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RALEIGH, N.C – Saint Augustine's University (SAU) didn't have to look far to find its next head women's basketball coach.

The SAU Department of Athletics hired Ebony Tanner-Moore, who was the Associate Head Women's Basketball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at nearby Shaw University the past two seasons. Tanner-Moore replaces Montel Jones, who stepped down for personal family reasons in mid-November 2020 after two seasons at the helm.sau ebony tanner MooreTanner-Moore

"I am very excited to be a part of the Saint Augustine's University family," said Tanner-Moore, who is a Garner, N.C. native. "I am ready for the opportunity to turn the program around."

A former area prep basketball standout, Tanner-Moore is an up-and-coming coach in the profession. She was an assistant coach at the University of Richmond and the University of Hartford, two Division I programs, in addition to two stints at Shaw.

This is her first job as a college head coach.

"It is very exciting to hire someone that embraces the opportunity to build something special here at Saint Augustine's University," SAU Interim Athletic Director David Bowser said. "Ms. Moore is committed to developing the entire student-athlete and genuinely cares about their well-being as an individual."

During her first stint at Shaw from 2006 to 2009, Tanner-Moore was an assistant on the 2007-08 CIAA Championship team that earned a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

She spent seven seasons at Richmond, her alma mater, as an assistant from 2009 to 2016. During her time there, Richmond reached the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) four out of seven seasons and posted multiple 20-win seasons, including a 24-10 record which was the most wins since 2009 and the fewest losses since the 2004-05 season.

After one year at the University of Hartford, Tanner-Moore returned to Shaw in 2017 before accepting the SAU head coaching position.

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