CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern head women's basketball coach Fred Applin announced on Wednesday that Deion Craig will join the Bucs' program as assistant coach. Craig comes to CSU from Western Kentucky University where he assisted the women's basketball team and was a former player at Coker College and East Georgia State College.
Craig was a practice player for the WKU women's basketball team that won the 2016-2017 regular season and Conference USA tournament championship and made an NCAA tournament appearance. He received a scholarship to play at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. and was a member of the men's basketball team from 2014-16.
"I am excited about working with coach Applin," Craig said. "His experience in Power 5 conferences and being a part of a National Championship team are goals that I am striving to accomplish in my career. I think he, associate head coach Jill Poe and assistant coach Brad Childers can really enhance my growth and development as a coach and a role model to our players."
Prior to playing at Coker, Craig received a scholarship to play at East Georgia State College and was a member of the team from 2012-14. He was a part of the 2013 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association regular season and conference championship team that made it to the Elite Eight of the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.
"We are very excited to add Deion Craig to our basketball staff," Applin said. "He is a tremendous person and will be involved in a lot of the recruiting, game scheduling, academics and on the court with players."
Coming to CSU, Craig is excited to start his coaching career and learn how to manage a Division I basketball program. He hopes to use his past collegiate playing experience to help the Bucs as they prepare for the 2017-18 season.
"I hope to learn the behind the scenes work that it takes to run a successful women's basketball program at this level," Craig said. "The media aspect, recruiting, practice schedules and players class scheduling. All of these things and more are going to really push me to grow as a young coach, while I try to do my best to contribute my knowledge to help the team."
Craig graduated from Coker College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from Western Kentucky University and is expected to graduate in May of 2018.