Chaussee Named Chowan Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach
MURFREESBORO- The Chowan University athletic department has named Melanie Chaussee Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams. Chaussee embarks on her first season as Head Coach of both cross country teams after serving as the Assistant Volleyball Coach during the 2015 off-season.
Chaussee competed for the Chowan University volleyball team for two seasons. She was an integral part of the team's 2014 CIAA Northern Division title and CIAA Championship. Chaussee earned All-CIAA recognition, Atlantic Regional All-Tournament Team recognition and NCCSIA All-State honors her senior year while tallying 334 season kills and 61 blocks (eight solo, 53 assisted) for the Blue and White.
She graduated in December 2014 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Prior to attending Chowan, Chaussee earned an Associate's degree from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. She served as a student athletic trainer during her two years there.
LaQuanda Barksdale Quick Joins Women's Basketball Staff at WSSU
LaQuanda Barksdale Quick, a former West Forsyth girls’ basketball coach, has been hired as an assistant coach for the Winston-Salem State women’s basketball team.
Quick resigned from West Forsyth on June 8 after six seasons where she compiled a 108-52 record.
When Quick offered her resignation to athletics director Mike Pennington at West Forsyth, she did not give a reason for leaving.
Quick starred at West Forsyth from 1993 through ’97, winning Player of the Year in the Central Piedmont 4-A her final two years and also winning the Journal’s Mary Garber Award as the top female player in Northwest North Carolina.
She later had a standout playing career at North Carolina and played in the WNBA.
She was the head coach at West for the past six seasons, during which time the team experienced unprecedented success. Led by twins Jazmine and Jessica Jones, the Titans reached the Class 4-A state-championship game for the only time in school history in 2012, and the Titans were one win away from returning to the championship in 2014.
Pennington offered high praise last month for the work that Quick did with the girls program at West Forsyth.
Quick will join the staff of A.G. Hall, who will be entering his fourth season at WSSU. Last season the Rams went 11-17 and lost 88-59 in the second round of the CIAA Tournament to Shaw.
She will be replacing Tierra Rudd, who left to take an assistant’s job at Western Carolina.