Staff
Head Coach
Tarrell Robinson

Tarrell Robinson is already one of the most impactful figures in the history of Aggies basketball from his time as a men’s player to now his substantial status as the head coach of N.C. A&T women’s basketball. He came to the N.C. A&T as an assistant in 2005 and since that point the women’s program has produced six Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles, three MEAC tournament titles, two MEAC Rookies of the Year (Eboni Ross, T’Wuana Cook) and a MEAC Player of the Year (Brittanie Taylor-James).

Tarrell Robinson was named the sixth head coach in the history of the North Carolina A&T women's basketball program on May 2, 2012. Robinson is among the best and brightest young coaches in women’s basketball. He has won two MEAC tournament titles, three MEAC regular-season title, has five postseason appearances including two NCAA berths and three WNIT appearances and has finished first in various MEAC regular seasons all by the age 40.

Robinson has compiled an 142-79 record over seven seasons and ranks second all-time on the wins list in program history. He is the only basketball coach in school history (men or women) to open their respective N.C. A&T tenure with three consecutive 20-win seasons. Robinson’s teams have also been stellar in the classroom. In 2015, it was announced the Aggies had a perfect single-year APR score of 1000. Five players on Robinson’s 2015-16 team had already earned their undergraduate degrees. Four of those players were and still are pursuing master’s degrees while the other one pursued another undergraduate degree.

In his first season as head coach, Robinson inherited a talented team, including three players – Amber Calvin, Nikia Gorham and JaQuayla Berry – he recruited to the program. Robinson used that talent to win 22 games in his rookie season, which is more wins than any other first-year coach in program history. When Gorham went down with a knee injury midway through the season, Robinson inserted redshirt freshman center Eboni Ross in the lineup. Ross went on to win MEAC Rookie of the Year honors.

Robinson returned to N.C. A&T after spending three years as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and associate head coach at Virginia Commonwealth under head coach Beth Cunningham. Before his stint at VCU, Robinson spent four successful seasons at N.C. A&T under legendary head coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs. Robinson made a name for himself as a talented recruiter, having brought in highly-touted players to N.C. A&T and helping to lead the Aggies to consecutive MEAC regular-season championships starting in 2007.

From 2007-09, Robinson and his recruits helped the Aggies compile a 51-15 record and their first MEAC tournament championship since 1994, when they took the title in 2009. The MEAC championship win earned the Aggies a berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 as they were awarded a 14th seed, the highest seed for an HBCU team at the time. Cook, Sams, Taylor-James and Berry are all 1,000-point career scorers and all-conference performers. His tenure as an Aggie assistant also yielded 13 all-conference selections. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2008-09 season.

After leaving N.C. A&T for VCU, Robinson continued to excel as a recruiter. He was promoted to associate head coach in May 2011 at VCU after serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. He helped the Rams make three-consecutive postseason appearances from 2009-12. The Rams also made it to the third round of the WNIT in 2010 and 2012. He helped land back-to-back classes that ranked among the best in the Colonial Athletic Association, including players that ranked among the Top 30 in their respective positions.

Robinson first made his mark at N.C. A&T as a student-athlete at N.C. A&T. He played on the men's basketball team from 1997-2001, and had a stellar playing career at N.C. A&T. He scored 934 career points, grabbed more than 700 rebounds and blocked 35 shots during his career. He led the Aggies in rebounding his junior season. Robinson attended E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, N.C., where he was an Honorable Mention McDonald's All-American and lettered three years on the varsity level. He was an all-conference and all-regional performer as a senior and led the Golden Bulls to a conference championship and regional runner-up finish in the state playoffs.

Robinson earned his B.A., degree in psychology in 2001 from N.C. A&T and was enrolled in the graduate program at N.C. A&T, where he was a candidate for a master's degree in Human Performance and Leisure Studies.

Robinson and his wife, Kelli, have three children, Jordan, Jada and Lauren.

Associate Head Coach
Shavon Earp

Shavon Earp became an assistant coach for the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball program in 2012. On April 12, 2016, Earp was promoted to associate head coach. The Aggies have won two MEAC tournament titles and three MEAC regular-season championships since she became the associate head coach. The 2018-19 regular-season title came along with a 16-0 mark in the league.

Earp is responsible for working with the Aggies wings and guards. The Aggies have strived with Earp in that role. Christina Carter led the MEAC in assists during the 2013-14 season (5.1 per game) and her 157 assists that season was the second-highest single-season total in school history. Carter ended her career second on the Aggies all-time career assist list.

Transfer guard Debbie Smith earned second-team All-MEAC honors in 2014-15 and Dana Brown developed into the Aggies second-leading scorer and an All-MEAC second-team selection in 2015-16. Brown was also an all-tournament performer at the 2016 MEAC tournament. Kala Green was the 2018 MEAC tournament Most Outstanding Player and then followed up her tournament performance with 21 points on five 3-pointers against defending national champion South Carolina.

