Montgomery Named Kennesaw State Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach

Kennesaw State women’s basketball head coach Agnus Berenato announced today the addition of Lanay Montgomery to the Owls’ coaching staff.

A highly decorated center at West Virginia, Montgomery comes to Kennesaw State after spending one year playing professional basketball with the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.

“I am very excited to have Lanay Montgomery on my staff at KSU. Lanay adds a new twist for us, as she contributed to two Big 12 Conference Championships and is a dominate center,” Berenato said. “She is a post player that can run the floor, score in transition and defend the paint. Lanay gained tremendous experience while at West Virginia under Coach Mike Carey. To me, Coach Carey is one of the premier post coaches in the country and Lanay now becomes his protégé. On and off the court Lanay’s experience will help our student athletes reach peak performance.”

Berenato continued, “We are building our women’s basketball program and having another WNBA player (joining Sherill Baker) on staff allows our ladies to strive for the best the game has to offer. I have coached against Lanay and I know how she commands the paint, plays with her back to the basket and defends inside out. I am thrilled to have Lanay on the court every day to teach my ladies post skills. Off the court, Lanay has been involved in every aspect of her University, community and the WNBA, therefore making her the natural leader that earned her selection as captain twice while at West Virginia.”

Prior to her time with the Storm, Montgomery finished as one of the all-time greats at West Virginia, becoming one of only two Mountaineers with two Big 12 Conference Championships. She finished her career with 937 rebounds (7.1 per game), 855 points (6.5/game), 330 blocks (2.5/game), 71 steals and 49 assists.

Montgomery set the program’s career field goal percentage record, finishing with a 59.6 percent clip – shooting 355-of-596 for her career. She also finished second in the West Virginia annals for blocks, ranking fourth all-time in the Big 12. Her rebound total and offensive rebound total (325) also places her fourth all-time at WVU, while her rebounding average ranks sixth all-time and her 20 career double-doubles ranks seventh.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this special KSU family,” Montgomery said. “Coach B is not only a great coach, but a quality person. I’m excited to start my coaching career under one of the legendary leaders in women’s basketball; where I will be able to soak up exclusive knowledge and skills. Working under Coach B is even more special to me because of the person she is. I love how she is all about women empowerment, building character and leadership off the court.”

Montgomery continued, “These are some of the traits that I’m also very passionate about. I’m thrilled to work with this great group of players, while sharing my knowledge for the game and life experiences with them. I’d like to thank my college coach, Mike Carey at West Virginia University, for presenting me with this opportunity and Coach B for turning it into reality.”

Her accolades include being named a two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection, an all-Big 12 honorable mention and a first-team academic all-Big 12 selection. She also was nominated to the Allstate Good Works Team and a Senior CLASS Award candidate due to her outstanding service during West Virginia flood relief efforts, helping with flood recovery and the removal of debris and personal items from families’ damaged homes.

Montgomery graduated from West Virginia in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in psychology. She is currently working toward her graduate degree in communications at West Virginia.

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