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Stokes Named to WBCA ‘Thirty Under 30’

Stokes Named to WBCA ‘Thirty Under 30’

LILBURN, Ga. – Oral Roberts University women's basketball assistant coach Kyron Stokes has been named to the inaugural Women's Basketball Coaches Association's 'Thirty Under 30' list released by the organization Friday.

"We're excited for Kyron to be recognized by the WBCA and our coaching peers for his outstanding work and professionalism," said head coach Misti Cussen. "He represents our program and university in an outstanding manner on a daily basis, and we are proud to have him as a pillar of our basketball family here at ORU. He is a joy to work with, and I know I speak for our players, staff, and athletic department in congratulating him on this tremendous honor."

The WBCA Thirty Under 30 special recognition program was created to honor 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each recipient has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner and attitude and professional association involvement.

Stokes joined the Golden Eagles first as a player for Scott Sutton, where he was a member of two 20-win teams during his 77-game collegiate career. After spending the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant for Sutton on the men's team, Stokes was named the director of basketball operations by Cussen on June 6, 2012.

He was promoted to assistant coach before the 2013-14 season where he has helped guide the Golden Eagles to a pair of postseason appearances. ORU reached the NCAA tournament after winning the Southland Conference tournament and then last season reached the WBI Semifinals.

A native of Mansfield, Texas, Stokes plays a vital role in scouting and player development for ORU and also shares responsibility in recruiting. During his time on the bench the Golden Eagles have posted a 40-28 mark during conference play that spans two seasons in the Southland Conference and two in The Summit League.

"The WBCA has created a new program to recognize up and coming talent in our coaching family.  The 30 coaches who have been named Thirty Under 30 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."

The complete list of honorees is listed below:



Mackenzie Argens

California Poly State

Amy Beggin

New Mexico

Gayle Coats

Wake Forest

Melissa D'Amico


Courtney Davidson


Maisie Elston

Birmingham Southern

David Foley


Alysa Horn


Aarika Hughes

New Mexico State

Ashley Hutchcraft-Nance

Conway High School

Jessie Ivey

West Florida

Misha Jackson


Vanessa Keeler-Johnson

Minnesota State-Moorhead

Kelsey Keizer

Southwest Baptist

Jessica Keller

Columbia College (Missouri)

Crystal Kelly


Kate Lynch

Southern Connecticut State

Joy McCorvey


Tamela McCorvey

Northwest Florida State

Katherine Menendez


Sahar Nusseibeh

Bowling Green

Kari Pickens


Alex Richey


Jon Silver


Joseph Silvestri

Central Florida

Stephanie Stevens


Kyron Stokes

Oral Roberts

Adam Tandez

Truman State

Lynsey Warren

Ohio Dominican

Ana Wurtz

Winona State 

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