GREENVILLE, N.C. – Fred Applin, Ann Hancock, Shay Hayes and Carol Sciaretta have all been named to the East Carolina women’s basketball staff, according to an announcement by head coach Heather Macy Wednesday. The first three will serve as assistant coaches while Sciaretta assumes the director of basketball operations position.
Applin, an associate head coach at Wake Forest for three seasons before heading to Washington, has an extensive coaching resume. A highly-regarded recruiter, Applin's career has also included assistant coaching stints at Texas, North Carolina and the University of Houston, as well as a tenure as head women's basketball coach at Hampton University.
Applin, while serving as Washington’s recruiting coordinator, also assisted in all areas of the program including scouting and player development.
A 1985 Elon graduate and native of Roseboro, N.C., Applin was recognized by the Women's Basketball Journal as one of the nation's top assistant coaches in its 1998-99 coaching poll. During his six years at Texas (1998-2004), the Longhorns reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three straight years (2002-04) and advanced to the Final Four in 2003. That season, Texas also won both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles, while the 2004 squad won the league regular season title.
In Applin's last two years in Austin, he helped sign three McDonald All-Americans in the first two years of the honor (Nina Norman, Tiffany Jackson and Kalee Carey) and four Women’s Basketball Coaches Association/Nike All-Americans (Norman, Jackson, Carey and Erneisha Bailey). Three of Applin's players went on to have WNBA careers including Jamie Carey (Connecticut Sun), Jackson (New York Liberty) and Edwina Brown (Houston Comets).
Applin was the head women's basketball coach at Hampton University from 1995-97, where he signed two Nike High School All-Americans (Danielle Dawson and Felecia Bryant) and his recruiting classes were ranked among the nation's top-30 by the Blue Star Report. While at Hampton, 13 of Applin's student-athletes attained Dean's List status, while his teams maintained the highest grade-point average in program history. Prior to his time at Hampton, Applin spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Houston (1993-95), where he was responsible for bringing in a pair of top-25 recruiting classes.
His first collegiate assistant coaching position was a five-year tenure at North Carolina (1988-93), where he served as the recruiting coordinator for the nationally-ranked Tar Heels. Applin signed All-American standouts Sylvia Crawley, Tonya Sampson and Charlotte Smith, as well as All-America two-sport star Marion Jones, who went on to become a U.S. Olympic and World Championship sprint and long jump gold medalist. Crawley, Sampson and Smith all went on to play in the ABL (American Basketball League), while Smith and Crawley played in the WNBA.
In addition to his collegiate coaching resume, Applin did some advance scouting for the Washington Mystics in the summer of 2008 and the Atlanta Dream in the summer of 2009. The Dream advanced to the 2009 WNBA Playoffs.
Off the court, Applin is a noted speaker and champion of community service. He has initiated numerous promotional and service endeavors surrounding his basketball programs. While an assistant at Texas, he was heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Champions for Christ.
A member of the Black Coaches Association (BCA) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Applin was selected to the 2007 BCA Achieving Coaching Excellence program for ethnic minority male and female basketball coaches. He was included in the first class for male coaches.
In 1985, he earned a bachelor's degree in recreation at Elon College as a two-sport athlete in football and track and field. He was a member of the NAIA National Championship football team, and a student coach and manager for the women's basketball team. Applin received his master's degree in therapeutic recreation from North Carolina Central University in 1989.
Applin was a commissioned officer in the North Carolina National Guard and completed his U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer School Training at Fort Lee (Virginia) in 1986. He and his wife, Cora, have two daughters, Anaiah and Hillary, and a son, Michael.
“We have hired one of the premier recruiters in the country in Fred Applin,” Macy said. “He will bring excitement, passion and experience to our program. He wants to be a part of the Pirate Nation and has shown the work ethic to really help us realize our vision.”
In 10 seasons as the head coach at UNC Wilmington, Hancock became the program’s leader in victories at the NCAA Division I level. She reached another personal milestone during the 2007-08 campaign, becoming just the second coach in the school’s history to amass 100 wins when the Seahawks defeated East Carolina Dec. 20.
In 2005-06, Hancock guided a team which had six freshmen and no seniors to a 15-13 overall record. In addition, the Seahawks, who were selected to finish 11th in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), ended up with a 9-9 record and in sixth-place. Sasha Taylor had a remarkable season, earning CAA Rookie-of-the-Week honors five times during the year and being named to the league’s all-rookie Team.
