May 17, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico announced Thursday (May 17) the completion of her first coaching staff with the hiring of assistants Joy McCorvey, Melanie Moore and Chester Nichols as well as director of basketball operations Amy Mulligan.
"Michigan emphasizes being the leaders and best," said Barnes Arico. "The individuals selected are really leaders and have shown to be the best at what they do. That's why it was really important for me to have them on board. I think it was important for me to take my time to surround the program with great people. In my opinion, I feel fortunate enough after the process that we have the best staff in the country."
A player under Barnes Arico at St. John's University from 2006-10, Joy McCorvey joins the Michigan staff after spending the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach with the Red Storm. She worked primarily with the post players and helped guide the Red Storm to a 24-10 overall record and a second-place finish in the Big East Conference standings. St. John's finished 13-3 in league play behind NCAA runner-up Notre Dame and ahead of another Final Four team, Connecticut.
Melanie Moore arrives at Michigan with 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, including the last five seasons as an assistant at Princeton University (2007-12). During her stint with the Tigers, she worked primarily with the post players and was the program's recruiting coordinator.
Moore helped Princeton finish with two perfect Ivy League slates (14-0) and earn the league's first women's basketball national ranking when the program was listed No. 24 last season. She helped guide Princeton to three consecutive Ivy League titles and berths in the NCAA Tournament (2010-12). Princeton earned the highest seed ever for an Ivy League school, with a No. 9 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Prior to joining the staff at Princeton, Moore spent one season as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton (2006-07) after gaining experience at Indiana State (2004-06) and her alma mater, Siena College (2002-04).
Chester Nichols joins the Maize and Blue after spending two seasons with the University of Kansas women's basketball program as the perimeter coach while assisting in the program's recruiting efforts. In two seasons with the Jayhawks, Nichols helped KU to a combined 42-26 overall record and postseason appearances in the WNIT (2011) and NCAA (2012) tournaments. During the 2012 NCAA Tournament, KU advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998; it was the program's third Sweet 16 appearance.
Prior to Kansas, Nichols worked one season as an assistant coach at Central Florida (2009-10) after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at West Virginia University. Nichols helped the Mountaineers to three NCAA Tournaments, and WVU advanced to the second round on two occasions. He also helped guide West Virginia to the championship game of the WNIT in 2005 and to the Big East championship game in 2006.
Amy Mulligan enters the operations field after spending almost 10 seasons spearheading the media relations efforts of several women's basketball programs. Before U-M, Mulligan was an assistant athletics media relations director at Virginia (2007-12). As the primary media relations contact for the Cavaliers, Mulligan was responsible for writing and editing media guides in addition to writing game recaps, news releases, game notes, game programs and feature stories.
She joined the Virginia staff after two years as an assistant director of athletic communications at St. John's University. Mulligan worked with the women's basketball team led by Barnes Arico after serving in the same capacity at her alma mater, Maryland.
"The staff is comprised of a bunch of winners and that's really what they know, that's really what they're going to bring to our program here," added Barnes Arico. "I think we have a great blend of individuals; they are a tremendous mix with strengths that will help take our program to the next level. I'm really enthused about having them on board and I'm looking forward to getting started."
Barnes Arico enters her first season at the helm of the U-M women's basketball program. She inherits a team coming off a 20-12 season and NCAA Tournament appearance with 11 returning players, including three starters and four incoming freshmen.
Following are comments from head coach Kim Barnes Arico on each staff member:
Joy McCorvey -- "I think you get to meet special people and probably only a handful of them stay with you for an extended period of time. For me, Joy will always be a special person. She was not only a great basketball player for me but she's also a great person. She knows what my expectations are and how demanding I can be. I think she has a good balance of really understanding me and being able to communicate to young people the points that I'm trying to get across. She has a great relationship with the players and is terrific in the community and with coaches. She's young, energetic, vibrant, and has a bright future in this game."
Melanie Moore -- "Melanie is a tremendous hire because of her background, her experience and also her Midwest roots. She's an Ohio native and has coached at some universities in this area. During her time at Princeton, she brought great players into the program and helped the Tigers win championships. Melanie understands the academic importance of the University (Michigan), Midwest recruiting and basketball, in addition to what kind of institution Michigan is, and what it stands for. She's another tremendous addition to the staff."
Chester Nichols -- "Chester is an unbelievable addition to our staff as well. He brings a great blend of youth and experience. Everywhere that Chester has been, they've won, and that really is a tribute to what kind of assistant coach he has been over the years. He's known for being one of the best recruiters nationally but he brings so much more to the program than just recruiting. He has a great rapport with the players, he has a great connection with the staff, and he's very committed."
Amy Mulligan -- "Amy is going to be a great addition to our staff. She is coming from a great academic institution in Virginia. I think she really understands our academic reputation here at Michigan. For her to come on board and bring her wealth of knowledge, whether it is in media relations or as a camp director, it just adds value to our staff. I know that she will handle the daily operations of this program in a first-class manner."
2012-13 Michigan Women's Basketball Staff
Kim Barnes Arico -- Head Coach
Joy McCorvey -- Assistant Coach
Melanie Moore -- Assistant Coach
Chester Nichols -- Assistant Coach
Amy Mulligan -- Director of Women's Basketball Operations
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