E. Stuart James Grant Center
The Grant Center is home of the Cougars' Women's Basketball team. This facility features retractable bleachers that seat more than 2,500 Averett fans that surround the main court. There are also full sized college courts on either side of the wooden main court, which are utilized for team practice or additional competition space during tournaments. Read More
Liz Hudy has served as the Averett University women’s basketball head coach since April 2011. In addition to her coaching duties at Averett, Hudy has served as the department’s Senior Woman Administrator since June 2015.
For two consecutive seasons, Hudy has guided her team to the program’s highest overall win total. In 2017-18, the Cougars went 18-9 overall and set a program record for conference wins with a 13-3 mark in the USA South Conference. A season earlier, Hudy guided her 2016-17 team to a program-best 18 overall wins as the Cougars finished 18-9 overall and 10-4 in the USA South Conference. The No. 2 seed in the East Division, Averett advanced to the USA South semifinals.
Hudy’s 2015-16 team matched its third-highest overall win total by going 14-12 while finishing 9-7 in the competitive USA South. In her first seven seasons at the helm, Hudy has produced three D3hoops.com All-Region selections, 10 USA South All-Conference selections and the 2014-15 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) State Rookie of the Year. Hudy also has produced a three-time Academic All-America from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), including the 2017-18 Division III Women’s Basketball Academic All-America of the Year in Samm Chandler.
Toshina Jessamy joined the Averett University women’s basketball program as an assistant coach in July 2017. Previously, she worked as a skill development coach with the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Division III Mitchell College, her alma mater.
Jessamy, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, played two seasons at Mitchell, where she earned academic all-conference honors from the New England Collegiate Conference. While at Mitchell, Jessamy also served as a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She began her collegiate career at Division II Post University, where she played one season after redshirting her first year with the Eagles.
Jessamy has a wealth of coaching experience. In addition to serving as a skill development coach at Mitchell from January to June 2017, she also coached the Windsor High School freshmen and junior varsity girls basketball programs during the 2016-17 season, guiding the freshmen to an 11-0 record and the junior varsity team to a 7-3 mark. While missing a season due to injury at Mitchell, Jessamy was a student assistant coach during the 2014-15 season. Jessamy’s background also includes time coaching AAU basketball and camps.
Lindsay Hieronymus joined the Averett University women’s basketball program as an assistant coach in July 2017. Previously, Hieronymus served as an assistant high school coach at the Sayre School following a four-year playing career at Division III Transylvania University.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Hieronymus was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team at Transylvania, where she helped the program win three conference regular season championships and one conference tournament title while making two NCAA Tournament appearances. A captain and starter during her senior campaign, Hieronymus twice earned academic all-conference honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and was on the league’s all-sportsmanship team her senior year. She also received Transylvania’s Female Senior Leadership Award in 2016.
Hieronymus worked at the Sayre School during the 2016-2017 academic year, where she was the varsity girls basketball assistant coach and helped guide the team to the region championship and an appearance in the state tournament while compiling a 19-7 overall record. In addition, she served as an assistant middle school volleyball coach and an assistant high school/middle school lacrosse coach.