Women's Hoops Fills One Open Slot

West Virginia University women's basketball coach Mike Carey has announced the hiring of Donchez Graham as an assistant coach.

A native of Baltimore, Graham comes to West Virginia from Morgan State, where he spent the past four seasons as an assistant. At Morgan State, Graham was responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting and the development of the post players.

"Donchez brings a wealth of East Coast recruiting contacts to our program and is well-known on the national AAU circuit," Carey says. "And because of his head-coaching experience, he will be a well-rounded addition to the staff. I'm very excited he's coming to Morgantown to be a positive role model for our young ladies."

"I am blown away by the honor to work with coach Carey and the staff at West Virginia. I want to do anything in my power to help the program win," Graham says. "I'm super excited to play in the best conference in the country in the Big East and I'm very eager to learn from all the great coaches that coach in the country's best league. I want to help West Virginia maintain its status as one of the premier teams in the conference. There's nothing like a challenge!"

During his time at Morgan State, he helped lead the Bears to 53 victories since the 2006-07 season. In 2008, the Bears participated in the WNIT, the program's first postseason invitation. Morgan State had three Top 100 recruiting classes while Graham was there (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 by Blue Star Report, All-Star Girl's Report and Girls Collegiate Basketball Report). The Bears ranked seventh in the nation in 2006-07 in field goal percentage defense and third in the nation in team steals in 2007-08.

Graham came to Morgan State in 2005 after spending three years as the head coach at Western High in Baltimore. While there, he guided Western to a 46-6 record, a City title and two Regional and state Final Four appearances. His squads ended the season ranked in the top five by The Baltimore Sun on three occasions.

Prior to his stint at Western, Graham served four years as associate head coach at Dunbar High. At Dunbar, his teams tallied a 101-8 mark and captured three Maryland State 2A/1A championships. Dunbar also won two Baltimore City League titles and finished ranked No. 1 by The Baltimore Sun in 2001-02.

Graham graduated from Morgan State in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned a master's degree in school improvement leadership in 2003 from Goucher College.


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