Laphelia Doss enters her second season as an assistant women's basketball coach at North Carolina A&T. Doss is responsible for preparing the A&T post players for play. In first season, redshirt freshman Eboni Ross made tremendous strides. Ross, a reserve at the start of the season, had to take over the center position after Nikia Gorham went down with a knee injury.
Ross went on to excel in her role as a starter, winning MEAC Rookie of the Year honors in leading the Aggies to a 13-3 conference record.
Doss came to Greensboro with 10 years of coaching experience, which included four appearances in the NCAA tournament as a coach and one as a student-athlete.
Doss was the head women's basketball coach and the senior woman administrator at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga. In her first year as head coach, she took a team that had only won five games to an impressive record of 15-15, while also making the conference tournament. She also handled compliance for women's programs and life skills development.
Prior to her time in Georgia, Doss spent three years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Austin Peay State University. During her time with the Governors, she was instrumental in the development of several standout athletes, including Jasmine Rayner, a 2010 preseason all-conference member; Nicole Jamen, an OVC All-Tournament recipient and a 2010 second-team All-OVC selection and April Thomas, an OVC Tournament MVP and 2009 second-team All-OVC honoree. Austin Peay reached consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010 after winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship titles each year.
Doss spent a season at Southern Polytechnic State in Marietta, Ga., starting in 2007. The Hornets compiled an 18-13 overall record and a fifth-place 12-8 record in the Southern States Athletic Conference. For the 2006-07 campaign, Doss served as an assistant at James Madison, helping the Dukes to an NCAA tournament appearance.
Doss got her start in coaching at her alma mater, Eastern Kentucky, in 2002. In four years, she helped lead the Colonels to a stellar 2004-05 campaign, which included the OVC regular-season and tournament championship crowns and the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Miranda Eckerle, Pam Garrett, and Candis Cook all earned OVC all-conference honors under her watch.
Doss herself was a standout student-athlete at Eastern Kentucky in the mid 90's. She is the Colonel's record holder for single-game rebounds (26), career rebounds (1,026), and single-season field goal percentage (.551). She also ranks among the program's top-10 scorers (1,378) and was a three-time all-conference performer and earned all-freshman honors. Doss is the only player in EKU program history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She ranked in the top-10 nationally in rebounds with 309 in 1996.
After leading the Colonels to the OVC tournament title and their first ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 1997, Doss was named OVC Tournament MVP. Doss would go on to lead the Colonels to OVC regular season titled in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
Doss holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in sports administration from Eastern Kentucky. In 2010, Doss completed the Black Coaches & Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence Program. She is also a member of the BCA and the Women's Basketball Association.