led to an NCAA First round appearance.
Joy is entering her first year with the Bulldogs after spending the past two years as a Graduate Assistant at Liberty University.
“We are excited to have someone with Joys experience and familiarity with the Big South Conference joining our staff. In her past two years serving as a graduate assistant at Liberty, she worked with a very talented program that earned an NCAA berth and a WNIT bid. She learned a tremendous amount regarding all facets of running a high level basketball program. Joy has a passion for mentoring and encouraging young student-athletes as well as genuine excitement for the game of basketball. With time spent as a player at both George Mason and University of Richmond, I am confident she will bring a variety of perspectives and experiences to the table to help continue growing our program,” said head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick.
Tharrington played two seasons at Richmond (2008-09 and 2009-10) before transferring to George Mason for her final two campaigns (2011-12 and 2012-13). She was a team captain during each of her years at George Mason and was the co-founder of the campus Athletes in Action group there.