Kemp announces the hiring of two new assistants; Blocker promoted to recruiting coordinator
Wednesday, September 3, 2008

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 3, 2008) - ETSU women's basketball head coach Karen Kemp announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches and promoted DeShawne Blocker to recruiting coordinator Wednesday afternoon.


Both Josh Wick and Kelvin Long join Kemp's staff as full-time assistant coaches; while Blocker enters her third season with the Lady Bucs and first as the club's recruiting coordinator.


"My entire coaching staff is very energetic and eager for the season to begin," commented Kemp. "Their youth is a big plus, because they are all hungry to continue learning and having our program reach higher levels."


Blocker, who enters her third year on coach Kemp's staff, will take over the reigns of recruiting coordinator as well as continue her focus on the post play. The all-time Lady Buccaneer standout has made huge strides since arriving in 2006, as ETSU reached post-season play in the previous two seasons. Part of the reason for the great success deals with Blocker's tremendous job with her post players. Blocker helped coach Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) to back-to-back Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team accolades; including All-Tournament MVP honors last season. In addition to Belcher, Blocker guided Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) to All-Atlantic Sun honors the past two seasons, and Devin Thompson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) to the All-Freshman Team in 2007. During her four-year Lady Buc career, Blocker was an outstanding scorer and rebounder, and now those traits are rubbing off on the current players. Last season, ETSU set new single-season records in points scored (2,478) and rebounds (1,360), both of which were previously held by teams Blocker played on.


"DeShawne has been a huge asset to my staff over the previous two seasons," commented Kemp. "I had the honor to coach her in 1994-95. She was a big part of our success then, and now she been an important piece to our success now."


Wick, who spent the 2007-08 season coaching at UNLV, takes over the scouting, strength and conditioning and academic liaison duties. On the court, Wick will spend most of his time working with the guards and perimeter players. During his time with the Lady Rebels, Wick coached one of the best players to ever wear a Lady Rebel uniform - Sequoia Holmes - who led the Mountain West Conference in scoring and became the third UNLV player to reach the WNBA. Prior to his time in Las Vegas, Wick enjoyed a four-year stint at the University of North Carolina where he gained valuable experiences under head coach Sylvia Hatchell. Wick also enjoyed being apart of the UNC success when they went on to win three ACC Championships and made back-to-back Final Four appearances.

"Josh was one of our top candidates from our search a year ago, and I am delighted he is now apart of our Lady Buccaneer family," said Kemp. "He brings a lot of energy and experiences to our staff, and he will help continue to build on the program's success."


Long is a familiar face to the ETSU women's basketball squad, as he was the Lady Bucs' graduate manager a year ago. The Knoxville, Tenn. native helped coach the guards last year and also worked with film exchange. Long received his Master's in Sport Management last December and spent the previous three summers before arriving at ETSU as an AAU summer coach. His new duties will include assisting with recruiting, travel coordinator, and working with the guards in practice.


"Kelvin is really excited to join our staff as a full-time assistant," mentioned Kemp. "He did an excellent job as a graduate manager for us last season and he has already done an outstanding job since being an assistant with recruiting."


The Lady Bucs open their 2008-09 regular season on the road when they travel to Evansville on Saturday, Nov. 15.


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