O’BOYLE COMPLETES STAFF WITH NICOLAS, WITKO HIRES

RICHMOND, Va. – Nerlande Nicolas and Stephanie Witko have joined the VCU Women's Basketball staff, Head Coach Beth O'Boyle announced Monday. Nicolas and Witko will team with assistants Rob Norris and Kate DeSorrento, whose hires were announced last week.

Nicolas will serve as an assistant coach under O'Boyle, continuing an association that began last season when both were at Stony Brook. Last year, Nicolas helped O'Boyle and Stony Brook through a 24-9 campaign capped by a WNIT appearance.
 
"I am very excited to have Coach Nicolas join our staff," said O'Boyle. "She has a tremendous ability to connect with our players, and her enthusiasm for the game is contagious. Coach Nicolas works extremely hard, and is becoming one of the top recruiters in the country." 
 
No stranger to the Atlantic 10 Conference, Nicolas worked as director of operations at Dayton during the 2011-12 season and served as Rhode Island's video coordinator in 2010-11. Nicolas launched her coaching career at her alma mater, Rutgers-Newark, where she spent three seasons. Nicolas was awarded bachelor's and master's degrees by Rutgers-Newark in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
 
Witko joins VCU as director of operations. She worked under O'Boyle at Stony Brook in the same capacity in 2013-14. She will handle many of the Rams' day-to-day operations, including travel arrangements.
 
"It is such a pleasure to add Stephanie as our director of operations," O'Boyle said. "Her contributions in managing all aspects of our program, her genuine approach, and her keen insights to our coaching staff are invaluable. Stephanie has a great understanding of what it takes to create and sustain a successful program."
 
Witko, along with DeSorrento and Nicolas, was a vital member of Stony Brook's success last season. The Seawolves improved by 10 wins in 2013-14 over the previous campaign.
 
Prior to Stony Brook, Witko was an assistant for two seasons under Mike Strong at Division III powerhouse Scranton. From 2008-11, she served as an assistant at Marymount, where she helped guide the Saints to three straight NCAA bids. In 2009-10, Marymount finished 28-2 and reached the NCAA Division III Sweet 16. Witko received her bachelor's degree from Marymount in 2008 and added a master's from George Washington in 2010.
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