Coker names Kearse assistant women’s basketball coach
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Jasmine Kearse has been named the new assistant women’s basketball coach at Coker University, announced today (Monday, Nov. 9) by head coach Melissa DeVore. Kearse comes to Hartsville after one season as a graduate assistant at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga. While assisting with all facets of the program, she also organized the program’s community service. “I am so excited to bring Jasmine Kearse on board,” said DeVore. “I have known Jasmine since she was a high school athlete and have watched her grow and develop both on and off the court. Her background having played in the region, played professionally overseas, and her experiences and drive for individual skill development will allow her to have an immediate impact. She will bring a special passion, loyalty, and energy to Coker women’s basketball and I’m excited to have her join me on this journey.” Kearse spent the previous six months as a volunteer assistant coach at Flagler University, where she assisted with all facets of the program. She also played one year of professional basketball in Europe with KB Penza. Kearse played collegiately at fellow South Atlantic Conference institution Limestone University, where she was a four-year member of the Saints women’s basketball program. She was a part of two NCAA Elite Eight appearances and one Final Four appearance, while also helping the Saints to Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament championships in 2015. As a senior, she was a D2 CCA First Team All-Region selection, a Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Team selection, Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection. She was also a five-time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week. As a junior, she was the 2015-16 Division II statistical champion for three-pointers per game, while being selected as an All-American by the WBCA and a First Team All-American by the D2 CCA. She was also the D2 CCA Southeast Region Player of the Year and a First Team All-Region selection. She was named both the Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Team Most Valuable Player, while also being named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection.