Prairie View A&M head women's basketball coach Toyelle Wilson is leaving to become an assistant coach at Baylor. Wilson joins Sytia Messer as new additions to Kim Mulkey's staff.
"I am excited to welcome Toyelle and Sytia to our staff and thrilled to be able to hire two individuals with head coaching experience. They will be valuable and welcome additions to the Lady Bear program," said Mulkey. "I have admired Toyelle's leadership and coaching while she's been at Prairie View A&M and I have always kept up with Sytia, I recruited her out or high school."
Wilson comes to Baylor after leading the Prairie View A&M Panthers to three straight SWAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearances. Wilson compiled a 55-43 record in her three seasons as the program's head coach. Prior to accepting the head coach position, Wilson was the Panthers' top assistant for four years, she also spend three seasons as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University.
Wilson was recently one of 30 coaches across the nation that participated in the Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The CCE is an elite program for select basketball coaches and is designed to provide college women's basketball coaches with the professional skills and personal ethics training necessary to be exceptional leaders.
A native of Camden, N.J., Wilson earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Manhattan College in 2003 and was a four-year letter winner for the women's basketball team. She was a team captain and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors while leading the squad to an NCAA Tournament berth and a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship.
Messer comes to Baylor after three years as a head coach at Tennessee Tech and serving two stints at Georgia Tech, She was associate head coach at Georgia Tech last season and served as an assistant coach for the Yellow Jackets from 2004-09. In between stints on the Atlanta campus, she compiled a 54-41 record as the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles' head coach.
Wilson and Messer will begin on July 1 and replace Rekha Patterson and Damion McKinney. Patterson, the daughter of Fayetteville State head women's basketball coach Eva Patterson-Heath, has accepted a position as associate head coach at Ball State. McKinney resigned in May to pursue "other professional opportunities".