Shavon Earp enters her fifth season with the North Carolina A&T women's basketball team and her first year as associate head coach. Earp served as an assitant coach for four years before her promotion to associate head coach on April 12, 2016.
"I am extremely grateful and elated about the opportunity to be an associate head coach for one of the best programs on the rise. Coach Robinson has believed in me years before I came to NC A&T and invested a lot of time in mentoring me which has put me in this position. I have become a better coach and person during my time here. I am excited to see what the futures holds for this program. I am going to continue to work hard to ensure that we get the best out of our Lady Aggies on and off the court, as well as reinforce Coach Robinson’s philosophy and the vision that he has for this program," Earp said.
Earp is responsible for working with the Aggies wings and guards.In the 2013-14 season, Earp assisted with the development of transfer guard Christina Carter who became the starting point guard after junior guard Adriana Nazario suffered a season-ending injury on Dec. 21. Carter led the MEAC in assists, averaging 5.1 a game. Junior Ariel Bursey and transfer Debbie Smith also accounted for nearly half of the team’s 3-pointers as the Aggies shot 30.1 percent from behind the arc which ranked second in the conference.
In her first season, she helped Nazario and Bursey transition from players with limited playing time the previous year to key parts of the Aggies rotation. Nazario started 19 games during the 2012-13 season, as she led the Aggies in assists per game. Bursey led the Aggies in scoring three times during the season and she shot an impressive 48 percent from the field.
Earp joined A&T after spending two seasons as the assistant women's basketball coach at William & Mary. With the Tribe, she was responsible for developing the guard and perimeter players, which resulted in an All-CAA player in Taysha Pye. Earp also assisted with recruiting, scouting, developing game plans, organizing community service activities and administering individual and group workout sessions.
Two years prior to joining William & Mary's staff, Earp spent the two years as the assistant coach of the girls varsity basketball team at Hampton High School in Hampton, Va. She was the primary guard coach, and developed and implemented the strength and conditioning program for the student-athletes. She also helped counsel the student-athletes in academic matters. During that span she also served as the assistant coach for the heralded Boo Williams 16-and-under Elite AAU Team, where Earp assisted in developing players and supervising the team during competition and tournament travel.
As a graduate student at Radford University, Earp served as a graduate assistant for the women's basketball program. She coordinated all aspects of film exchange for scouting reports, produced a monthly newsletter updating alumni on the status of the program and helped coordinate the team's annual alumni event. The Highlanders had a 20-win season in 2007-08.
Before she entered coaching, Earp was a talented student-athlete. Earp was named the 2001-02 Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia and was an honorable mention All-American for Hampton High. She was named to the All-State first team twice and led the Crabbers to the 2000-01 state championship.
She attended the University of Pittsburgh and competed in 28 games for the Panthers as a freshman and was named to the Big East All-Academic team. She transferred to Radford and completed her career with 834 points, 267 rebounds and 108 assists in 81 games for the Highlanders.
Earp graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication and a master's degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford. She is also a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampton Roads and ARC of Greater Williamsburg.
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