Monday, August 22, 2011

Zips Welcome New Staff Members!!!

Head Coach Jodi Kest has announced the hiring of assistant coach Ashley Armstrong and graduate assistant Tyler Tully to the women's basketball staff. Armstrong joins the Zips after spending last season as the director of women's basketball operations at Rice University, while Tully previously served as the video coordinator for the Rutgers women's basketball program.

"We are very excited to have Ashley as part of our Akron basketball family," said Coach Kest. "She will bring instant enthusiasm, passion and a winning attitude to our program. Ashley has been a part of successful programs in high school and college, and we believe that success will carry over to our program." Her major responsibilities for the Zips will be equipment and scheduling, assisting with recruiting and scouting, and working with the guards.

"I am really looking forward to joining a program that is on the upswing," said Armstrong. "Coach Kest has brought her successful ways to Akron and has already done so much to bring Akron women's basketball to the top. I am thrilled to be a part of a program and team that will work its way to the top and find a way to stay there. It is especially rewarding to be able to return to my home state, particularly northeast Ohio. This should prove to be nothing short of an exciting and winning season."

Joining the staff as a graduate assistant, Tully hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. As the video coordinator at Rutgers, Tully was responsible for all of the team's video needs, including opponent and self scouting, film exchange and assisting the office in day-to-day internal operations.

"We are very lucky to have Tyler on our staff," said Kest. "He is very experienced, and his knowledge of video production will be a great asset to our team."

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