Columbia, SC-Allen University has announced that Akia Stanton has been named the head coach of the Lady Yellow Jackets basketball team. She succeeds Jason James, who became head men's coach in March.
Coach Stanton comes to Allen University from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX where she was the head women's basketball coach for the past four years. Jarvis Christian is currently a member of the NAIA and Red River Athletic Conference. Prior, to coaching at Jarvis Christian she was the assistant basketball and volleyball coach at her Alma Mater Paine College in Augusta, GA for three years.
"Coach Stanton and I share the same vision for Allen-putting together a competitive team, competing for a Conference Championship, and eventually for a National Championship," Yellow Jackets Athletic Director, Chad Washington, said in a statement. "Coach Stanton plays a fun up-tempo style that players love and fans will enjoy. She is from Milledgeville, GA and is very familliar with recruiting in the Southeast area." said Washington.
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to coach the Women's Basketball team here at Allen University," Stanton said. "Allen has a tremendous basketball tradition, and I am looking forward to building on the excellent foundation that is in place on the court and in the classroom. I know firsthand, the energy level that faithful Allen student and alumni have is second to none.