Lou Hamilton is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the NSU women’s basketball program in 2018-19. Hamilton’s main duties include working with the Spartans’ post players in addition to coordinating recruiting, community service initiatives, and team managers and practice players.
Norfolk State had its finest season in 16 years in 2017-18, posting an 18-11 record – its first winning season since 2001-02. The 18 wins rank third in program Division-I history and are the most since 2001-02.
Hamilton coached Kayla Roberts to her second-consecutive first team All-MEAC selection and BOXTOROW D-I Second Team All-American honors after the senior forward averaged 14.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Roberts was named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State second team and broke the school’s all-time blocks record.
NSU’s forwards dominated the boards in 2017-18, ranking third in the conference in rebounds per game (42.2), and first in rebounding margin (plus-4.5). Also, the Spartans ranked second nationally in blocks per game (7.3) and set the program’s all-time record for blocked shots (213) in a single season.
Norfolk State improved by 12 wins with Hamilton on the bench in 2016-17, the largest single-season turnaround in program history. The Spartan’s 15 wins tied for the third most in the program’s Division I era and were the most since 2001-02.
Under Hamilton’s coaching, the Spartans ranked third in the MEAC in rebounds per game (42.4) and blocked the sixth-most shots per game in NCAA D-I (5.9). Kayla Roberts averaged nine rebounds per contest in 2016-17, the program’s ninth-highest mark since joining D-I in 1997-98. She also blocked 59 shots, the fourth-most in team history and the most in the D-I era.
In his first season with the Spartans in 2015-16, 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 in 2016.
Prior to Norfolk State, Hamilton was the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach in charge of post players at Delaware State. He has seven years of experience coaching at Division I HBCUs, which includes stints at Grambling State of the SWAC 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.
Jasmine Young begins her first season on the Norfolk State bench in 2018-19. Young brings four years of experience as an assistant coach at the collegiate level and was a standout player at East Carolina.
Young joins the Spartans after a one-year stint at Georgia State in Atlanta, where she assisted Sharon Baldwin, her former coach at ECU. The Panthers ranked in the top half of the Sun Belt in free throw percentage (.735, third), 3-point field goal percentage (.313, fifth) and steals per game (8.3, fourth) in 2017-18.
Under Young’s direction, guard Kierra Henry averaged 14.2 points per game, good for seventh-best in the conference, on 42.9-percent shooting while averaging 3.2 assists per game. Fellow GSU guard Madison Newby ranked second in the Sun Belt in steals per game (2.4) and fourth in assists per game (4.1).
Prior to her stint at Georgia Southern, Young spent three years as an assistant at Virginia Union in Richmond.
In Young’s first year at Virginia Union, the Lady Panthers compiled a 9-18 record. Over the next two seasons, VU went a combined 56-8 and reached the 2017 NCAA Division-II National Championship game.
VU scored 78.5 points per game in 2016-17, a mark that ranked 15th in D-II that season. The Lady Panthers led the CIAA in assists per game (14.7) and field goal percentage (.443) and ranked fifth with 9.7 steals per contest.
The Lady Panthers’ turnaround began during the 2015-16 season, when Virginia Union posted a 28-3 record and captured its first-ever CIAA Tournament title. The Lady Panthers fell just shy of reaching the Final Four, falling to Bentley 53-52 in the Elite Eight.
Before going to Virginia Union, Young was an assistant at Powhatan High School in Richmond. The team posted three winning seasons with Young on the bench. Young helped coach two district players of the year and one regional player of the year.
Young enjoyed a three-year professional career overseas, spending time in Puerto Rico, Poland and Germany. Young made her professional debut in 2009 with Aguas Buenas Tigersas and made an immediate impact, leading the Puerto Rican league in assists while also leading her team to the playoffs.
After splitting time in 2010 between Herne T.C. Club and Klub Sportowy Basket 25, Young returned to the Aguas Buenas Tigersas for her final season in 2011.
Young starred at East Carolina between 2005 and 2009, and ranks fifth in all-time scoring with 1,591 points. She owns the team record with 122 starts and was a four-year All-C-USA second team performer. She thrice earned C-USA all-defensive team accolades and was the first Pirate to earn C-USA freshman of the year honors, when she did so in 2005-06.
