Wyketha Harrell | Assistant Coach
Wyketha Harrell is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the New Orleans Privateers women’s basketball team. Harrell handles the preparation and organization of recruiting, the UNO women’s basketball camps and clinics, game scheduling, development of the post players and forwards, and game preparation and scouting reports. She also serves as the team liaison for community involvement.
Under Harrell's tutelage, Shania Woods earned Southland Conference honorable mention in 2017-18. Woods is also poised to enter the top ten in program history in rebounding during the 2018-19 season.
Harrell joins the Privateers after a three year stint at Kent State as an assistant coach. While at Kent State, Harrell played a vital role in the academic success of the women's basketball program. Her daily contact with the student-athletes and the Athletic Academic Service staff helped the team to attain its highest team GPA in each of the last four seasons along with a perfect graduation rate ending in 2015. She also recruited and coached Cici Shannon, 6’4 center, who earned Academic All-MAC honors and was a MAC All-Conference honoree (3rd team) and went on to sign a contract to play with Reims Basket in France.
Prior to Kent State, Harrell was an assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2007-2012. During her time with the Kangaroos, Harrell helped guide the program to their only two postseason appearances in school history. Harrell’s final season at UMKC was historic, as the Kangaroos finished with a 22-11 record, marking only the second 20-win season in school history, including the most road (six) and neutral wins (four). Under current Texas Tech Head Coach, Candi Whitaker, the Kangaroos earned their programs first postseason appearance ever, to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in 2012.
UMKC blossomed into one of the Summit League’s top teams with the aid of Harrell, bringing in the No. 84 recruiting class in the nation in 2012 and the No. 55 ranked recruiting class to UMKC in 2011, including No. 77 Ashli Hill. In the classroom, Harrell aided in leading the Kangaroos to one of their most successful seasons as nine 'Roos were named to The Summit League Winter/Spring Academic All-League Team, six were named to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence and two were named Distinguished Scholars. Harrell has also been a part of two international trips by the UMKC women's basketball program, to the Bahamas in 2009 and to Costa Roca in 2011.
Harrell joined the Kangaroos after spending the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at Missouri Southern State University. Harrell helped lead the Lions to a 14-13 overall record, including a win over No. 2 Missouri Western. Prior to joining the MSSU staff, Harrell also served as an assistant coach for one season at Garden City (Kan.) Community College.
Harrell was a four-year collegiate player, starting her career at Rockhurst University where she started 14-of-24 games as a freshman. After transferring to Missouri Southern for her sophomore season, the Kansas City, Mo., native was part of a turnaround that saw the Lions improve from a 10-17 record the season prior to her arrival to a school-best 19-9 overall record during her senior season. She averaged 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest, shooting a team-high 57.5 percent from the floor en route to an All-MIAA accolade.
In addition to her coaching experience, Harrell worked as an Educational Assistant with the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King. She played an active part in her local community by participating with UMKC Association for Women of Color and serving as a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Board to the Women's Center (CABWC), WIN for KC (Kansas city non-profit), National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the Black Coaches Association (BCA), A Step Up Assistant Coaches Symposium, and the Women Coaches Academy (WCA), showing her dedication to women in athletics and professional development.
Harrell received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with an emphasis in kinesiology from Missouri Southern State University in 2004. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Sport and Recreation Management.
Alpha English | Assistant Coach
Alpha English enters his eighth season as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Privateers women's basketball program, joining UNO during the 2011-12 season.
English's main responsibilities include working with guards and scouting.
In 2014-15, English worked primarily with the post players. Last year's highlight performances included the emergence of Halie Matthews as a true freshman and Yasmin Taylor landing in the top ten in the Southland in offensive rebounds and steals.
English came to UNO as an assistant coach after a four-year stint on the Louisiana College women’s basketball coaching staff. During his four years at LC, the Wildcats produced an 80-26 record with three NCAA Division III All-Americans, 17 All-Conference selections and 17 All-Academic honorees.
English’s tenure at LC included a stint as interim head basketball coach for the 2008-09 season, when at the age of 26, he directed the program to a 16-9 record and a berth in the American Southwest Conference tournament in the absence of then-head coach Janice Joseph-Richard, who was battling cancer.
Prior to his arrival in Louisiana, English was a member of the San Jose State women's basketball coaching staff from 2001 through 2007.
English began his career at SJSU as a student assistant before being promoted to video coordinator in 2004. A position as Director of Basketball Operations followed for the 2005-06 season before a one-year stint as assistant women's basketball coach in 2006-07.
As an undergraduate, English obtained his Bachelors’ of Science degree in Business Marketing while at SJSU.
Kristin Moore | Assistant Coach
Kristin Moore is entering her third season as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans. Moore handles the preparation and organization of special events, fundraising, and her primary responsibility on the court is the player development of the point guards.
The native of Irving, Texas, joins the Privateers after a two-year stint at the University of Texas as an Athletics Accountant. Moore was responsible for managing business operations for men’s and women’s basketball including budget management, contract execution, travel reimbursements and payment and procurement requests.
She began her coaching career as a Player Development Coach at Stay Ready Basketball in Dallas for girls and boys ages 7-18. She served as an assistant coach under former WNBA coach Candi Harvey for the Texas Elite AAU team and was a Game Night Statistician for the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks from 2013-2015.
A Big East Conference Academic All-Star, the former St. John’s University point guard helped guide the Red Storm to back-to-back berths in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) in 2008 and 2009
Moore transferred to St. John’s University from Tyler (Texas) Junior College (2005-2007) where she had a standout career and advanced to the consolation bracket of the NJCAA National Tournament finishing 28-8 overall. She was an Academic All-American and earned All-Region and All-National Tournament Team honors.
Kendall Shaw | Director of Operations
Kendall Shaw was named director of basketball operations for the University of New Orleans women’s basketball program in the summer of 2018 and enters her first season on the Lakefront.
A former Division I student-athlete, Shaw played at Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin, earning her bachelor’s and master’s, respectively.
Earning her masters at UW, Shaw played in 47 total games for the Badgers, starting 14. She averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds and collected 19 blocks in both seasons for Wisconsin. While there, she was Academic All-Big Ten.
Prior to her two seasons in Wisconsin, Shaw was a four-year member of the Vanderbilt women’s hoop team, playing in 56 games. She was nominated for the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Team and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in the Commodores’ win over Mississippi Valley State November 15, 2015.
A Mont Belvieu, Texas native, Kendall is the daughter of Robert and Tammy Shaw. Her father played basketball at Rice University from 1979-83 and her brother Keaton plays at St. Thomas University in Houston.
Shaw earned her bachelor’s in child studies and medicine, health and society in May 2016 from Vanderbilt and received her master’s in athletic administration and leadership from Wisconsin in May 2018.