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May 18, 2013

Reaves rejoins Carey as an assistant coach

MORGANTOWN — Mike Carey has run through a lot of assistant basketball coaches during his time at West Virginia University, so it comes as no surprise that he has started repeating assistants.

Carey announced on Friday that Sharrona Reaves has returned as an assistant on his West Virginia staff.

Familiar with the Mountaineer traditions, Reaves returns to the women’s staff after serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Carey from 2003-06.

In her previous three seasons with the Mountaineer program, Reaves helped recruit two top-20 recruiting classes, including the signing of Mountaineer standout Olayinka Sanni, who went on to win a WNBA title with the Detroit Shock.

She helped WVU to the Big East Conference Tournament final in 2006, assisted in the WNIT final in 2005 and was part of back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2004 and 2005. In addition to 21 wins in 2004, the Mountaineers advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 1992 season.

“We’re excited to have Sharrona back with the Mountaineer family,” Carey said in a release. “Our program experienced a lot of success the first time Sharrona was a part of our staff, and I have no doubt she will bring knowledge and experience she has gained since back to the program.”

“I want to thank coach Carey, Oliver Luck and Terri Howes for the opportunity to help with the women’s basketball program at WVU,” Reaves said. “I’m really excited about coming back. I’ve worked for coach Carey before, and I think the opportunity to work with West Virginia in the Big 12 Conference is exciting, since I last worked with them in the Big East. I’m excited about the future of women’s basketball at West Virginia University.”

After leaving Morgantown in 2006, Reaves became the head coach at NCAA Division II’s C.W. Post. Under her guidance, C.W. Post had two consecutive winning seasons in 2007 and 2008, giving the Pioneers their first back-to-back winning seasons in 14 years. In her first season at C.W. Post, Reaves led her team to the East Coast Conference championship game, losing by one point to defending conference champions, New Haven. In 2008, she led the squad to a third-place finish in the East Coast Conference.

From 2008-10, Reaves was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on the Mississippi State women’s basketball staff, helping guide the 2009 Lady Bulldogs to the NCAA second round and the 2010 squad to their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.

Following her time with Mississippi State, Reaves left coaching to serve a short stint as the compliance coordinator at Alabama State University. Reaves returned to the coaching ranks as she took the head coaching position at the College of Central Florida for the 2012-13 season.

Reaves began her coaching journey in 1995 as she served three seasons at Troy University as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In her second season with the program, Reaves helped the Trojans claim the 1997 Mid Continent Conference championship, which was the first in school history. In that same season, the Trojans posted a 23-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. She then served as an assistant coach and recruiter at California-Berkeley in 1998.

Prior to her first stint at WVU, Reaves spent a season coaching seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ basketball at University School of Nashville and worked in the business sector.

A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Reaves, the former Sharrona Alexander, was a forward at Alabama and helped guide the Crimson Tide to two NCAA Tournament appearances — the 1992-93 Sweet 16 and the 1993-94 Final Four. She was a Tide captain as a senior.

Reaves graduated from Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Fla., with an associate’s degree in English in 1992, prior to earning a bachelor’s of communication degree in 1995 from Alabama.

Reaves has two children, Kenden and Kimora.

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