FAIRFAX, Va. - George Mason head women's basketball coach Jeri Porter announced Tiffany Gwynn will join the Patriots' staff as an assistant coach. Gwynn comes to Mason with over 14 years of coaching experience and spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville.
"I am pleased and excited to welcome Coach Gwynn to our women's basketball family," stated Porter. "She brings several years of coaching experience and knowledge to the program having coached on a variety of levels. Her reputation as a strong recruiter along with her ability to mentor and develop student-athletes on and off the court makes her a perfect fit for our program. Her positive outlook and high energy approach to her job will prove to be invaluable as we continue to move this program forward."
While at UNC Asheville, Gwynn was a member of a coaching staff that helped mentor guard Shonese Jones to Big South Freshman of the Year and All-Freshman Team honors for the 2011-12 season. Additionally, Leah Wormack was tabbed to the All-Freshman Team last season and Kendall Shepard picked up 2010-11 All-Big South Second Team honors. Gwynn held a variety of responsibilities in Asheville including recruiting coordinator, scheduling, post player development and academic and admission liaison.
Prior to her arrival at UNC Asheville, Gwynn spent four seasons at Hampton University where she was named the associate head coach her final two seasons (2007-09) after serving as assistant coach for two. During her time as an associate head coach, Gwynn helped recruit and sign three All-Rookie Team members.
After joining the Lady Pirates in 2005 as an assistant coach, Gwynn helped lead Hampton to three straight winning seasons in the MEAC, capping her time at Hampton with a 10-6 conference mark in 2007-08, finishing tied for second in the league. As part of Walter Mebane's staff, Gwynn oversaw academics, daily practices, recruiting, post and preseason skill development and team travel.
From 1999-2004, Gwynn was a member of the coaching staff at the University of Southern Mississippi under Rick Reeves. For three seasons, she assisted in recruiting and player development and was responsible for team travel, game promotions, camps and community service. In 2002, Gwynn was named the recruiting coordinator, a position she held for two seasons.
Gwynn joined the staff at Southern Mississippi after a one-year stint at her alma mater Liberty University, where she got her collegiate coaching start as an assistant coach in 1998-99. After winning two Big South Tournament titles as a student-athlete, Gwynn helped lead the Flames to their third straight Big South Championship in 1999, this time as a member of the coaching staff.
A 1998 graduate of Liberty University, Gwynn was a four-year letterwinner for the Flames and finished her collegiate playing career winning two consecutive Big South Tournament titles, including the first-ever BSC title in Liberty women's basketball program history in 1997. In 1998, the Flames went a perfect 28-0 in regular season action to capture their second Big South Tournament title and entered the NCAA Tournament ranked 32nd by the Associated Press.
Gwynn graduated from Liberty with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.
"Being given the opportunity to work with Coach Porter and her staff is an opportunity of a lifetime," commented Gwynn. "Coach Porter has shared her vision of achievement for this program with me on numerous occasions. I believe she and her staff are on track to really make this program successful. Her devotion and passion for the program's advancement is contagious. I look forward to sharing in her vision and adding anything I can to help her accomplish it. It is an honor to be able to work with Coach Porter and her elite staff."