The Aggies have also had an outstanding assists-to-turnover ratio thanks to solid guard play. In the MEAC, the Aggies finished third in 2017-18, first in 2015-16, second in 2014-15 and fourth in 2013-14.

Earp joined A&T after spending two seasons as the assistant women's basketball coach at William & Mary. With the Tribe, she was responsible for developing the guard and perimeter players, which resulted in an All-CAA player in Taysha Pye. Earp also assisted with recruiting, scouting, developing game plans, organizing community service activities and administering individual and group workout sessions.

Two years prior to joining the William & Mary's staff, Earp spent the two years as an assistant girls basketball coach at Hampton High School in Hampton, Va. During that span, she also served as the assistant coach for the heralded Boo Williams 16-and-under Elite AAU Team, where Earp assisted in developing players and supervising the team during competition and tournament travel.

As a graduate student at Radford University, Earp served as a graduate assistant for the women's basketball program. Before she entered coaching, Earp was a talented student-athlete. Earp was named the 2001-02 Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia and was an honorable mention All-American for Hampton High. She was named first-team all-state twice in Virginia and led the Crabbers to the 2000-01 state championship.

She attended the University of Pittsburgh and competed in 28 games for the Panthers as a freshman and was named to the Big East All-Academic team. She transferred to Radford and completed her career with 834 points, 267 rebounds and 108 assists in 81 games for the Highlanders.

Earp graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication and a master's degree in corporate and professional communication. She is also a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Franklin Scott

Franklin Scott became an assistant coach for the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball program in 2012. After four seasons with Lady Aggies Basketball, head coach Tarrell Robinson announced Scott would be promoted to recruiting coordinator on April 12, 2016. Scott has helped the Aggies win two MEAC tournament titles (2016, 2018) and three MEAC regular-season championships (2016, 2018, 2019) in the past four seasons. The 2018-19 regular-season title came along with a 16-0 mark in the league.

N.C. A&T has signed some significant players who have made an immediate impact for the program. The 2016-17 season saw graduate transfer Aliyah Kilpatrick lead the Aggies in scoring, steals, 3-point shooting and assists. Alabama transfer C’Coriea Foy led the Aggies in scoring and assists and was named second-team All-MEAC in 2017-18. Appalachian State transfer Mikaya Wilson played a key role in the Aggies claiming the 2018 MEAC championship from the point guard position. Graduate transfer Jade Scaife also played a key role in the Aggies championship run in 2018.

Scott came to Greensboro after serving as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Jefferson College, a two-year community college in Hillsboro, Mo. For two seasons, he helped the Vikings win more than 50 games. Scott served as the offensive coordinator and maintained recruiting responsibilities. He also handled film exchange, scouting and facilitated an athletics department study hall to enhance academic achievement.

On the court, the Vikings were prosperous during his stay. During the 2011-12 season, the Vikings went 31-5, winning the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference crown and Region XVI championship title. The 2011-12 team was also ranked as high as No. 9 in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Poll and Scott signed a Top-10 JUCO recruiting class that season including several players ranked high at their respective position by ESPN and by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. They finished seventh at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

During the program's success, he helped develop three all-region players and four all-conference players including LaQuinta Jefferson who was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team as well as to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association JUCO All-American team in 2012. She was also nominated as a candidate for the WBCA State Farm JUCO Player of the Year. Scott was instrumental in helping send four players to the NCAA Division I level and two players to the NCAA Division II level.

The 2010-11 season was also highly successful as Scott helped lead the team to the Region XVI championship game and helped develop three all-region and all-conference players. He helped send five players to the NCAA Division I level and three players to the NCAA Division II level following that season. The Vikings had a 21-11 record in 2010-11 and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country. During Scott's tenure at Jefferson College, he assisted in producing two NJCAA National Players of the Week in LaQuinta Jefferson and Anete Klinstone. For two years, Scott coordinated the Jeffco Jam, a preseason recruiting event for college coaches looking for JUCO talent.

Prior to working at Jefferson College, Scott worked as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Neosho County Community College in Chaunte, Kan. He helped in the development of two All-Kansas Junior Community College Conference Players and an all-region student-athlete. He also coached a WBCA State Farm Honorable Mention All-American in Bjonee Reaves. Reaves was recognized as the NJCAA National Player of the Week after recording a quadruple-double (30 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists and 10 steals) and a double-double in the same week.

