RALEIGH, NC – Today, the Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Department of Athletics announced the promotion of Jarita Crump as full-time Women’s Basketball Head Coach.
Crump coached the Lady Falcons on an interim basis during the 2015-16 season. She was the women’s assistant basketball coach for the previous four seasons and the 2010-11 season.
“We are pleased Coach Crump has accepted the position,” said Athletic Director George Williams. “She inherited a team last season which lost several key players and did a good job. We think it is right to give her a chance with her own student-athletes and help them reach their goals.”
Last season, her top player, Sycoya Dorsey, was named to the Division II All-State team by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA). As a Lady Falcons’ assistant, Crump helped guide the basketball team to four consecutive CIAA Team Highest Grade Point Average awards.
“I am excited and honored to begin this journey and lead the Saint Augustine’s women’s basketball team,” said Crump, a Raleigh, N.C. native. “The opportunity to help our Lady Falcons excel academically and competitively is a great privilege. I would like to thank President Everett B. Ward and Athletic Director George Williams for their belief in me.”
Assistant coaches Wyndell Holmes and James “Art” Richmond will also return this season. This will be their second season on the Lady Falcons’ coaching staff.
Before starting her college coaching career, Crump was the head varsity girls basketball coach at Word of God Christian Academy from 2008 to 2010. During her tenure at Word of God, the girls basketball team won its first state title in 12 years in 2010, and finished as state runner-up in 2009. Word of God, a private school located in Raleigh, N.C., never lost a conference game under Crump, who was a two-time conference coach of the year.