After finishing a 10-20 season that included a 12-game losing streak, the Livingstone College women’s basketball team has a new head coach — Chiante Wester, a former assistant coach at Virginia State University.
Wester was introduced to the Blue Bears family during a Friday press conference on the Salisbury Campus.
During her 13-year tenure at Virginia State, Wester was part of a coaching staff that produced more than 200 wins, including five regular-season division titles, four NCAA appearances and a CIAA Championship.
“We strongly believe this is not only a next-level move for Coach Wester, but for our women’s basketball team,” Athletic Director Lamonte Massie-Sampson said in a statement. “She is ready and eager to excel as a head coach and deliver her own coaching style to our players.”
At Virginia State, Wester worked primarily with the guards. She also directed community relations, outreach projects, and oversaw the team’s academic study hall.
Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr. praised Wester for her “leadership capabilities and athletic prowess.”
“We have confidence that Coach Wester was the best choice to lead our women’s basketball team,” he said.
In 2013, Wester was selected to attend the NCAA Black Coaches and Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program. In 2008, she attended the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy.
Wester graduated cum laude from Shaw University in 2003, earning her bachelor’s degree in allied health and recreation. In 2010, she received a master’s degree in sports management from Virginia State.