ATLANTA – Georgia State women’s basketball head coach Gene Hill announced Katie Pate, A.G. Hall and Tiffany Morton as his coaching staff on Friday.
“I’m so excited to welcome this group to our Panther Family,” Hill said. “When trying to hire a staff I thought it was important to find people who were not just great coaches but better people.”
The trio brings more than 45 years of coaching experience to Decatur Street.
Katie Pate returns to Georgia State after a stint in 2014 with the Panthers. Pate most recently served as the associate head coach at Marshall in Huntington, W.V. At Marshall, Pate helped coach junior Shayna Gore to a 19.5 points-per-game season which ranked second-best in Conference-USA.
Prior to Marshall, Pate was head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne for three seasons. L-R was the nation’s ninth-best defensive team in 2016-17 with a record of 17-12 overall.
Pate also spearheaded L-R’s fundraising for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, raising nearly $10,000 for research, more money than any other NCAA Division II institution on the national level (300 programs).
Prior to Pate’s stop at GSU in 2014, she was Lenoir-Rhyne’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons. Pate teamed with former head coach Todd Starkey to lead the Bears to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and top 25 national rankings in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
In addition to Georgia State, Marshall and Lenoir-Rhyne, she has also been an assistant coach at Wingate (2009-10), USC Upstate (1999-2001) and Coker (1998-99). Pate and Hill both graduated from Coker in 1997.
“The opportunity to reunite with Katie Pate once again was too great to pass on. I have known her for over 20 years and her experience as a former head coach including her recruiting connections in the southeast will help our program immediately,’ Hill said. “She will be a great teacher, mentor and role model for our players.”
A.G. Hall comes to Georgia State after one season at North Carolina Central. It was his second stop in Durham as he graduated from the institution in 1998. Hall started his coaching career at his alma mater, helping the Lady Eagles to a 49-13 record from 2000-02, winning consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Western Division titles before advancing to the NCAA Tournament both seasons.
The 2001-02 team in Hall’s second season won its first two tourney games before being eliminated in the round of 16.
He spent four years as head coach at Winston-Salem State University from 2012-16, which included a pair of 15-win seasons. The Rams 2012-13 squad under Hall was ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II in team defense, allowing just 51 points per game.
Hall has a total of 17 years of collegiate women’s basketball coaching experience, which features 10 years as an assistant at the Division I level between Providence College (2002-08), Clemson University (2008-10) and Bethune-Cookman University (2010-12).
“A.G. Hall and I go back for over 18 years. He’s been a head coach and has coached at every level from D2, Mid-major to Power-5. He is a family person and his knowledge of the game and my respect for his ability to teach and to develop players will be a great fit for our program,” Hill said.
Tiffany Morton makes the short trip up I-75 from Macon, Ga., to Atlanta to join the Hill’s staff as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator.
Morton coached at Mercer from 2015-2018. She helped the Bears to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017-18 as Mercer won the SoCon Championship and broke into the USA Today Coaches Poll Top-25.
Morton helped coach Kahlia Lawrence who was drafted in the 2018 WNBA Draft and was three-time SoCon Player of the Year.
She was a part of back-to-back WNIT appearances for Mercer for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons as well.
Prior to Mercer, Morton as an assistant at Wagner (2014-15), graduate assistant at LSU (2013-14), assistant at Montevallo (2012-13) and a graduate assistant at Wisconsin-Whitewater (2010-12).
Morton graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2009 and earned her Masters in 2012.
“Tiffany Morton’s name just kept coming up when talking to high school and AAU coaches about who some of the top young assistant coaches are,’ Hill said. “She is a tremendous recruiter and her ability to relate to today’s players will be a valuable asset to our staff. She will lead our recruiting efforts as well as assist with coaching our wing players.”
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