Joy Cheek Awarded WBCA's Thirty Under 30 Award

March 15, 2018

WBCA Release

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.– Vanderbilt assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Joy Cheek has been awarded the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 award. The award is given to 30 of the up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under across all levels of the sport.

“We are so proud of Joy,” said Vanderbilt head coach Stephanie White. “She is the consummate professional, a student of the game and a rising star in our profession. We are grateful for the impact she makes daily on our program.”

“The WBCA is pleased to recognize up-and-coming talent in our coaching family. The 30 coaches who have been named to receive the Thirty Under 30 Award are deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for distinguishing themselves early in their careers,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “These coaches have demonstrated eagerness, effectiveness, loyalty, love of the game, and a commitment to the student-athlete. We celebrate their effort on the basketball court as teachers and equally applaud the extensive role they play in impacting the lives of their student-athletes.”

“2018 has become known as the ‘year of the woman’ and Marriott is thrilled to recognize 30 highly talented coaches who have also been outstanding members of their communities,” said Kieran Donahue, vice president, brand, marketing and digital, Marriott International, Americas. “As we continue the second year as the Official Hotel Partner of NCAA, we are incredibly proud of the accomplishments and bright futures of these exceptional female coaches.”

Each recipient has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner and attitude and professional association involvement. Cheek becomes the second SEC women’s basketball assistant coach to earn the honor in the three years of the recognition.

Cheek, a 1,000 point-scorer at Duke and a 2010 WNBA draft pick, is an inaugural member of White’s staff and has an instrumental recruiting asset for the Commodores. Each of Vanderbilt’s last two classes have been ranked in the top 20, including a two-member class ranked No. 18 this fall. Cheek works with Vanderbilt’s post players and has seen tremendous improvement from this group in two seasons. Under the tutelage of Cheek, freshman Autumn Newby led the team in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game this season.

Here are the 2018 WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards® honorees:

  • Samantha Allen, head coach, University of Southern Maine
  • Katie Baker, assistant coach, Oregon State University
  • Katie Bourk, assistant coach, Augustana University
  • Janet Butler, assistant coach, Monmouth University
  • Christal Caldwell, assistant coach, West Virginia University
  • Joy Cheek, assistant coach, Vanderbilt University
  • Taylor Coleman, assistant coach, University of Scranton
  • Camille Collier, assistant coach, Radford University
  • Adria Crawford, assistant coach, College of Charleston
  • Alysha Devine, assistant coach, University of Alaska-Anchorage
  • Kelly Frings, assistant coach, Drury University
  • Stephanie Gehlhausen, assistant coach, Western State Colorado University
  • Marcilina Grayer, assistant coach, Salt Lake Community College
  • Lauren Hayden, assistant coach, Lynchburg College
  • Special Jennings, assistant coach, Flagler College
  • Abby Jump, assistant coach, Morehead State University
  • Tianni Kelly, assistant coach, Florida Southern College
  • Courtney Kust, assistant coach, Hope College
  • Natalie Marlowe, assistant coach, University of Texas-Dallas
  • Chandler McCabe, assistant coach, Bethune-Cookman University
  • Amber Moore, assistant coach, Saint Leo University
  • Drew Muscatell, assistant coach, University of Portland
  • Katelin Oney, assistant coach, University of North Dakota
  • April Phillips, assistant coach, Loyola Marymount University
  • Tobias Pinson, assistant coach, Winthrop University
  • Travis Ponton, assistant coach, Loyola University
  • Sierra Simpson, assistant coach, Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Kayla Tetschlag, assistant coach, University of South Dakota
  • Carly Thibault, assistant coach, Mississippi State
  • Jeanne-Marie Wilson, assistant coach, Northwest Kansas Technical College

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