Boyd Returns to Longwood Women’s Basketball as Assistant Coach

Former Longwood women’s basketball volunteer assistant coach Ivana Boyd has been hired as an assistant coach for the program, head coach Erika Lang-Montgomery announced Tuesday.

Boyd, who spent the 2022-23 season on staff, returns after she was an assistant at Jacksonville last season. Boyd helped the Dolphins to an 11-20 record as they advanced to the Atlantic Sun Conference quarterfinals. 

Prior to her first season in Farmville, in which the Lancers finished 9-21 and earned a first-round bye in the Big South Conference championship, Boyd was an assistant coach at the Paxson School for Advanced Studies in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., from July 2020-May 2021.

Boyd played the 2018-19 season under Lang-Montgomery at Division II Flagler in St Augustine Fla., averaging five points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 29 games and 21 starts for a team that went 21-8 overall and 17-5 in the Sunshine State Conference. 

“I’m excited to have Ivana return to our staff as an assistant coach,” Lang-Montgomery said.  “Having coached her at Flagler, I was able to see firsthand the impact she can make in a program. I’ve been impressed watching her grow into her own as a coach in this profession. She is a great communicator and has a passion for teaching the game. Our players will benefit from her tutelage.”

“I want to thank coach Special Jennings and the staff at Jacksonville University for the opportunity to join a first-year coaching staff and to learn and grow together over the past year,” Boyd said. “After careful reflection and consideration, I am deeply honored and excited to return to the school that ignited my love for coaching, Longwood University, this time as an assistant coach. 

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to coach Erica, who has helped shape me into the person and coach I am today, and for entrusting me with this opportunity. I am eager to contribute to the success of the Lancers and to work with such a dedicated group of student-athletes and staff.”

A Palatka, Fla., native, Boyd also spent two seasons at Santa Fe College prior to beginning her collegiate career at Lamar of the Southland Conference in 2016-17.

“I want to give all glory and thanks to God for this incredible opportunity,” Boyd continued. “His guidance and blessings have been instrumental in my journey, helping me navigate through every step and difficult decision along the way. Without His blessings and constant support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Boyd is a 2020 Flagler graduate, earning a degree in business administration.

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