SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced Friday a new addition to the Blue Bear athletics family.
Athletic Director Lamonte Massie-Sampson announced that Chiante Wester was the new head women’s basketball coach during a press conference on the Salisbury campus.
Wester comes to Blue Bear country after serving as assistant women’s basketball coach for the Virginia State University Trojans since August 2006. She joined Virginia State University after reuniting with former Shaw University Assistant Coach James Hill, Jr.
During her tenure at Virginia State, Wester participated in five regular-season division championships in the CIAA Conference, four NCAA appearances and a CIAA Championship as VSU captured more than 200-plus wins.
Wester has mentored several all-conference players, league players of the year, first-ever VSU HBCU/CIAA players of the year and academic All-Americans.
She worked primarily with the guards in her role at Virginia State and assisted Hill in all facets of player development, on the court coaching and individual skill instruction as well as recruitment. Her administrative responsibilities consisted of coordinating and directing community relations, outreach projects, and managing and organizing team managers. She also oversaw the academic study hall and academic progress of the student-athletes within women’s basketball.
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.
“We strongly believe this is not only a next-level move for Coach Wester, but for our women’s basketball team,” said Massie-Sampson. “She is ready and eager to excel as a head coach and deliver her own coaching style to our players.”
“This is a new day. I am truly excited to be here and bring back a winning tradition to the Blue Bear country … There is a lot of talent here, and I plan to bring the best out of each member of this team,” Wester said.
Born in Havana, Fla., Wester was a standout high school player at Havana Northside High School under the legendary coach Rosa Hughes-Browning. She played collegiately for two seasons at North Florida, earning Panhandle 2nd Team Conference honors both years. She then transferred to Shaw University for the 2000-2004 seasons, where she received several awards including outstanding player, outstanding service award, athletic trainer senior award, most improved basketball player and outstanding student honoree.
She 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 University.
“We have confidence that Coach Wester was the best choice to lead our women’s basketball team,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “Her leadership capabilities and athletic prowess are evident and we look forward to her cultivating a spirit of excellence among our student-athletes on and off the court.”
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