TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida A&M University has announced Shalon Pillow, as Head Coach of the Women's Basketball program.
"We are excited about the direction of our women's basketball program under Coach Pillow's leadership," VP/Director of Athletics, Kortne Gosha,said. "Her natural pedigree as a student-athlete and coaching at the highest level of women's basketball stood out immediately. We are committed to providing Coach Pillow with the resources and support necessary to develop the championship culture on and off the court that our young women deserve. It is my privilege and honor to welcome Shalon to the Highest of Seven Hills."
Pillow comes to Tallahassee with over 15 years of successful coaching and skill development experience after serving as an Assistant Women's Basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) under Hall of Fame Coach Rick Insell.
"I'm honored and blessed to be the next head coach at Florida A&M," Pillow said. "I've been preparing for this opportunity my entire life. I look forward to leading this program to success that will stand long after I retire."
A native of Addyston, Ohio, Pillow played a key role in helping lead MTSU to five straight postseason appearances during her tenure. Pillow has significant esperience coaching post players and focuses on skill development and fundamentals. Additionally, she understands what it takes to play at a high level and develop talent to its fullest potential.
Most recently during her tenure at MTSU, Pillow aided in developing standout Alex Johnson into one of the most productive post players in program history. Johnson was a three-time All-Conference USA selection and the 2015-16 C-USA Freshman of the Year. Johnson flourished under Pillow's tutelage and capped her illustrious career among the Top 10 in nine different all-time categories, including scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
Pillow was also instrumental in the development of Gabby Lyon, 2016-2017 C-USA Sixth Player of the Year and forward Jordan Majors, who turned in a career year in 2018-19 as she produced five of her six double-figure scoring games and more than doubled her career scoring and rebounding totals. Pillow helped guide the Lady Raiders to 24 wins and the WNIT quarterfinals during her first season in 2014-15 when she worked with Cheyenne Parker, who was the No. 5 overall pick of the WNBA Chicago Sky in April, 2015.
Prior to MTSU, Pillow spent five seasons at the University of Kentucky where the Wildcats posted a 137-39 record during her tenure. The team also made five NCAA tournament appearances, three Elite Eight appearances and was SEC regular-season champions in 2012.
~FAMU Sports Information