Palm Beach Atlantic University has been awarded an NCAA Division II Coaching Enhancement Grant of $16,000 a year for the next two years for the creation of a women’s assistant basketball coach position.
The program is designed to address the issues of access, recruitment, selection and long-term success of women, ethnic minorities and other individuals in the division while seeking to overcome hiring barriers.
Each institution receiving the grant is required to make a financial commitment toward the positions for the two years of grant funding as well as for three additional years thereafter.
“We are thrilled to have been selected for this grant award and look forward to the benefits our student-athletes will experience within our women’s basketball program of having another qualified coach to assist in their development as well-rounded student-athletes,” PBA Athletic Director Carolyn Stone said.
The new assistant coach, Boderick Johnson, will work alongside Head Coach Carlos Palacio in recruiting, player development, academic monitoring and other duties as assigned.
Johnson previously served as assistant varsity coach at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Fla., where he recently assisted with the development of the school’s first McDonald’s All-American player. He also coached several teams for travel basketball program Essence Girls Basketball Inc. over a seven-year period.