DSU Announces Women’s Basketball Staff Additions

Delaware State first-year women’s basketball head coach David Caputo has announced the hiring of Samera Marsh, Brittany Christian and Brittany Brown as assistant coaches.

Marsh most recently served as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Long Island University of the Division I Northeast Conference from 2016-to-2018.

In her first season with the Blackbirds, Marsh recruited the No. 47 ranked high school player in the country, according to Next Sports Phenom Top 100; and an ESPN three-star and Hooptown GTA Fab 48 selection.

During her tenure, Long Island recorded its first Northeast Conference Tournament win since the 2009-10 season.

During the 2015-16 campaign, Marsh was an assistant coach at Division I Manhattan College of the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

While at Manhattan, she landed a Top 100 recruit (according to ESPN.com) and the team featured the MAAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. In addition, she helped lead the Jaspers to the fourth-best year-to-year win improvement (+ 12) among all NCAA Division I programs that season.

From 2010-to-2015, Marsh was an assistant coach at Monroe College, a powerhouse junior college program in New Rochelle, N.Y.

She helped lead the team to national Division II junior college championships in 2011 and ’12 and four district championships from 2012-to-2015.

In addition, the school produced two national championship MVPs, four All-Americas, four Region XV Players-of-the-Year, three NJCAA Top 40 All-Stars and an Academic All-America honoree during her tenure.

Monroe held the top spot in the national junior college poll in 2012 and 2013. Fourteen of its players signed with NCAA Div. I programs and 35 overall at four-year schools while Marsh was on the coaching staff.

Marsh began her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater, St. Peter’s University in New Jersey, from 2008-to-2010. While there, she recruited the No. 10 ESPN Elite 25 High School Girls Basketball player and an All-Ohio Division II First Team selection to the school.

A native of Bronx, N.Y., Marsh earned a B.A. in Communication from St. Peter’s in 2008.

“I recruited a number of Samera’s players when she was junior college coach,” said Caputo. “Her knowledge and passion, along with her contributions to successful programs stood out to me. “She’s been on my short list of assistants if I ever landed a Division I head coach job, and I did not hesitate to make her an offer to join me at Delaware State.”

Christian joins the Delaware State women’s basketball staff after a year as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Northwest Kansas Technical College, a National Junior College Athletic Association school.

She led the team to a 20-11 overall record and Top 25 national rankings in multiple statistical categories during the 2017-18 season.

The previous season, Christian was an assistant coach at Northwest Kansas. She was named 2016-17 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Junior College National Assistant Coach-of-the-Year and a WBCA Under 30 honoree after helping lead the team to its best season ever with a 28-2 overall record.

Her prized recruit at Northwest Kansas, Tran Brown, holds the school’s single-season points record and was among the nation’s top scorers.

Christian also recruited the school’s career scoring and rebounding leader, Juliet James.

From 2013 to 2015, Christian was an assistant coach at Cheyney University and was an assistant coach, then interim head coach at Frostburg State (Md.) University in 2012 and ‘13.

She started her coaching career as an assistant at St. Paul’s College in Virginia and later served as a Graduate Assistant Coach/Assistant to the Athletic Director at Virginia State University.

A four-year basketball letterwinner at St. Paul’s, Christian earned a bachelor’s in Biology from the school  in 2009 and a master’s in Sports Management from Virginia State in 2012.

“I’ve known Brittany since her time as a junior college coach, and recognized the talent that earned her National Junior College Assistant Coach-of-the-Year,” said Caputo. “She’s extremely dedicated and organized, in addition to being well connected in Delaware State’s prime recruiting areas of Baltimore, Washington and the surrounding regions.”

Prior to joining the Delaware State women’s basketball staff, Brittany Brown was head coach at Community College of Rhode Island since 2013. Before accepting the head coach job, she was an assistant coach with the team.

During her tenure with the program, Community College of Rhode Island captured three regional championships (2010-2013), a district title (2012-13) and produced its first Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America.

As a collegian, Brown helped lead Florida Gulf Coast University to an Atlantic Sun Conference championship, two Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearances and a 50-12 overall record from 2008-2010. She was an All-Jay Hawk Conference and All-Region selection at Labette Community College (Kan.) before enrolling at Florida Gulf Coast.

Brown competed for the semi-pro Flint (Mich.) Monarchs following her collegiate career.

She holds a bachelor’s in Communication Arts from Florida Gulf Coast.

“I recruited Brittany Brown when she was a junior college star and has followed her playing and coaching career,” Caputo said. “In addition to being an outstanding player at highly successful Florida Gulf Coast University, she did an outstanding job as a young head coach.”

Caputo added, “I’m extremely fortunate to convince these talented young coaches to join me at DSU. Each is a seasoned coach with impressive accomplishments, yet young enough to relate to today’s players.”


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