Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kristin Kunzman announced the hiring of Elise Clyburn to her staff Monday. Clyburn comes to UVa-Wise after spending last season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Mobile in Mobile, Ala. Clyburn will be entering her fourth season of collegiate coaching overall this winter.
A four-year letter winner at Saint Leo University (Fla.), Clyburn was named the team’s most valuable player as a senior after being named the program’s most improved player following her junior campaign. While with the Lions, Clyburn aided the program to the most conference wins in school history as a senior. The two-time team captain also was a four-year member of the school’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Clyburn also participated in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum along with the SSC Women in Sports Forum.
“Elise brings a wealth of knowledge for the game, with a point guard mentality,” said Kunzman when asked about her new assistant. “It is very evident she is passionate about basketball and driven to help our program get to the next level.”
Clyburn has been involved in all facets of collegiate coaching during her career. Prior to her time at the University of Mobile she spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Shorter University (Ga.) and in both capacities she was involved in on court instruction during practices and games while also creating and presenting scouting reports for upcoming opponents. In her role as recruiting coordinator, Clyburn developed recruiting strategies that helped her institution become more appealing to prospective student-athletes.
The new coach has also overseen academic progress of student-athletes. During her career, Clyburn has oversaw study hall while assisting incoming student-athletes with class schedules along with school and NCAA Clearinghouse procedures.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to join the UVa-Wise family and working with Coach Kunzman,” stated Clyburn. “I am grateful for the opportunity that Coach Kunzman has given me and I am looking forward to meeting the team and the community.”
Also involved with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Clyburn was a WBCA Roundtable Presenter during the association’s convention earlier this year.
The coach obtained a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Saint Leo University before later adding a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Shorter University.Assistant Clyburn DII