Presbyterian College women’s basketball coach Alaura Sharp announced the hiring of Sta’Nisha Hersey as assistant coach on Tuesday.
Hersey comes to PC after one season as head coach at Otero Junior College where she improved the team’s record by six wins, finishing at 16-13, and led the Rattlers to a spot in the Region IX Tournament. Otero garnered two All-Region players in Alessia Capley (All-Tournament) and Grace O’Neill (All Region and All Region Defensive Teams) as well as a pair of NJCAA Academic All-Americans with McClain Walker and Laura Prado-Morales. Under her guidance, all five sophomores graduated in May with academic honors.
"I am thrilled to welcome Sta’Nisha and her family to our program,” Coach Sharp said. “We have known each other for a long time and I have always had so much respect for her knowledge of the game, ability to develop relationships, and her work ethic. She did a great job in her role as the head coach at Otero and we are looking forward to having her experience on our staff. She is a woman of high character and will be a tremendous role model for our players. It is exciting for me to hire a former player who knows the expectations of our program and will work diligently to impact PC.”
Hersey previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Dodge City Community College (2015-18) after being a grad assistant at Southern Mississippi (2013-15) and assistant coach at Fort Scott Community College (2012-13).
“I am extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Blue Hose family," Hersey said. "I am glad to be working with Coach Sharp again and I can’t wait to learn and grow under her leadership. I look forward to getting started."
The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics has recommended that all three divisions of the NCAA governance structure add acrobatics and tumbling as well as women’s wrestling to the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. If adopted, the sports would join the program August 1, 2020.
“This is a huge opportunity for both acrobatics and tumbling as well as women’s wrestling as the future of these sports will increase opportunities for many young female athletes,” commented interim athletics director Dee Nichols. “We are excited to see the advancement and growth of both of these programs.”
The committee identifies sports to be added to the Emerging Sports for Women program, which is a pipeline supporting the advancement of women’s sports to NCAA championship status. The program also provides athletics opportunities for women and sport-sponsorship options for colleges and universities. Schools also may use an emerging sport to help meet membership minimum sports-sponsorship requirements and financial aid requirements.
A sport must have a minimum of 20 varsity teams and/or competitive club teams that have competed in a minimum of five contests to be considered for the emerging sports program. The sport must reach 40 varsity programs to move forward to the NCAA governance structure for championship consideration.
“This is a huge milestone for our sport as it has been 10 years in the making,” said Acrobatics and Tumbling Coach Amber King. “This is a huge step forward for all the administrators, coaches and student athletes who have laid the groundwork and continue to invest in this sport. It’s exciting that within a year of PC adding this new program we have reached the NCAA status as well as so much history is happening within our sport and program at Presbyterian. We are thrilled to keep marching forward and creating opportunities for young women here at PC.”
The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association currently has 29 NCAA colleges and universities sponsoring the sport, which is a discipline of gymnastics involving tumbling, tosses, acrobatic lifts and pyramids.