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Summitt completes coaching staff

May 1, 2014

 

WILL TRAHAN
Staff Reporter

 

As the a new era in Louisiana Tech women’s basketball begins, new coaches look to start to make their mark on Lady Techster basketball.

 

Head Coach Tyler Summitt announced the hiring of Bernitha Johnson and Amber Smith to his coaching staff.

 

Summitt announced that Mickie DeMoss would be his associate head coach when he was introduced as head coach and the later hirings round out his coaching staff.

 

DeMoss has been either a head coach or a coach is some facet for 35 years and was in the room when Tyler was born, according to the new Techsters head coach.

 

“People ask what can she bring to the table as an assistant and I tell them one word: everything,” Summitt said.

 

Summitt says that she will have the ultimate freedom as they try to rebuild a program that is historically great but has been down the past few years.

 

Bernitha Johnson, or “B,” was a manager at Tennessee for Pat Summitt and then was an assistant coach for nine years in New York.

 

“I have had the privilege of knowing Tyler for many years, and it is an honor to work with him towards creating a championship culture here at Louisiana Tech,” Johnson said.

 

Johnson is from Mississippi, and Summitt recalls her getting three players from her home state to come play in New York.

 

“If she can get three kids from her home state to play that far north, I am excited to see what she can do coaching in the south,” Summitt said.

 

Amber Smith recently completed a year as a graduate assistant at Tennessee where she helped in a lot of areas including recruiting.

 

“Smith will be part of the best recruiting duo in the nation and they are already been great,” Summitt said.

 

Smith played at Kentucky before taking the position as graduate assistant at Tennessee University.

 

“I am excited to be working with Coach Summitt and the rest of the staff and I am grateful to be working at a program with such great history,” Smith said.

 

Summitt said that recruiting is the lifeblood of his program, and they are going to be the most hard working and efficient staff in the nation in recruiting.

 

“I am excited about the kids we already have, the coaching staff that has been brought together and the pieces that we are going to have all coming together,” Summitt said.

 

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