Stockton University has chosen Devin Jefferson to be its next head women’s basketball coach. Jefferson brings 10 years of college coaching experience to Stockton, where she will succeed Joe Fussner, who retired after 26 seasons on the Osprey bench. Jefferson becomes the seventh coach in the 47-year history of the Stockton women’s basketball program.
“I am honored to be the next women’s basketball coach at Stockton University. I would like to thank Stockton athletic director Kevin McHugh for this opportunity,” Jefferson said. “The program is in an exciting place and I look forward to meeting my team and getting to know all of them.”
Jefferson spent the last five years as the associate head coach at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to her on-court coaching role, Jefferson served as FDU’s recruiting coordinator and was heavily involved in preparing scouting reports and managing the program’s budget. “I am grateful for the opportunity Pete Cinella and Fairleigh Dickinson provided me. My experience there has helped me prepare for this moment,” Jefferson added.
Jefferson helped the Knights record 47 victories during her tenure at Fairleigh Dickinson, including 15 last year for the program’s highest win total since the 1992-93 campaign. She coached players who earned seven Northeast Conference All-Conference honors, including three-time NEC First Team and 2014-15 NEC Defensive Player of the Year Erika Livermore.
Prior to joining the FDU staff, Jefferson served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Vermont for three years from 2010-13. During her tenure, she coached players who earned two America East All-Conference and two America East All-Rookie honors and helped the Catamounts reached the semifinals of the America East tournament in 2013.
Jefferson’s college coaching career began at Bloomfield College, where she was an assistant coach from 2008-10. She also has experience from a stint as the head coach at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School from 2004-06, leading her squad to a 24-5 record and the Union County championship in the 2004-05 season.
A native of Orange, Jefferson’s collegiate playing career began at Mitchell College (CT), where was an NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention and NJCAA All-New England selection. She then transferred to Seton Hall and played three seasons. Jefferson earned Big East All-Academic Team honors twice and received the Pirates’ Most Improved Player award and Richie Regan Leadership Award once each.
Jefferson earned two degrees from Seton Hall, a Bachelor of Arts in 2001 and Masters in Public Administration in 2003. She attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2014 and NCAA Achieving Coaches Excellence program in 2016.DIII Head Coach