WVU loses top women's assistant coach

West Virginia has lost its top assistant women's basketball coach. Sharronna Reaves, a three-year assistant, has been named head coach at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University.

She is the sixth women's coach in the program's 31 seasons. Reaves helped WVU to a 57-40 record during her tenure. The lead recruiter for head coach Mike Carey's program, two of Reaves' recruiting classes at the school were ranked in the top-20 nationally. The Mountaineers recorded back-to-back, 21-win seasons for the first time in school history during her first two years in Morgantown, including a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003-04.

She also monitored the Mountaineers' academic progress, as the team sported a 100 percent graduation rate during her time. Reaves was instrumental in scouting opponents, self-scouting the WVU squad, admissions, community service, and team public relations, as well as serving as co-director for the team's summer camp.

"I am extremely honored to be named head women's basketball coach at C.W. Post," Reaves said. "When I came on my visit, I fell in love with the facilities and the overall support and commitment not only of (assistant director of athletics) Bryan Collins, but also the entire search committee and C.W. Post administration."

Reaves's other Division I coaching experience includes a stint as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Troy (Ala.) University from 1995-98. She helped guide the Trojans to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996-97, as they won the Mid-Continent Conference title with a record of 23-7.

The former Sharrona Alexander played for Alabama, where she was a member of the school's first-ever (male or female) Final Four squad in 1994. The Crimson Tide went 48-16 during her two-year stay with the team, including a 26-7 mark with a final No. 3 national ranking during the Final Four run.

"Throughout the interview process, Sharrona had a tremendous presence, and commanded attention of the room," said Collins, who served as the chairman of the women's basketball search committee. "Her success as a player and a coach showcase her drive to succeed and bring our program to national prominence. Sharrona's coaching philosophy is to develop the whole student-athlete – academically, socially and athletically."

West Virginia's search for a new assistant is expected to begin immediately. The other assistants are Chester Nichols (three seasons) and Everett "E.J." Jackson (one season). Wesley Brooks served as graduate assistant the last two seasons.

Note: Former WVU center Yelena Leuchanka, a free agent signing with the WNBA's Charlotte Sting, scored a game-high 22 points in Charlotte's first exhibition game.

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