Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Boyle fills out Virginia coaching staff

New Virginia coach Joanne Boyle has assembled a staff with strong ties to the Commonwealth and/or region:

  - Kim Hairston, assistant: A Bassett native, Hairston starred as a player at Radford and Richmond who served as an assistant to Boyle at Richmond and Cal. Hairston has been an assistant at Georgia the past four seasons.

   - Cory McNeill, assistant - Baltimore native who, as the defensive coordinator at Georgetown, helped turn the Hoyas into one of the nation's top defensive teams over the past four seasons.

   - Katie O'Connor, assistant - A four-year starter at Virginia Tech (1995-99) who spent three years as an assistant with the Hokies. She has spent the past seven seasons as an assistant at Kansas under former Tech coach Bonnie Henrickson.

   - Sarah Holsinger, director of operations - A native or Luray, Holsinger spent two seasons as JMU's director of operations before taking a similar job for six years with Boyle at Cal.

"It was important for me to put together a talented staff that is passionate and experienced in recruiting and skill development," Boyle said. "Kim, Cory, Katie and Sarah are a group of rising stars in the profession who have helped build incredibly successful programs. They are all a great fit for the University of Virginia and I know they will work hard to drive the vision I have for the program. I'm excited and proud to bring this group together and we are looking forward to continuing to elevate the great tradition of Virginia women's basketball."

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