Release: June 26, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Denique Graves named assistant women's basketball coach, Johnson
elevated to recruiting coordinator
N.Y. -- The Binghamton women's basketball team has announced
the hiring of Denique Graves as an assistant coach. Also,
fourth-year assistant coach Bernitha Johnson will take
over as the recruiting coordinator, a position first-year head
coach Nicole Scholl held until her promotion in April.
Graves is a
three-year veteran of the WNBA and has seven years of international
playing experience. She was drafted 15th overall in the 1997
NBA Draft by the Sacramento Monarchs and played for two seasons.
In 2001, she signed as a free agent with the Orlando Miracle.
Around the globe, Graves played in Brazil (1997), Greece (1998),
Turkey (1999) and Bulgaria (2001). In addition, she was both
a professional player and a coach in Sweden (2000), Switzerland
(2002), Austria (2003-04) and China (2004).
"I am very excited for Denique to join our coaching staff
here at Binghamton," Scholl said. "She brings a wealth
of playing experience and will be instrumental in the development
of our post players. Her ties to the east coast and internationally
will also benefit our program. Denique and I have the same philosophy
when it comes to teaching and providing a positive experience
for the young women in our program."
A 2008 graduate of Howard University, Graves starred for the
Bison from 1993-97 before launching her professional career.
She was a three-year All-MEAC selection and was the first player
from a historically black college or university to be drafted
by the WNBA.
Since 2004, Graves has been a coach at seven different basketball
camps. Most recently, she was the Girls Basketball Director and
Coach for the Headfirst Camp in Washington D.C.
Binghamton University--Denique Graves named assistant women's
basketball coach. Bernitha Johnson elevated to recruiting coordinator.