PIKEVILLE – After taking over the reins of the University of Pikeville women’s basketball program in early May, head coach Brandon Bias has been hard at work completing his coaching staff for the 2016-17 season. The three hires to help lead the Bears were announced by Bias on Tuesday.
Taking over the lead assistant role will be Summer Quesenberry, who most recently spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Brescia University in Owensboro.
The two graduate assistant positions went to Kylee Gorby, a recent graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, where she played four seasons for the Eagles, and Shelby Wheeler, who spent last season as the director of women’s basketball operations at NCAA Div. I Stetson following a collegiate playing career at Florida Southern College.
Bias had high praise for all three of the hires.
“Any time you can hire an assistant coach with head coaching experience, I feel it’s a huge benefit,” said Bias of Quesenberry. “I feel we made a great hire with Coach Q. We both like an up-tempo style of basketball and I’ve always respected the teams she has had at Brescia.”
For Bias, the two graduate assistants bring skills and experience that fit exactly into what he wants to build at UPIKE.
“I believe Kylee has a bright future in coaching,” said Bias. “She was a great player at Asbury and I know she is going to bring that same energy into this coaching staff. It didn’t take long after talking and meeting with her for me to know she was a perfect fit for the staff we were trying to put together.
“Shelby, I believe, has a lot to bring to this coaching staff as well. I feel with her experience at the division-one level, she will be able to help a lot in the development of our younger players. She is very organized with a strong background in video, making her a perfect fit for our last coaching opening.”