Newly appointed head women’s basketball coach Trina Patterson has announced that Cait Wetmore and Asia Williams have been hired as assistant coaches and Brooke Long will take on the role as Director of Basketball Operations.
“I wanted to put together a staff of coaches who are committed to excellence, energetic, and driven to succeed,” said Patterson.
Wetmore has spent two seasons as assistant coach at UNCG and has done everything from coordinating the defense to working with the guards including UNCG’s all-time leading scorer Lucy Mason (’16).
This past season Wetmore took over as recruiting coordinator and in her first year signed two McDonald’s All-American nominees in Alexus Willey and Mangela Ngandjui.
She also coordinated the team’s offense that saw a jump in production over the season prior. Under the guidance of Wetmore, the Spartans led the Southern Conference in scoring average (65.5 points per game) and offensive rebounds per game (15.5). UNCG also set a single-game record for UNCG during the Division I era when the Spartans shot 66.1 percent from the field (44-for-62) against North Carolina Central.
Wetmore came to UNCG in 2014 after serving as a graduate assistant for two years at Columbia University. She then returned to her alma mater, Aldelphi, as an assistant coach and helped the Panthers to their first Northeast-10 Conference post season appearance since joining the conference in 2009. In her final year at Adelphi she aided in guiding the Panthers to the NE-10 Conference Championship game and a regional semifinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a 23-8 record.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Adelphi and graduated with her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia in 2012.
Williams joins UNCG after spending the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at LIU-Brooklyn. She is no stranger to the SoCon as she spent two seasons on the staff at then member Appalachian State helping the Mountaineers to a 10-8 league record in their final year in the SoCon. In her second year at ASU she made the move to video coordinator.
Williams, a native of Durham, N.C., is a former North Carolina High School Gatorade Player of the Year and stand out at Wake Forest. She appeared in 109 games for the Demon Deacons and made 36 starts in the backcourt. During her senior campaign in Winston-Salem she led the team with 145 assists, the sixth highest in single-season history, while ranking fourth on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game.
Long spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Christopher Newport where she helped guide them to a 24-5 overall record and a NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2015-16. In her first season she helped CNU to a 17-win season and assisted with recruiting, film exchange and basketball operations.
Long began her coaching career at Keen State College after a standout basketball career. Long brings a plethora of knowledge after playing both Division I & II basketball and coaching at the Division III level.
The trio will begin their duties immediately. The Spartans return nine players from the 2015-16 squad and have signed five fresh faces for the upcoming season.