NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State women's basketball coach Larry Vickers announced Thursday the completion of his coaching staff with the hiring of Danielle Bell and Tamoria Holmes as assistant coaches.
Bell comes to NSU after a stint as director of women's basketball operations at the University of Richmond, while Holmes most recently served as assistant women's basketball coach at Chowan. Bell and Holmes join second-year Spartans' assistant coach Lou Hamilton on Vickers' staff.
"I am extremely excited to add coach Bell and coach Holmes to the NSU family. Both are intelligent, upbeat and bring unique perspectives to the team," Vickers said. "One goal I had was to bring in versatile coaches who were winners and understand the family-oriented environment we need to succeed here. More importantly, they have the ability to prepare our program for both short- and long-term success."
A Virginia Beach, Va. native, Bell will work with the team's guards in addition to being responsible for scheduling, recruiting, team academics, film exchange, summer camps and game preparation. Prior to NSU, Bell spent three seasons as director of basketball operations at Richmond. In that capacity, she helped oversee the administrative tasks for her alma mater.
Prior to her stint at Richmond, Bell held the same director of operations title at Auburn University. There, she handled team travel, game day preparations, equipment and monitoring players' academic progress. All told, Bell spent three years working in the SEC, including two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia. Bell was a part of a Georgia program that went 45-20 in her two seasons and advanced to two NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011.
Holmes will also work with the team's backcourt. Her other responsibilities include recruiting, team travel, game preparation and overseeing the team's strength and conditioning. Holmes comes to NSU after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C. Last season, with Holmes on the bench, the Hawks compiled a 20-9 record, including a 13-3 mark in the CIAA. The Hawks earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional in March. In Holmes' two seasons at Chowan, the Hawks posted a 22-10 conference record.
Chowan was Holmes' first coaching stop following her successful playing career at Howard (2009-13). Holmes was a two-year captain of the Lady Bison, who advanced to the MEAC tournament championship game three times in her career. Holmes' best season came in 2011-12, when she was a first-team All-MEAC performer after leading the conference in scoring (18.3 points per game). Holmes also ranked fourth in the MEAC in steals (2.5) and sixth in free-throw percentage (77.0) that season, which culminated in Howard winning the MEAC regular-season title and earning a berth in the WNIT.
Holmes, who topped the 1,000 career point mark at Howard, also earned second-team HBCU All-America honors following the 2011-12 season.
A Durham, N.C. native, Holmes earned her bachelor's degree in health science from Howard in 2013.