Over the past few months, the WVU Women’s Basketball team has made not only changes to their roster, but changes to their staff as well. Last month, Head Coach Mike Carey announced the addition of two new assistant coaches to his program. These roles were filled by Donchez Graham and Malikah Willis.
Graham, a native of Balitmore, comes to the Mountaineers from Morgan State, where he was an assistant for four years. He was in charge of recruiting, opponent scouting, and working with post players.
While at Morgan State, he led the Bears to 53 wins in three seasons and had three Top 100 recruiting classes .
“Coach Graham not only brings coaching experience to our staff but also great recruiting contacts, ” said Carey. “His connection with the D.C. area will be very helpful to our program.”
Associate Head Coach George Porcha agrees.
“Coach Graham has a wealth of Division I coaching experience and will help us to continue recruiting the talent in the Baltimore area as well,” said Porcha.
A New York native, Willis joins Carey’s staff after serving two years at Norfolk State under the same position. Willis was responsible for out-of-state recruiting, travel coordinating, and post player development.
In her playing career, Willis was a first team Parade All-American out of high school and played four years under college coaching icon C. Vivian Stringer at Iowa.
After college, Willis played professionally for Color Cap Tybnik of Poland and Tapiola Honka of Finland in 1999 and Brazil’s Santa Maria Club in 2000.
“Coach Willis not only brings recruiting contacts, but her playing experience will be very useful,” said Carey.
Porcha is not only excited about where she has been, but where she is from.
“Coach Willis is from New York, which is a hot-bed of talent in college basketball,” said Porcha. “We think she will be able to help us recruit from that part of the country.”
While they have only been on the job for two months, Coach Porcha feels they are already making an impact.
“So far they are doing a great job and I expect them to continue to make a smooth transition from coaching lower-level Division I to coaching in the Big East,” said Porcha.
With the new staff in place, Coach Porcha feels very confident about the direction the program is heading.
“The new coaches have brought a new energy, fresh recruiting ideas and a very positive and uplifting attitude to our staff,” said Porcha. “I am looking forward to continue working with them.”