GREENVILLE, N.C. – Ollin Dunford, Jill Poe and Rachel Stockdale have been named assistant coaches for the East Carolina women’s basketball program, according to an announcement by head coach Heather Macy.
Dunford joins the program after a season at UNC Wilmington where he helped the Seahawks to their second-consecutive 20-win season for the first time in program history and a berth in the WNIT. During his time off the court at UNCW, he assisted in community service and outreach initiatives and served as a keynote speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on numerous occasions.
"I'm thrilled to welcome Ollin and his wife, Siobhan, to Greenville," Macy said. "Ollin is an energetic and passionate coach. He will have a direct role with recruiting and player development. I truly believe Ollin is one of the young bright stars in this profession."
Prior to his time in Wilmington, Dunford was an assistant at USC Upstate where he helped the Spartans compile a 19-12 record and advance to postseason play for the first time in program history with an appearance in the Women's Basketball Invitational. He was also key in the development of Atlantic Sun Player-of-the-Year Chelsea McMillan and Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun selection Tee'Ara Copney while assisting in the recruitment of the Spartans' 2011-12 signing class.
Before arriving in Spartanburg, Dunford spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech, assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Hokies program.
A two-sport athlete at Mars Hill, Dunford played football and basketball for the Lions and was a four-time South Atlantic Conference Commissioners Honor Roll selection. He also served as the representative for the South Atlantic Conference on the NCAA Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.).
Dunford was an all-state football and all-region basketball selection at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, N.C. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Psychology from Mars Hill College in 2008 and completed his Master's of Science degree in Physical Health and Education at Virginia Tech in 2010.
"I am very excited about becoming a part of Pirate Nation," Dunford said. "The opportunity to join Heather Macy’s staff is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family. I believe in Coach Macy and her vision for this program. She is a dynamic leader who is building a championship program.”
Poe owns 18 years of coaching experience at the Division I level, with an emphasis on developing post players, and arrives in Greenville after spending last season as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maine. She was instrumental in bringing in the 36th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Blue Star Basketball, and tops in the America East. The nine-member haul was also rated 57th overall by the Collegiate Girl’s Basketball Report. The Black Bears advanced to the conference tournament and captured a win for the first time since 2006 as Poe mentored two all-conference players and an all-rookie selection.
From 2003-2007, Poe served as head women's basketball coach at St. Francis University, where she guided the Red Flash to a pair of Northeast Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions. While at St. Francis, Poe was instrumental in the development of NEC Player of the Year Beth Swink as well as a pair of NEC Tournament Most Valuable Players. Swink became the school’s first ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American in 2005. Poe also coached a pair of NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipients.
Poe was an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington from 2007-2010. While with the Seahawks, Poe coached Brittany Blackwell to CAA Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-CAA honors. Following her time in Wilmington, she served as Director of Video Services and Scouting for East Carolina during the 2010-11 campaign. Poe was responsible for the film breakdown for all opponents and produced scouting reports for coaches and players.
“Jill is a most welcome addition to the staff,” Macy said. “Her coaching experience and background in the women’s game is extensive. She has led teams to the NCAA Tournament and to conference championships and that pedigree will help lift our program to new heights.”
Prior to taking over the Red Flash program, Poe spent seven seasons as an assistant coach to Dan Durkin at Duquesne, guiding the Dukes to four winning seasons. During her time as an assistant, four student-athletes earned eight Atlantic 10 all-conference honors while five garnered academic all-conference accolades.
Poe got her start in the coaching ranks as a student assistant to Kittie Blakemore as an undergraduate student at West Virginia University. She worked in the communications and journalism fields, covering scholastic basketball for the Dominion Post, a daily newspaper in Morgantown. After graduation, she was a middle and high school educator and coach in Northern Virginia for eight years.
Having earned a B.S. in Physical Education from West Virginia in 1989, Poe has devoted an abundance of time in a variety of clinics throughout her years of coaching including participating in YES (Youth Education through Sports) events and Coaches vs. Cancer clinics.
Poe served as a voter for the WBCA and USA Today top 25 polls from 2005-07 and is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
“It is an honor to rejoin Coach Heather Macy's staff at East Carolina,” Poe said. “She is such a dynamic coach and person whose energy and dedication to success is indisputable. I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to Pirate Nation and work with her and this staff to continue to move forward. From the support of the administration to the hard work of the returning players, it is a testimony to the exciting things happening in this program and in the athletic department.”
Rachel Stockdale spent last season as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University. The Demon Deacons' 2011-12 season was one of the best in school-history. Wake Forest won 20 games for just the second time ever and made a trip to the postseason for only the fifth time in school history.
"Rachel is going to shine at ECU," Macy said. "She coaches and recruits with the same competitive fire she displayed as a player. Her coaching and playing experience in North Carolina will greatly benefit our program and she will make a difference in our kids’ lives.”
Before arriving in Winston-Salem, Stockdale helped Elon reach new heights as an assistant coach. The Phoenix finished the season with a 20-13 record - the program's best campaign at the Division I level and was only the fifth team in program history to reach the 20-win plateau. The Phoenix's 11 victories at home marked the most home wins in a single season in the Division I era, while the team's postseason appearance in the Women's Basketball Invitational was the first since joining Division I.
Prior to Elon, Stockdale spent the 2007-08 season as the women's team videographer at Wake Forest. During that season, she was responsible for breaking down film and coordinating the film exchange between the Demon Deacons and their opponents. She also provided media relations assistance during the 2008 NCAA Basketball Men's East Regional.
As a student-athlete, Stockdale was a four-year varsity letter-winner at NC State. She led the Wolfpack to three NCAA Tournament appearances while also serving as a team captain. Stockdale earned a spot on the All-ACC Freshman Team and received the Peanut Doak Rookie of the Year award. She received her bachelor's degree from N.C. State in 2006 and was a member of the Dean's List.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to work for East Carolina and Head Coach Heather Macy," Stockdale said. "Her knowledge of, and passion for, the game coupled with the support for ECU Athletics and the women's basketball program, is incredible. I am extremely excited about being a part of helping the Pirates reach new heights and compete for Championships. I am certainly thankful for the opportunity Director of Athletics, Terry Holland, and head coach Heather Macy have given me, and the confidence they have shown in my ability to help elevate this program to new levels."