Staff
Head Coach
Nikki McCray-Penson

Nikki McCray-Penson completed her first season as the head coach of ODU women's basketball in 2017-18 after being named the seventh head coach in program history on May 24, 2017.

In 2018-19, McCray and the Monarchs compiled an 21-11 record and fell in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament. Individual highlights for ODU in 2018-19 included Ajah Wayne's sensational freshman season, as Wayne was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team and to the C-USA All-Defensive Team.

McCray-Penson, who previously served as an assistant coach at South Carolina since May of 2008, helped lead South Carolina to its first-ever National Championship last season. A two-time Olympic gold medal winner and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee in 2012, McCray-Penson reunited with her former 1996 Team USA teammate when she joined head coach Dawn Staley's South Carolina staff as an assistant in May of 2008.

Following an 11-year professional playing career, McCray-Penson moved into the coaching ranks in 2006, spending two seasons at Western Kentucky before joining the Gamecocks. A three-time WNBA All-Star and the 1996-97 American Basketball League's Most Valuable Player, McCray-Penson has proven to be a standout recruiter who helped South Carolina land the nation's No. 2 recruiting class and the top player in the country in 2014.

South Carolina earned four straight NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds, the program's first coming in 2014. Appearing in the event's Sweet 16 in five of the last six seasons, the Gamecocks reached their first NCAA Final Four in 2015. South Carolina capped the 2016-17 season with its best final national ranking, coming in at No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Gamecocks finished among the nation's top 10 each of the past four seasons.

McCray-Penson takes over the reign of one of the most storied women's basketball programs in college basketball. The Lady Monarchs have over 1,000 program wins, three national championships, 25 NCAA Tournament appearances, 17 conference championships and 55 All-Americans.

McCray-Penson got her start in coaching at Western Kentucky where she played a key role in recruiting. With her on the staff, she helped lead the Lady Toppers to a 49-17 record, which included a WNIT semifinal appearance in 2006-07 and a Sun Belt Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08.

Prior to moving into the coaching world, McCray-Penson enjoyed a nine-year career in the WNBA, following a two-year stint in the ABL. She signed her first professional playing contract with the ABL's Columbus Quest in 1996 and proceeded to lead the team to the league championship, earning league MVP honors along the way. Joining the WNBA's Washington Mystics in 1998, McCray-Penson was the team's leading scorer in each of her first two seasons and played in the WNBA All-Star game three times in her four years in Washington. She earned a starting spot in the league's inaugural All-Star game in 1999 and was the leading vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards in 2000.

McCray-Penson went on to play five more seasons in the WNBA, spending two with the Indiana Fever and one each with the Phoenix Mercury, the San Antonio Silver Stars and the Chicago Sky prior to her retirement at the end of the 2006 season. With 2,528 points, she finished her career ranked 24th on the WNBA's career scoring list. Averaging 10.1 points per game, she was a career 41.3 percent shooter.

A veteran of international basketball as well, McCray-Penson was part of the USA Basketball program on three separate occasions. Those stints were highlighted by trips to the Olympic Games in 1996 and 2000, both of which resulted in gold medals for the United States. She was a key element on the 1995-96 team that spent more than a year together in residency, something never done before in USA Basketball's history. The effort helped the group to 60-0 record in international competition and sparked two professional women's basketball leagues in the United States.

In her four-year career playing under Pat Summitt at Tennessee, McCray-Penson keyed three SEC regular-season titles, two conference tournament championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances for the Lady Vols. In addition to helping UT build a 122-11 record, McCray-Penson picked up All-America and SEC Player of the Year honors in both her junior and senior years. She scored 1,572 career points, a number that still ranks her among the Lady Vols' all-time top 15.

Assistant Coach
Brittany Young

A former assistant at Stetson, South Carolina and Daytone State, Brittany Young enters her first season as an assistant coach at Old Dominion in 2017-18.

"Brittany has been coaching for the last five years," said McCray-Penson of Young. "She has a gretpassion for young people and is a tremendous worker. She worked with us at South Carolina and knows what success looks like."

Prior to ODU, Young coached for two seasons at Stetson. In her final season with the Hatters, Young helped guide Stetson to a 26-win season and the program's first-ever Atlantic Sun regular season championship.