For the 2008-09 season, Scott was working at Arizona Western College as the women's basketball assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The team was 21-10 and made an appearance in the Region I championship game for the first time in six years. Two players from the team earned NJCAA All-American honors in Yohanna Morton and Katrina Johnson. Scott also coached three All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference players. Ten players from the Arizona Western College team he coached eventually played at four-year schools.

Scott was a community relations intern for the WNBA Chicago Sky during the 2008 season, and also served as a scout player and camp manager for the University of Tennessee women's basketball program from June 2005 to his graduation from UT in December 2008.

Scott earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. Scott, his wife Erica, and their son Jaxon reside in Jamestown, N.C.

Assistant Coach
Jaleesa Sams

Jaleesa Sams has been a part of the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball staff since 2012. N.C. A&T head women’s basketball coach Tarrell Robinson announced the promotion of Sams from the director of basketball operations to assistant coach on April 12, 2016. In her capacity as an assistant, Sams works primarily with the team’s forwards. The Aggies have won two MEAC tournament titles and three MEAC regular-season championships since she became the assistant coach. The 2018-19 regular-season title came along with a 16-0 mark in the league.

In 2017-18, the Aggies frontcourt helped the Aggies rank fifth in the nation in offensive rebounds and rebounds per game. The Aggies were also 26th in the nation in total rebounds. Academically, center Alexus Lessears was named academic athlete of the year by N.C. A&T athletics department. Women's basketball had eight N.C. A&T scholar athletes in 2017-18.

Sams starred on the Aggies women’s basketball team for four seasons (2007-11) before serving as a graduate assistant for two seasons (2012-14) and director of basketball operations for two seasons (2014-16). As the director of basketball operations, Sams arranged team travel and served as an academic liaison. She was also responsible for coordinating team scheduling and purchasing team equipment.

Sams transitioned seamlessly into her future roles due in part to her time as a graduate assistant with the team. She coordinated film exchange for scouting reports and assisted in team travel and activities. Before joining the coaching staff at N.C. A&T, Sams was an assistant coach at Southern Guilford High School where she took part in player development, academics and fundraising activities.

During her collegiate career, Sams was a member of arguably one of the best teams in program history. During her tenure, the Aggies won three straight MEAC regular-season titles (2007-10) and were the 2009 conference tournament champions. N.C. A&T also made an appearance in the 2009 NCAA tournament and advanced to the third round of the WNIT the following season. Sams, a two-time All-MEAC selection, still remains fifth in rebounds (692) and 12th in scoring (1,172) all-time. Sams has obtained a combined four MEAC regular season championships as a player and coach at N.C. A&T.

Sams graduated from A&T in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sports science. She received her Master of Education degree from North Carolina A&T in December of 2015.

As a high school player, Sams won Pennsylvania player of the year in consecutive seasons and was a three-time Lawrence County Player of the Year. A WPIAL champion and most valuable player, Sams posted 1,909 career points, second all-time in school history and was ranked 33rd in the nation at her position.

Director of Basketball Operations
Jada Payne

Jada Payne was hired as director of basketball operations for the women’s basketball team in August 2018 by head coach Tarrell Robinson.

Closed four-year career with 2,029 total points…Scored 1,757 points in three seasons at ECU to conclude career at No. 3 on the program’s all-time list…Finished career with the highest free throw percentage in ECU history going 298-for-357 (.835)…Made the second-most three-pointers (187) in program history in just three seasons…Tied for the fourth-highest three-point field goal percentage in school history (.364)...Became the second player in program history to be named an all-conference first team selection three-consecutive years.

After college, Payne attended the WNBA Washington Mystics training camp… She then played overseas professionally in Israel for Maccabi Ra’anana.

Director of Player Development
Amanda Mills

Amanda Mills became the director of player development for North Carolina A&T women’s basketball under head coach Tarrell Robinson in 2018. Mills will be responsible for preparing the Aggies women’s basketball players for premium athletic performance while also putting programs in place to reduce injury and promote top physical fitness. She will also be vital in the Aggies offseason conditioning.

Mills spent four years at Occidental College as an assistant women’s basketball coach and a strength and conditioning coach at the NCAA Division III institution. At Occidental, she designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, baseball and softball. Mills has also worked as an assistant girls basketball coach.

She began her career in player development as a sports conditioning intern at Presbyterian College where she supervised strength workouts for volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football under the guidance of the head strength and conditioning coach.

A three-year captain for the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, Mills earned All-Big South academic honors three times. She led the team in scoring in 2008 at 11.8 points per game while also leading the team in free throw shooting (.857). She transferred to the Blue Hose from San Diego Mesa College where she averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists to earn first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference honors as a freshman.

Mills had a 4.0 at San Diego Mesa College where she graduated with an associate degree in transfer studies. She has a B.S., degree in biology and a B.A., degree in history from Presbyterian College.