Head Coach
Nikki McCray-Penson

Nikki McCray-Penson was named the seventh head coach of the Old Dominion women's basketball program on May 24, 2017.

“I could not be more excited to join the Old Dominion program, its tradition, its people and its fan base,” said McCray-Penson. “There is so much opportunity to bring the tradition of winning back to ODU because of the investment by the University's leadership and the fan base. I felt it the minute I stepped on campus and I can't wait to get to Norfolk and begin the process of shaping this program.”

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.

"Blessings come in different forms, but working with Nikki for the last nine years has been life fulfilling,” said South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley. “ODU's past, present and future players and the Lady Monarch community have gotten a gem of a person and head coach." Click here to continue reading

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.