MURFREESBORO- The Chowan University athletic department has announced LaToya Jones as the Head Women's Basketball Coach.
Jones inherits a program that posted a program-best 20-9 overall record in 2015-16 under former Head Coach Patrick Mashuda. The Hawks made their second appearance in the CIAA Tournament semi-finals this past season while earning their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance with an at-large bid. After twelve seasons with the Chowan Blue and White as an administrator and coach, Mashuda departs on May 31st after accepting an Assistant Coach position at Kent State University.
Vice President/Director of Athletics Ozzie McFarland noted, "I am very excited for the future of our women's basketball program. LaToya is ready to be a head coach. She is a person of incredible character with a wealth of basketball knowledge. Patrick Mashuda left our program in great shape and LaToya Jones is the right person to take leadership of the program and to continue the program's upward trend".
Jones added, "I am looking forward to leading and mentoring a group of young ladies that has thrived on and off the court. I am excited about coaching a team that has been successful and has a tradition of excellence. Coaching is my platform to build relationships that equate to winning on the court and ultimately, in life. Fans can expect to see the Chowan women's basketball team play with purpose, passion, and excitement."
Jones takes the reins of the Chowan women's basketball program after serving at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Spartans before being promoted to Director of Basketball Operations for the 2015-16 season. Jones orchestrated alumni outreach, recruiting, and community service initiatives for the program in that capacity, while working primarily with post players.
Prior to her time at UNCG, Jones gained coaching experience on staff at her alma mater, Gardner-Webb University. The Runnin' Bulldogs posted a 27-36 record during her two seasons as an assistant, highlighted by a 23-11 record in 2010-11.
Jones began her coaching career at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. There, she led the Chargers to two state championship appearances including a state title in 2010.
The Atlanta, Georgia native assumes the role of Head Women's Basketball Coach on June 1st.