"We are thrilled that Coach Kaleena Coleman has agreed to accept the challenge of leading the women's basketball program," Duncan said. "She is a Laker through and through, having played on Coach Cox's first Laker team, is a graduate of this institution, and has recruited and coached most of the current roster. Coach Coleman is the perfect candidate to lead the Lakers in this critical juncture of our women's basketball history."
A two-year letterwinner under Cox at Clayton State, Coleman has spent nine years on the Laker women's basketball coaching staff. In addition to her coaching duties, she has also assisted in recruiting, scouting and basketball operations. She is also the first former Clayton State student-athlete to take on a head coaching position for their institution.
"She is the heart and soul of Laker women's basketball," Cox said.
Coleman originally transferred to Clayton after two seasons at Darton College in 2003. In her two seasons in a Clayton State uniform, Coleman saw action in 56 games with 16 starts at guard during her senior season. As a senior, she helped steer the second-best turnaround that season in NCAA Division II, leading Clayton State to a 25-7 record and both the Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament championships, as well as the program's first appearance in the NCAA Division II national tournament ... a journey that would be repeated nine more times under Cox's leadership.
Coleman was a two-year letterwinner at Darton, garnering the team's most improved player honor as a sophomore. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Clayton State in May 2006.
• Cox named head coach at San Francisco State