Western Carolina Coach Kiley Hill has announced that Shyla Coleman has been promoted to assistant women’s basketball coach.

Coleman was originally brought on board as director of basketball operations by Heather Kearney, who was named coach, but whose contract was not approved by the Board of Trustees.

Hill was later named to the position.

“Shyla has been extremely impressive from day one when I met her,” Hill said. “Her contagious personality, organizational skills, and unwavering focus to help others are qualities that fit an immediate need in a coaching role within our program. As she continues to grow and learn her recruiting skill set, there is zero doubt we have a rising star in purple.”

“I am beyond grateful for the opportunity Coach Hill has presented to me,” Coleman said. “He sees my heart and my passion for both the game and building relationships with young people, and for that, I am thankful. I believe in the vision Coach Hill has for this program and am I blessed to be a part of it. I am also grateful for every supporter, sponsor, mentor, and player that has prepared me for this very moment. I’m looking forward to this new journey and can’t wait for everyone to witness the positive shift of our program.”

Megan Brown has joined the staff as director of basketball operations. She played at Southern Mississippi, where Hill was associate head coach, and completed her eligibility last year.

“Class, mature beyond her years, a servant leader, tireless worker, are just some of the ways I would describe Megan,” Hill said  “We are so ecstatic she has decided to join our program.

“Megan has been in the transition stage of a player to coaching role for the past year and a half in various ways during her time at Southern Miss,” Hill added. “We feel fortunate she has decided to continue her journey with us. She will be a loyal trustworthy ambassador to Catamount women’s basketball.”

“It is undeniable that I am supposed to be right here at Western Carolina, and I am thankful to this university, Coach Kiley Hill and his staff for bringing me on board to be a part of their family,” Brown said. “Can you recall the feelings of witnessing something new for the first time? I kind of feel that way, full of wonder and hopeful anticipation for the journey that lies ahead. Most importantly to me, is that I get an opportunity to walk with young women through such an awesome part of their lives and serve them as well as this community as my role as the director of basketball operations.”

Brown played four years at Southern Miss, ending her career with the third-longest consecutive starts streak for the team at 96 games. She eclipsed 1,000 career points.

The staff also includes Tyler Smith, who was hired as an assistant by Kearney and has been retained by Hill.