Milton-Jones Completes ODU Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Head coach of the Old Dominion University women’s basketball team DeLisha Milton-Jones announced today the hiring of three new individuals – Danielle Bell, Corey Green and Shammond Williams – to her coaching staff as well as the elevation of Roland Jones Jr. to an assistant coaching role.
“I’m very excited about the additions to my staff this year, and I look for all of them to bring specific attributes to assist me in taking this program to new heights,” Milton-Jones said. “Shammond Williams and Roland Jones Jr. will bring vast knowledge that will aid us in being able to adjust to every situation possible within a game. Their experiences as professionals are an added trait that complements my knowledge and experience very well. Their ability to develop players for the next level fits well within the vision I have for our program, and both will play intricate roles for us with recruiting as well. Danielle Bell will be a welcome addition as the recruiting coordinator. She’s a native of Virginia Beach and a product of the legendary Boo Williams. Her connections and intellect will allow us to recruit strong locally and regionally. Corey Green will bring an energizing passion within the ops position for our program. His experience, organizational skills and ability to wear many hats will be a welcome addition.”
Danielle Bell
A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bell spent the previous three seasons at Gardner-Webb as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and will continue to hold those positions at ODU.
Bell helped coach Gardner-Webb to three-consecutive winning seasons in Big South play. In 2019-20 the Runnin’ Bulldogs posted an 18-11 overall record, including a 13-7 conference mark. Bell played an instrumental part in the recruiting efforts of the program while also coaching Carley Plentovich and Jhessyka Williams to All-Big South Conference honors.
Prior to Gardner-Webb, Bell was on staff at Norfolk State for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Bell joined a team coming off a three-win season, and in her first year the Spartans finished .500. The following year, Norfolk State posted an 18-11 record, the program’s first winning season in 16 years.
Before joining Norfolk State, Bell served as the director of operations at Richmond, her alma mater. In that capacity, she oversaw managers and practice players, team uniforms and equipment and co-directed summer camps. Bell also served as director of operations at Auburn during the 2012-13 season.
Her coaching career began at Georgia, where Bell served as a graduate assistant for two seasons. With Bell on staff, the Bulldogs made consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and reached the Sweet 16 in 2011.
Bell was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Richmond, playing from 2006-10. She helped lead Richmond to back-to-back 20-win seasons and a pair of postseason appearances.
A local product, Bell played at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Richmond in 2010 and a master’s degrees in adult education and sports management from Georgia in 2012.
Corey Green
Green will serve as Milton-Jones’ director of basketball operations. A former student manager and office assistant and eventual interim video coordinator for the Monarchs, he is no stranger to ODU women’s basketball.
Before returning to Old Dominion, Green was on staff at Memphis for three seasons. He served as the women’s basketball video coordinator during the 2018-19 season before being named the program’s director of operations in September 2019. As video coordinator, Green was responsible for film exchange and video scouting reports. His responsibilities as director of operations included team-related compliance, travel and meals.
Green came to Memphis following a two-year stint at Detroit, where he was a graduate assistant with women’s basketball. While with the Titans, Green assisted in all aspects of the program from recruiting and scouting to individual workouts with all position groups. His first year with the program saw the Titans win 18 games and reach the finals of the Horizon League Tournament.
Green served in a variety of roles during his first stint with the Monarchs. He began working with the program prior to the 2013-14 season as a student manager and office assistant. He helped run basketball camps and clinics, assisted in travel coordination and worked with the program’s post players. He served as the interim video coordinator for the 2015-16 season.
Green graduated from Old Dominion in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management.
Roland Jones Jr.
Jones Jr. is in his second season with the Monarchs, having been the director of basketball operations during the 2020-21 season.
Last season, Jones Jr. oversaw the operations of a Monarchs squad that went 13-11 overall and reached the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament as the No. 6 seed. ODU was 7-2 in its final nine games of the season, and scored a road upset over eventual C-USA Tournament champions Middle Tennessee.
A veteran in the game of basketball, Jones Jr. came to ODU following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Etiwanda High School in California. In his two seasons at Etiwanda, the program won a combined 53 games and was ranked top-25 nationally. Jones Jr. was also on staff with Milton-Jones at Pepperdine during the 2017-18 season. His recruiting efforts helped pave the way to a 22-win season in 2018-19, the program’s most wins since 2002.
Jones Jr. also boasts head coaching experience with the Nationwide All Stars. He helped lead his teams to runner-up and third-place finishes at the Summer Pro League And1 International Championships in Dubai. In 2013, he was tabbed the summer league’s coach of the year.
Jones Jr. played professionally in nine different countries and was a junior college honorable mention All-American at Cochise and an all-conference first teamer as a senior at Central Methodist. He averaged 22.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game with CMC.
Shammond Williams
Williams, a standout performer at North Carolina with over a decade of professional playing experience, will serve as an assistant coach. Williams has previously served as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball programs at Furman, Tulane and Western Kentucky.
Williams most recently served on staff at Western Kentucky during the 2016-17 season. That year, the Hilltoppers won 15 games and finished 9-9 in Conference USA.
Prior to that, Williams was a men’s basketball assistant at Tulane for three seasons. In 2013-14, Williams’ first year with the Green Wave, Tulane won 17 games and appeared in the CBI Tournament. The following season, Tulane won 15 games as a first-year member of the American Athletic Conference.
Williams broke into the collegiate coaching ranks with Furman during the 2012-13 season. Additionally, he has served as a counselor at the Nike Elite Youth Skill Academies.
The native of Greeneville, South Carolina enjoyed a 13-year professional playing career both in the NBA and abroad. He was selected in the second round by the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Draft and played in 325 games for seven different NBA franchises (Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic).
Williams also played in Europe for seven seasons and helped FC Barcelona to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2006. Additionally, Williams led Pamesa Valencia to consecutive ULEB EuroCup Elite 8 appearances in 2008 and 2009 and guided Montepaschi Siena to a 2010 Italian Championship.
Williams is a naturalized citizen of the Republic of Georgia and has represented Georgia on the international stage. He was honored as the most valuable player of the 2005 Euro Challenge All-Star Game.
A four-year letterwinner at North Carolina, Williams played under legendary coaches Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge. With the Tar Heels, Williams made three Final Fours in 1995, 1997 and 1998. As a senior, Williams averaged 16.8 points and 4.2 assists while helping UNC to a 34-4 mark. He posted career averages of 10.7 points and 3.0 assists per game over his collegiate career. He left the program owning records for single-season free throw percentage (.911) and 3-pointers (95) and career records for made treys (233) and free throw accuracy (.849).
He was a prep standout at Southside High School in Greenville and won the 1992 AA state title. In 1993, the Tigers won the Upper State championship and finished as runners-up at the state tournament. Williams also spent one year at Fork Union Military Academy.