Off the court that year, Michaela Vezenkova received the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award, given to the student-athlete in the conference who best combines academics, community service and athletics. Vezenkova also joined teammates Stephanie Fernald and Bethany Stranges on the CAA All-Academic Team.
Under Hancock’s watch, the program accomplished many firsts. Cherie Lea was honored as the institution’s first Dean Ehlers Award recipient in women’s basketball following the 2003-04 season while the 2002-03 squad produced the Seahawks’ first 20-win campaign as a member of the NCAA. The squad was 22-6 overall and ranked in the Top 10 nationally in scoring defense and defensive field goal percentage. Hancock was named CAA Coach-of-the-Year, becoming the only coach-of-the-year award recipient in the program’s 34-year history.
A native of Elizabethtown, N.C., Hancock previously served as an assistant for Sylvia Hatchell’s UNC Chapel Hill program for eight seasons and was an integral part of Hatchell’s staff from 1992-2000. Hancock helped the Tar Heels win the national championship in 1994 and capture Atlantic Coast Conference titles in 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998.
Hancock earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wingate University in 1992 before receiving her master of arts in exercise and sports science (sports administration) from North Carolina in 2000.
As a player at Wingate, she excelled both on and off the court. She was a four-time all-conference and all-district performer, leading the Bulldogs to a combined 103-23 record and four postseason trips during her stint.
Hancock served as team captain for three years and led Wingate in scoring as a senior with 19.9 points per game. She was one of 52 regional candidates for the second annual NCAA Woman-of-the-Year award in recognition of her achievements in athletics, academics and community service.
Hancock was the 1991-92 NCAA Division II female winner of the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award, sponsored by the University Sertoma Club in Columbus, Ohio, and also received the 1992 South Atlantic Conference President Award as the top student-athlete in the league.
In addition to her academic and athletic success at Wingate, Hancock served as senior class vice president and was active in volunteer work. She won the Budd E. and Ethel K. Smith Cup, which is awarded to the graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution through leadership. In 1998, she was inducted into the Wingate Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hancock, a four-year starter at East Bladen High School, ranks 15th on the all-time prep scoring list in North Carolina and fifth since the adoption of the five-player rule in girl’s basketball.
She coached AAU basketball from 1990-92 as head of the Greensboro Emeralds 12-under team, and also worked as an assistant coach for the same group’s 16 and 18-under teams.
An active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Hancock has participated in YES clinics and Coaches vs. Cancer Clinics. She has also served as the conference captain for women’s basketball with the Colonial Athletic Association.
“Ann is a great fit for our program because she has 10 years of head coaching experience, as well as a national championship to her credit while working with Sylvia Hatchell at North Carolina,” Macy stated. “That experience, combined with a tireless work ethic, will really benefit us as we continue the attempt to develop into a force in Conference USA and nationally.
“Fred and Ann were an integral part of the Tar Heels’ national championship squad and I think they have combined to help us assemble the ‘dream team’ staff.”
Hayes, a former standout player at East Carolina under head coach Anne Donovan, makes her return to Greenville after coaching basketball at Farmville Central High School from 1998-2006 and Holly Springs High School the past four seasons.
While at Holly Springs, Hayes was instrumental in developing and implementing the athletic program for the new school, serving as assistant athletic director, Health Department chair and a health and physical education teacher. She also was the head coach for women’s basketball, women’s track and field, men’s and women’s cross country, and volleyball.
In her time at Farmville Central, Hayes was an assistant athletic director (2005-06) as well as a health and physical education teacher. She also worked for the East Carolina University Department of Recreation Services as a basketball official and instructor from 2001-06 and as a graduate assistant in Adaptive Recreation from 2001-02.
As the Jaguars’ head women’s basketball coach, Hayes led her team to the North Carolina 2A state title in 2006 and regional titles in 2004 and 2005. Farmville Central was also the regional runner-up in 2003. Additionally, Hayes led the volleyball team to a regional title and state championship game appearance in 2005.
From 1994-98, Hayes enjoyed a successful playing career at ECU, earning four letters and leading the team in steals with 34 during the 1997-98 campaign. She helped the Pirates reach the CAA Tournament final in 1997, defeating Richmond and VCU along the way. She received her bachelor’s of science in exercise sports science from East Carolina in 1998 before staying in Greenville to complete requirements for a master of arts in athletic administration and Teacher’s Certification “M” license in 2002.
