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Morris Brown Announced New Coaches

July 23, 1999

Atlanta, GA - Morris Brown College (MBC) athletic department has announced the addition of four new persons to the athletic coaching staff. These assignments are in women's basketball, men's basketball, volleyball and men's & women's cross country. Mr. Gene Bright, MBC athletics director made the appointments earlier this month.

Jackie Caruthers has taken on the task of heading the Lady Wolverines basketball program at Morris Brown. She will also handled the duties of assistant volleyball coach. Caruthers comes to Morris Brown from Westlake High School where she served as a basketball assistant and head softball coach. Since 1988, Caruthers has coached several Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams.

Caruthers sharpened her basketball skills as a highly touted player at Baldwin County High School in her hometown of Milledgeville, GA, where she was selected Most Valuable Player. During the late 1970s, Caruthers was a member of the Lady Seminoles' basketball team at Florida State University. As a collegiate player, she was named to the All-Florida State Team and to the All-Metro Conference Team. After leaving FSU in 1979, Caruthers graduated from The Medical College of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in health information management in 1982 . She received the master's degree in educational administration from California State University-Sacramento in 1991.

Caruthers and her husband of twenty years, Earl have three children; Earl, Aaron and Asa.

Tamica Smith begins her first season as the head coach of the Lady Wolverines volleyball team. Additionally, Smith will serve as the assistant basketball coach for the Lady Wolverines. Smith played her college basketball at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. She was team captain from 1993 through 1997. She was also a member of the Lady Bulldogs track & field and cross country teams.

Smith, who hails from Decatur, GA, earned the bachelor of science degree in management from Alabama A&M in 1997. She expects to receive the master's of public administration from Savannah State University this summer. She comes to Morris Brown from Savannah State University where she spent last season as the interim women's basketball and volleyball coach. Smith prepped at SW DekalbHigh School.

Alice Jackson is the third of three new female coaches on the Wolverine staff. She will coach the men and women cross country teams. Jackson worked with the Wolverine men's & women track teams last season.

The Atlanta, GA native attended George High School where she was a standout track performer in the 100, 200 and 400 events. She also excelled in soccer and cross country. After high school, Jackson attended Grambling State University, earning All-SWAC and All-American honors. While in college, Jackson participated in many international competitions. She ran in the Pan American Games, World Indoor meets and in USA track & Field meets. In 1988, Jackson set an American record in the 300 meter event.

Jackson graduated from Grambling in 1980 with a BS degree in political science. She earned the MFA degree in finance from the Atlanta University Center in 1982. Currently, Jackson is working on the Ph.D. degree in political science at Clark Atlanta University.

Jimmie Westley will join the Wolverine basketball staff as an assistant to Coach Russell Ellington. This is the second time in his career that Westley will be an assistant to Ellington. Back in 1979, Westley was Ellington's assistant for four years at Savannah State University.

Westley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position. He has had two stints at Savannah State University as head coach. He started his career as a head coach at Savannah State back in 1974 through 1978 as the women's head coach. In 1977 he led the Lady Tigers to defeats over Georgia tech, Georgia, Florida and Florida State. His team also played Louisiana State (LSU) and Texas. He took his team to the Association of Intercollegiate Athletic for Women (AIAW) regionals where he lost to Auburn University by one point. He compiled a record of 74-34 during the period.

In 1985, Westley took over the men's program at Savannah State. After the 1987 season, with a record of 29-23, Westley left the coaching ranks and moved back to his first love, golf. Coach Westley has a reputation as a top notch golfer. He missed getting his Profession Golf Association (PGA) card by just one shot. After moving around the golf circuit, Westley again took the reins of the Savannah State men's basketball program in 1996 and took the team through the 1997 season.

The Tallahassee, FL native prepped at Florida A&M High School where he was an excellent point guard. He played his collegiate basketball at Savannah State where according to some, he was thebest point guard to ever play for the Savannah, GA school. He also played golf for the Tigers. Westley graduated from Savannah State in 1972 with a degree in education. He and his wife Gannette have three grown children; Jimmie, Jerome and Ganell.

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