"Malikah has excellent East Coast ties and has great basketball experience," Carey says. "She has international playing experience and New York ties, having played high school basketball there. She will be another great role model for our student-athletes, and I'm happy to have her join our staff."
"I'm excited to join the program," Willis says. "It's a great time to be a Mountaineer with a great class coming in and great things going on. I want to hit the ground running. West Virginia borders so many states, and I'm excited to get on the recruiting trail.
"The BIG EAST speaks for itself and my expectations are to compete and be at the top of the conference. I love coach Carey's style of play. It's hard nosed, rough and rugged and I love the opportunity to be with a program like West Virginia because of the type of winning atmosphere and winning attitude that is already in place."
Willis comes to West Virginia from Norfolk State, where she spent the past two seasons as assistant coach. As an assistant, she served as the team's out-of-state recruiting coordinator, team travel coordinator and was responsible for the development of the post players.
Prior to Norfolk State, Willis spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Elizabeth City State, helping the Lady Vikings to a 21-10 record, the CIAA tournament championship game and an at-large berth to the NCAA South Atlantic Regional during the 2006-07 season.
Willis also had assistant coaching positions at the University of Illinois-Chicago (2000-02), Chicago State (2002-03) and Cheyney University (2003-04).
A native of Queens, N.Y., Willis played at Christ the King High, where she was a teammate of former Los Angeles Spark and Tennessee All-American Chamique Holdsclaw. At the end of her prep career, Willis was named a first team Parade All-American and was a part of Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer's 1994 recruiting class at Iowa that was ranked No. 1 in the country.
The Hawkeyes captured consecutive Big Ten tournament championships in 1995 and 1996 and a regular season championship in 1995. A four-year letterwinner for Iowa, Willis earned bachelor's degrees in media studies and African-American studies in 1998. She also played professionally for Color Cap Tybnik of Poland and Tapiola Honka of Finland in 1999 and Brazil's Santa Maria Club in 2000.
Willis is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and also holds memberships with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association.