Hayes has garnered a plethora of accolades during her coaching career, including Eastern Plains Conference Coach-of-the-Year (1998-99), the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award (2001-02), Daily Reflector Pitt County Coach-of-the-Year (2003-06), Carolina (1A) Conference Coach-of-the-Year (2003-05), Carolina (2A) Conference Coach-of-the-Year (2005-06) and North Carolina 2A Coach-of-the-Year (2006).
Hayes is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the North Carolina Coaches Association.
“Reconnecting the past to the present is an important part of the growth of this program,” Macy said. “We have demonstrated this commitment and have hit a home run with the addition of Shay Hayes to our staff.”
Sciaretta arrives in Greenville after a two-year stint as Macy’s assistant coach at Francis Marion. Her responsibilities included recruiting, on-floor coaching and academic support.
“Carol Sciaretta is my right hand,” Macy remarked. “We have been to two NCAA Tournaments and the Sweet Sixteen together. She is a winner, a role model and was my MVP for the past two years.”
During her first year at Francis Marion, Sciaretta helped guide the Patriots to a 27-5 record and a No. 14 national ranking while also working with the nation’s highest-scoring offense. FMU advanced to the Sweet Sixteen after capturing the Peach Belt regular season conference title. Last season, the Patriots were again 27-5 while making it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and ending the season ranked 20th nationally.
Prior to her time at Francis Marion, Sciaretta served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. She also administered the honors math program (grades 4-8) at the Blue Ribbon School-awarded St. Genevieve School for the 2007-08 academic year. Sciaretta has coached in the Oreland (Pa.) Basketball Summer Youth League and has taken part in the Buzz Braman Offensive Skills Camp in Columbia, Md.
Sciaretta earned a B.A. degree in business from the Catholic University of America in 2003. A four-year starter on the women’s basketball team, she ended her career as the third-leading scorer with 1,404 points. Sciaretta earned All-Capitol Athletic Conference recognition twice and was a four-time All-CAC Academic Team honoree while serving as team captain for two campaigns.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“Coach Macy has done an outstanding job of selecting and assembling the perfect staff for East Carolina University. The staff she has put together has a unique blend of talent, experience and vast basketball knowledge that makes this combination of coaches exceptional. Both Fred and Ann were integral parts of building the 1994 National Championship team at the University of North Carolina. Because of this experience, they know what it takes to reach the highest level. With both of them having roots in eastern North Carolina, they have a natural love for the people and community. With their work ethic, I know they will assist Coach Macy in any way possible in order to achieve success. East Carolina women’s basketball is poised to make great strides at the conference and national level.” – North Carolina women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell
"Shay Hayes was one of the finest student athletes I coached while at ECU. Her work ethic and competitiveness were an example to others. I have watched Shay grow into a highly successful basketball coach as well as a tremendous role model and mentor. Shay is a fine representative of all that is good at East Carolina University." – Seton Hall head coach and former East Carolina women’s basketball head coach Anne Donovan
“I am extremely honored and humbled to have this opportunity to be a part of the East Carolina University family. I am excited to begin this wonderful journey with Coach Macy. She has been a winner in all facets of basketball and has a passionate vision to advance far into the NCAA Tournament each year. ECU is a great university for academics and athletics. I would also like to thank our Athletic Director Terry Holland who is the driving force for the East Carolina Athletic Department." – Assistant Coach Fred Applin
“It is a thrill to become part of a great staff. ECU and Greenville are wonderful and the people associated with this university really make it standout from other places. All of the pieces are in place for us to do some exceptional things here and I am looking forward to making it work with Coach Macy and the rest of the staff.” – Assistant Coach Ann Hancock
“I am very happy to make a return to East Carolina and enjoy this homecoming of sorts. Working for Coach Macy is going to be a wonderful experience. She has such a great vision for this program. I look forward to all of the great success we are about to enjoy in the next few years and beyond.” – Assistant Coach Shay Hayes
“It is exciting to become a part of the East Carolina University basketball family. The administration, players and community have gone above and beyond to open their arms and welcome us. I am fortunate to continue to be a part of Coach Macy’s staff and I look forward to working hard with her and the tremendous coaches and players. She has a strong and passionate vision that will continue to bring success to the pirate Program.” – Director of Basketball Operations Carol Sciaretta