After turning around the women’s basketball program at Jacksonville University, Yolett McPhee-McCuin has been tabbed the ninth head coach in Ole Miss history, as announced on April 4, 2018, by Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Ross Bjork.McPhee-McCuin spent the previous five seasons transforming Jacksonville into a perennial power in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During her tenure as head coach, McPhee-McCuin led the Dolphins to a 94-63 record (50-24 in ASUN play) and postseason appearances in each of her last three seasons.
“Yolett McPhee-McCuin was born to teach and coach,” Bjork said. “As the daughter of legendary Bahamian basketball coach Gladstone `Moon’ McPhee and her mother a teacher, `Coach Yo’ has coaching and leadership running through her DNA. Throughout our search process, it became clear to us: Coach McCuin is a star in the making, and we better secure her leadership before another program does.
“With her perspective as a collegiate point guard, we know she sees the big picture of what it takes to be successful in the SEC and on the national stage. Coach McCuin’s leadership, style of play, recruiting prowess, energy and passion is exactly what we need right now in order to re-establish Ole Miss Women’s Basketball back to competing for and winning championships. We want to welcome Yolett, Kelly, Yasmine and Yuri to the Ole Miss family.”
Tony Greene is in his first season as an assistant coach under Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin in 2018-19.
Greene spent the last three seasons on staff at Toledo, and has more than 20 years of experience as a collegiate coach with stops at Texas Southern, Grambling State and Langston along the way.
“I am so happy to have Tony join us here at Ole Miss,” McPhee-McCuin said. “When looking for pieces to fit my staff, it was imperative that I found someone with certain qualities: a winner, an impeccable work ethic and drive, and a person of great character. Tony checked all of these boxes, and more. He is exactly the type of guy that I want representing Ole Miss Women’s Basketball.”
Former Ole Miss women’s basketball great, Armintie Price Herrington enters her first season as an assistant coach under Yolett McPhee-McCuin following two seasons as the Coordinator of Player Engagement. Herrington was also an assistant coach at Ole Miss from 2009-12.
“Armintie is exactly what this program needs,” McPhee-McCuin said. “We need someone who loves Ole Miss, someone who is a proven winner, and someone who is both a great person and a tireless worker. Armintie is `Mississippi Made,’ and the goal is to recruit individuals who exhibit not just her talent, but her character as well. I have been fortunate in these last few weeks to evaluate Armintie on the court as a coach and out on the recruiting trail, and I am excited that she is joining us in this capacity. I look forward to seeing the lives she will impact in the process.”
Herrington is one of the most decorated players in Ole Miss women’s basketball history. Herrington was an All-American, three-time first team All-SEC honoree and a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year selection. Herrington, who was Price during her playing days, was also the 2003-04 SEC Freshman of the Year. She was lightly recruited out of high school in Myrtle, Mississippi, but her name is etched in the Ole Miss and SEC record books, as she is one of just three players to score over 2000 points in her Ole Miss career. She still holds the SEC record for steals in a game with 12 against Illinois in 2006-07 and the SEC record for free throw attempts in a season (301) in 2006-07 and career free throws with 932 throughout her career. Herrington still holds nine Ole Miss women’s basketball records.
Chris Ayers is in his first season as an assistant coach under Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “Chris Ayers will be one of the best relationship builders in the country,” McPhee-McCuin said. “He has grassroots experience and is great with player development, and his communication skills both with players and the community at large are superb. He will be a force to reckon with in this business.”
Ayers most recently was a graduate manager at Georgia Tech for the 2017-18 season, where he assisted with scouting and player development, in addition to day-to-day duties with the coaching staff. Georgia Tech is coming off a 20-14 season that saw a trip to the Third Round of the WNIT.
“My family and I are excited to have joined Rebel Nation and the Oxford community,” Ayers said. “I’m honored that Coach Yo is giving me the opportunity to be part of her journey and trusting me to help guide Ole Miss women’s basketball to success.”