Lou Hamilton is in his second season as an assistant coach with the NSU women’s basketball program. Hamilton’s main duties include working with the Spartans’ post players in addition to coordinating recruiting, community service initiatives, as well as coordinating team managers and practice players.
In his first season with the Spartans, Hamilton coached two of the MEAC’s top 10 rebounders in conference leader Siobhan Beslow and Kayla Roberts, who was 10th. Beslow also ranked first in the MEAC in offensive rebounds, second in field-goal percentage and sixth in blocked shots. Roberts finished fifth in the league in defensive rebounds and eighth in blocks.
Hamilton, was instrumental in the signing of NSU head coach Larry Vickers first recruiting class.
Prior to Norfolk State, Hamilton, was the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach in charge of post players at Delaware State, has six years of experience coaching at Division I HBCUs. He has also served stints at Grambling State University of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and North Carolina A&T of the MEAC.
In 2014-15, Hamilton helped mentor a pair of double-digit scorers at DSU. Post player Tierra Hawkins earned All-MEAC first-team honors while ranking sixth in the MEAC in scoring (16.1 points per game), while frontcourt teammate Amber Bogard averaged 13.4 points per game. Thanks in part to the efforts of those two players, DSU led the MEAC in field goal percentage.
A former high school and AAU coach, Hamilton broke into the collegiate ranks on Patricia Cage-Bibbs' staff at North Carolina A&T in 2010. Hamilton spent two seasons on the Lady Aggies' bench, helping them compiled a 19-13 MEAC record. He served as recruiting coordinator and worked primarily with N.C. A&T's post players. While in Greensboro, Hamilton helped recruit several standout players, including Eboni Ross, who went onto win the MEAC Rookie of the Year Award in 2012-13. Ross was one of two future MEAC All-Rookie Team players recruited by Hamilton to North Carolina A&T.
Following the 2011-12 season, Hamilton moved along with Cage-Bibbs to Grambling State. After again serving as her recruiting coordinator and assistant in charge of post players in 2012-13, Hamilton was interim head coach for GSU in 2013-14 with Cage-Bibbs sidelined for health reasons. Grambling improved from ninth place in the SWAC standings in 2012-13 to seventh the following season, including a first-round SWAC Tournament victory.
Also while at Grambling, Hamilton helped the Lady Tigers sign a pair of Parade All-American high school performers, Dennisha Chambers and Ahlisha Henderson.
Before entering the college ranks, Hamilton coached at the high school level and with multiple AAU and youth league organizations.
Hamilton, a native of Greenville, S.C., was a three-sport athlete in high school. He began his collegiate career as a football student-athlete at Charleston Southern before transferring to Fayetteville State University to finish his collegiate career. Hamilton earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Fayetteville State in 1995.
Danielle Bell enters her first season as a member of Norfolk State University women’s basketball coaching staff. Bell, who joins the Spartans as an assistant coach, brings a wealth of experience from working in the SEC and the Atlantic 10 conferences.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities and working with the team’s guards, the Virginia Beach, Va. native’s other duties include scheduling, recruiting, team academics, film exchange, game preparation and managing summer camps.
Prior to NSU, Bell spent three seasons (2013-16) as director of basketball operations at Richmond. In that capacity, she helped oversee the administrative tasks for her alma mater, including supervising managers and practice players, managing the team’s uniforms and equipment, and serving as co-director for Richmond’s summer camps.
Prior to Richmond, Bell spent three seasons working in the SEC with a one-year stint at Auburn (2012-13) and two seasons at Georgia (2010-12). At Auburn, she served as director of operations for the Tigers. In addition to overseeing the administrative tasks that supported the women’s basketball team, Bell helped coordinate team travel, managed practice logistics, assisted in game-day preparations, served as academic liaison and maintained the recruiting database.
Bell’s first stint in the SEC came at the University of Georgia, where she served as a graduate assistant coach while she attended graduate school. She was a part of a Georgia program that went 45-20 in her two seasons and advanced to two NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011 under Hall of Fame coach Andy Landers.
At Georgia, Bell assisted in the day-to-day operations of the program, including practice, travel and official recruit visits. In addition, she aided in player development with an emphasis on the team’s guards, and also helped with in-game responsibilities and in the marketing of the Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball camps.
Bell was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter for Richmond from 2006-10. She helped guide the Spiders to consecutive 20-win seasons and two postseason appearances. Bell completed her career seventh in the school record books with 133 career three-pointers and was the Atlantic 10's top 3-point shooter as a freshman, connecting on 51.9 percent of her shots from behind the arc. She was also named A-10 Rookie of the Week once as a freshman. Bell finished her collegiate career with 801 career points.
Bell was a four-year letterwinner at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach and is a veteran of the Boo Williams AAU summer league program. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Richmond in 2010 and received her master's degree in adult education and sports management from Georgia in 2012.
Tamoria Holmes is in her first season as an assistant coach on the Norfolk State women’s basketball staff in 2016-17.
Holmes will also work with the team's backcourt. Her other responsibilities include recruiting, team travel, game preparation and overseeing the team's strength and conditioning program.
Holmes comes to NSU after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C. Last season, with Holmes on the bench, the Hawks compiled a 20-9 record, including a 13-3 mark in the CIAA. The Hawks earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional in March. In Holmes' two seasons at Chowan, the Hawks posted a 22-10 conference record.
Chowan was Holmes' first coaching stop following her successful playing career at Howard (2009-13). Holmes was a two-year captain of the Lady Bison, who advanced to the MEAC tournament championship game three times in her career. Holmes' best season came in 2011-12, when she was a first-team All-MEAC performer after leading the conference in scoring (18.3 points per game). Holmes also ranked fourth in the MEAC in steals (2.5) and sixth in free-throw percentage (77.0) that season, which culminated in Howard posting a 24-9 record (14-2 MEAC) and earning a berth in the WNIT.
Holmes, who topped the 1,000 career point mark at Howard, also earned second-team HBCU All-America honors following the 2011-12 season.
A Durham, N.C. native, Holmes earned her bachelor's degree in health science from Howard in 2013.