Warner head women’s basketball coach Nikki Jessee has named Maria Reinhard and Chelsea Williams as assistant coaches. Reinhard joins the Royals after a successful playing career at Greenville University in Illinois, and Williams joins the Royals after previously serving as an assistant coach at University of Virginia-Wise.
“Maria and Chelsea were both highly successful players at the collegiate level,” said Jessee. “I wanted to make sure we hired people who understand what it takes to win at this level, and how we will go about changing the culture here first. Both ladies are strong Christians who will be great role models and mentors for our team this upcoming season. I’m excited to welcome them both to our program.”
As a 5-6 guard, Reinhard played for 3 seasons at NCAA DIII Greenville University in Illinois where she graduated as a 40% career 3-point shooter. She averaged 10.9 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game her senior year while shooting 48% from the 3-point line, 47% from the field, and 79% from the free-throw line. She started all 30 games her senior year.
At Greenville High School, she scored over 1000 points while earning All-Conference honors three times, as well as Honorable Mention All-State two times.
“Anyone who knows me, knows I like shooters. I’m excited Maria will be on our staff, and look forward to her working with our guards/forwards on shooting. Anyone who shoots over 40% from the 3-point line for their playing career, knows about shooting at this level,” said Coach Jessee.
While at UVA-Wise, Williams oversaw the program’s recruiting, social media accounts, academic development, community outreach, as well as the development of the post players.
Williams was a standout player at NCAA DII Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida. She finished her career with over 1000 points and 600 rebounds, while being named a 2ndTeam All-Conference selection, and an All-Freshman team member. She aided the Lions to 20 wins as a senior in 2014, and a birth into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
The 6-0 post averaged 13.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 57% from the field and 71% from the free-throw line.
At Suncoast High School, she averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game while being named 1stTeam All-Area and Most Outstanding Player in the North/South All-Star game.
“I had the privilege of coaching Chelsea at Saint Leo University, and so I’m thrilled to be teaming up with her again at Warner. She has a huge heart and believes in developing young women on and off the court. She was a dominant post player, and will be a great addition working with our post players at Warner,” said Coach Jessee.NAIA The Sun Conference