Lackawanna College announced that it has hired Joya Whittington as its head women’s basketball coach.
Whittington, of Carbondale, graduated from Carbondale Area High School and excelled in women’s basketball. She is a member of the school’s 1,000 point club and was a starter on the team that won a district championship and two conference titles.
Whittington played college basketball at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, At Seton Hill, she helped the team to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in the 2009-10 season. In her senior season, she helped lead the Griffins to a 23-win season and the semifinals of the WVIAC Tournament. Over her four year career, Whittington played in 112 career games and scored 548 career points and secured 470 rebounds. She also had 155 assists and 112 steals.
She graduated from Seton Hill in 2011 with a business degree and received her MBA in May of 2013.
Previous to her being selected as the Lady Falcon’s new head coach, Whittington served two seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hill; where she coordinated the recruiting process including, provided on-floor coaching for team practices and individual instruction, developed scouting reports and game strategies, coordinated video through game tape exchange and coordinated all aspects of strength and conditioning.
Whittington replaces Janice Brim who resigned from her position to take an assistant coach position at her alma mater, NCAA Division I Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C.