Fayetteville, NC – Fayetteville State University has named Serena King-Coleman as the 13th head women’s basketball coach in program history.
King-Coleman comes to FSU after completing seven seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Kentucky State University. She complied an overall record of 99-67 at KSU and picked up her 100th career victory on January 27th, 2014.
This past season (2015-16), King-Coleman reached a career single season best record of 24-5. She led the Thorobrettes to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Tournament championship game and an appearance in the NCAA DII South Regionals.
Kentucky State has had back-to-back 20-plus win seasons under King-Coleman with two consecutive postseason appearances. The team had a record of 46-11 the last two seasons (2014-16).
"We are delighted to welcome Serena King-Coleman to the FSU family. She is a winner and a respected mentor of young women," said director of athletics Anthony Bennett. "Beyond her impressive competitive success, her vision for Fayetteville State women's basketball, knowledge of the game, and infectious energy left us confident Serena will lead Lady Bronco women's basketball into a perennial contender."
King-Coleman has experience and roots coaching in the CIAA. She served as head women’s basketball coach at St. Paul’s College (SPC) for six seasons (2004-10). In 2008, King-Coleman coached the first ever CIAA Women’s Player of the Year in SPC history. The Lady Tigers also received the CIAA Sportsmanship Award during the 2007-08 season under her tutelage.
King-Coleman also held the titles of senior woman administrator (SWA) and assistant athletics director her last three seasons at St. Paul’s (2007-10).
Her head coaching career began at Gardner-Webb University. She served as the interim head women’s basketball coach during the 2003-04 season. King-Coleman held the position of associate head women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at GWU before being promoted to interim head coach.
“I’m extremely grateful and excited to join the Fayetteville State family and lead the women’s basketball program,” stated King-Coleman. “This is a great opportunity for me and my family. I’m thrilled to be coaching again in the CIAA. This is a huge blessing and I’m ready to do the best job possible.”
King-Coleman succeeds Eva Patterson-Heath, who announced her retirement in November, 2015. Walter Mebane served as interim head coach for the 2015-16 season and led the Lady Broncos to a 15-13 overall record.