Assistant coaches Tia Jackson and Chelsea Newton have resigned their positions with the Rutgers women’s basketball program it was announced today by head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
Jackson will be joining the Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball staff, while Newton will become a part of the women’s basketball program at the University of Georgia.
“While the news is indeed difficult to announce, I am excited for the new journeys in both Tia and Chelsea’s careers,” said Stringer. “I’ve known both of them since they were 17 years old and they have both set the standard as a student-athlete and as a coach. They are going on to other great things because people recognize their talents and skills. While the news is tough, I want to celebrate the fact that I was fortunate to have them as long as I did. I look at our current student-athletes and they are a reflection of the hard work and dedication these assistant coaches have put in over the years. I’m going to miss them tremendously and the programs they are going to will be fortunate to have them.”
“Although one of the most difficult decisions in my life, it has been an incredible experience here at Rutgers working with this group of ladies -both players and staff,” said Jackson who played for Stringer at Iowa and spent four seasons “On The Banks” as a member of the staff. “To be able to give back to one of my greatest mentors both as a player and a coach will always remain rewarding in my heart. As I start this new venture in my life, I remain vested from afar and will never lose my love for Coach Stringer and the Scarlet Knights family.”
“I am so grateful for the opportunity Coach Stringer gave me. She sat me in her office when I was in the WNBA and told me I should really think about my future in coaching and that if she had the opportunity, she would definitely hire me and she held true to that,” said Newton, who wrapped up her fifth season as an assistant after playing for the Scarlet Knights from 2001-05. “I have nothing but gratitude, love and admiration for everything she’s done at Rutgers, Iowa and Cheyney. She has been a pillar of success and she is every coach’s mentor on how to put together a family and be a great coach.”
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