"I'm truly blessed to be a part of such a prestigious university," said Young. "I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Coach McCra and I am looking forward to working with Ed and Richard. When I think of ODU, I think of players like Anne Donovan, Ticha Penicheiro and Nancy Lieberman. I look forward to restoring that tradition to the program. Click here to continue reading

Assistant Coach
Ashley Morris

Ashley Morris joined the Old Dominion women's basketball staff as the Director Of Basketball Operations in June of 2017.

Morris came to Old Dominion from her high school alma mater Central High School in Philadelphia, where she was the head coach for five seasons. At Central, Morris guided the team to three Class 6A championships and was named the Public League Gold Division Coach of the Year in 2011-2012 and was also selected to coach the Philadelphia's Girl's All Public Team in 2013-14.

During her playing career, Morris played for four seasons at under the legendary Dawn Staley at Temple from 2004 to 2008. Morris was an All-Atlantic 10 and Big Five selection during her senior season after averaging 15.3 points and 4.3 assists. She ended her career with the third-most assist in program history.

Following her collegiate career, Morris played professionaly overseas for two seasons in Italy and France.

Morris graduated from Temple in 2008 with a degree in Management Information Systems.

Associate Head Coach
Keith Freeman

With nearly 30 years of coaching experience, former Wright State assistant and Valparaiso head coach Keith Freeman begins his first season as the associate head coach for Old Dominion women's basketball in 2018-19.

Freeman comes to ODU from Wright State, where he served as the associate head coach and assistant coach for a combined six seasons from 2012 to 2018. At Wright State, Freeman helped guide the Raiders to a 135-67 record during his tenure, including a school-record 26 wins and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013-14. Wright State won 20+ games in five of the six seasons and also secured four WNIT bids.

Prior to Wright State, Freeman served as a head coach for 24 seasons, most notably at Valparaiso. Freeman's all-time head coaching record stands at 415-294.

At Valparaiso from 1994 to 2012, Freeman went 286-247 and is the all-time winningest coach in program history. Freeman pioneered the Crusaders to four 20-win seasons and seven top-two finishes in the league. In 2001-02, he orchestraded one of the greatest turnarounds in the nation, leading Valparaiso to a 26-7 record and was named a finalist for the National Coach of the Year. Overall, Freeman was a three-time Mid-Continental Conference Coach of the Year at Valparaiso and also helped lead the Raiders to their first-ever NCAA Tournament and Mid-Continental Conference Championship.

Prior to Valparaiso, Freeman also held head coaching stints at Saint Joseph's College and Huntington College, both small schools in Indiana.

At Saint Joseph's, Freeman went 85-28 in four seasons from 1990 to 1994 and was the Great Lakes Valley Coach of the Year in 1991-92. At Huntington, Freeman coached from 1983 to 1990. Freeman was 19 when he was named the head women's coach and then 21 when he was named the head men's coach. As the youngest collegiate coach, Freeman guided the Huntington women to a National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship in 1984.

Freeman graduated cum laude from Huntington College in Indiana in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. He then earned his MBA in 1987 from Ball State. Freeman is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Fellowship of Christan Athletes.

Assistant Coach
Scepter Brownlee

Scepter Brownlee enters his first season as the assistant coach for Old Dominion women's basketball in 2018-19.

Brownlee comes to ODU from King's Ridge Christian School in Georgia, where he was the assistant athletic director and boys' varsity basketball coach from 2014 to 2018. In addition, Brownlee is also the founder, CEO and master trainer of Great Day Basketball, which was founded in 2011.

Prior to his stints in high school and club basketball in the Atlanta area, Brownlee coached for seven years in the men's collegiate game. Brownlee was an assistant for Georgia State from 2007 to 2011 and then prior to GSU, Brownlee was an assistant at Southeast Missouri State in 2006-07. He also served as graduate assistant at Tennessee under head coach Bruce Pearl in 2005-06. Brownlee's first coaching job was an assistant at Colby Community College in Kansas in 2004-05.

At Tennessee was where Brownlee first met McCray-Penson, where Brownlee eventually served as McCray's trainer during the latter years of her WNBA career.

Brownlee graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2004 with a degree in Sociology. At USF, Brownlee was a two-year letterwinner and point guard. He earned the Jackie Robinson USF African American Athlete of the Year Award as a senior.