Young ranks second in all-time assists at ECU and owns three of the 10-highest single-season assist marks in program history. Similarly, her 264 steals are tied for the second-most in team history, and Young appears twice on the single-season steals top-10 list.
Young holds two bachelor’s degrees from East Carolina, graduating in 2009 with degrees in communications and criminal justice.
Prior to college, Young played for Monacan High School in Richmond.
Kymesha Alston was hired as a women’s basketball assistant coach prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.
For the past three years, Alston has served as an assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach at Hampton High School. During her time on the Crabbers’ bench, Alston helped coach five all-Peninsula District players.
Prior to her years at Hampton, Alston spent time as the head junior varsity girls’ basketball coach at both Kecoughtan High School and Hampton HS.
Alston also brings experience at the AAU level to the Spartans, having served as the head girls’ basketball coach for the Boo Williams BWSL 15U Alston team in 2017 and assisting the staff of the Newport News Lady Vikings in 2012. In addition, she served as a camp facilitator for the 2011 Boo Williams Summer League.
From 2014 to 2017, Alston competed in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball league – first with the Virginia Lady Stallions and then with the Virginia Lady Warriors.
Alston spent the 2011-12 season in the Greek League, playing for Appollon Kalamarias.
She enjoyed a four-year collegiate basketball career, spending time at both Manhattan and Radford.
During her senior season in 2009-10, Alston led Radford in scoring with 12.1 points and shared the team lead with 6.0 rebounds per game.
Alston’s junior year saw her lead the Highlanders in rebounds (8.3) and field goal percentage (47.8) while ranking second on the team with 11.3 points per game. Alston ranked third in the Big South Conference in rebounding, sixth in field goal shooting and 12th in scoring.
She posted seven double-doubles as a junior, including a 10-point, career-best 17-rebound performance in the Big South Tournament. Earlier that season, Alston recorded a career high with 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting.
Alston appeared in 26 games for Radford in her debut season in 2007-08, averaging 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds.
As a freshman in 2005-06, Alston played in 28 games for Manhattan, making eight starts for the Jaspers. Alston posted averages of 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 17 blocks.
A 2010 graduate of Radford with a bachelor’s in sociology, Alston received her master’s in clinical psychology and counseling from Capella University in 2018 and is a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Alston graduated from Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia and earned first team All-Peninsula District honors during her junior and senior years. In addition, she was named a Daily Press all-star twice in her prep career and was Heritage’s MVP as a junior and senior.
Alston currently resides in Hampton with her six-year-old son, Jordan.
Director of Operations
Tyler Dandridge joined the Norfolk State women’s basketball team as the Director of Basketball Operations prior to the 2018-19 season.
Dandridge came to the Spartans after a one-year stint as a women’s basketball assistant coach at Motlow State in Smyrna, Tennessee. He served as recruiting coordinator for head coach LaTanya Collins and was responsible for film management and the travel logistics of the team and supervised student managers.
Prior to Motlow State, Dandridge was a men’s basketball graduate assistant under head coach Josh Merkel at NCAA Division-III Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The Yellow Jackets posted a 17-9 record in 2016-17, including a 13-3 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and shared the regular-season title.
At RMC, Dandridge made travel arrangements for the team, orchestrated player development, coordinated practices and served as an assistant director for basketball camps.
Dandridge also brings experience as a coach at the AAU level, and has served as an assistant coach under Morris Smith on the Boo Williams BWSL 16U Gold team since 2015.
Dandridge graduated from Old Dominion University in 2016 with a degree in occupational and technical studies, with a concentration in marketing education. While at ODU, Dandridge served as a student manager for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. He also holds a master’s degree in sports leadership from the VCU School of Sports Leadership.
Dandridge currently teaches sports marketing and entrepreneurship at Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia. He also assists the A.W. Smith Financial Group with social media and marketing.
He is also active with the South Sudan Girls’ Basketball Association, an organization striving to bring girls’ basketball alongside philanthropic ventures to South Sudan.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Dandridge graduated from Patrick Henry High School and played high school basketball for four years. During his high school career, Dandridge received all-Capital District recognition three times and was a three-time all-academic team honoree.