Former Assistant Head Coach Joanna Tincher has been elevated to the role of Interim Head Coach as the 2018-19 season approaches.
“I’m thankful to [Director of Athletics] Ralph Patterson and [Newberry College president] Dr. [Maurice] Scherrens for supporting me as I transition into this new role,” Tincher stated. “I’m also thankful to [former head coach] Sean Page for letting me get experience in so many areas and going out of his way to make sure I got this opportunity. [Head men’s coach] Dave Davis has been a tremendous support to me and we’ve had a great working relationship for the last five years.
“The team has been very supportive of the transition and with the energy and effort they’ve been bringing it makes me even more excited to take on the challenge of the season with them.”
“Joanna deserves the opportunity to lead the team this season,” Patterson added. “She has been part of our women’s basketball team’s winning culture, and we hope for a terrific season under her guidance.”
Tincher has been with the Wolves for five seasons and was elevated to Assistant Head Coach prior to the 2017-18 campaign. She has been responsible for coaching post players, including Newberry’s all-time leading scorer in Haylee Lepaio and three-time all-conference selection Meg Essex. She coordinated the Wolves’ recruiting efforts and ran all pre- and postseason workouts.
She was on staff for Newberry’s run to the 2015 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship that included a thrilling SAC Tournament championship game win over Anderson. The 2014-15 season marked Tincher’s second time reaching the NCAA tournament after advancing to the Sweet 16 as a freshman at Francis Marion in the 2001 edition.
“Since joining his staff, Coach Page entrusted me with all facets of his program’s organization and development. That faith provided the team with a smooth transition following his departure,” Tincher said.
Tincher has previous Division II head coaching experience, spending four years leading the Converse program. She also played for Italian club Nuoro Lokomotiv for a season, helping the team to a national runner-up finish and coaching the organization’s U15 and U18 teams. She began her coaching career with three seasons on staff at Alabama-Huntsville following her graduation from Francis Marion in 2004. She also spent one season as Associate Head Coach at Wofford.
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