O'BOYLE ANNOUNCES PROMOTION, STAFF ADDITIONS

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Basketball head coach Beth O'Boyle has announced a staff promotion as well as two additions for the 2018-19 season.

Assistant coach Nerlande Nicolas has added the title of recruiting coordinator in addition to her coaching duties while Richmond native Ka'lia Johnson has been hired to serve as the team's video coordinator. Erica Snow will join the staff as a graduate assistant. 

"We a take a great deal of pride in developing our coaching staff and helping prepare them for continued success in their careers. I am looking forward to Nerlande taking the next step as she coordinates our national and international recruiting efforts," O'Boyle said.

Nicolas has served on O'Boyles staff for the duration of O'Boyle's tenure at VCU and served one season on her staff at Stony Brook in 2013-14. Nicolas launched her coaching career at her alma mater, Rutgers-Newark, where she spent three seasons. Nicolas also spent time as a member of the coaching staff at both Rhode Island and Dayton before joining O'Boyle at Stony Brook and VCU.

Johnson is a former standout player at Duke University and Richmond native. She served as the graduate assistant at UNCG from 2016-18 after playing professionally overseas.

"We are thrilled to add Ka'lia to our coaching staff and welcome her back to her hometown and the Richmond community. Ka'lia will bring a wealth of knowledge from her terrific career at Duke and from her vast professional playing experience," O'Boyle said.

Prior to UNCG, Johnson played professionally with stints at BLK Slavia Praha and Alte Kanti Aarau. At Duke, Johnson was a member of the 2013 ACC Tournament Champion squad at Duke and helped her team reach the NCAA Elite Eight during her time with the Blue Devils. 

She served as a team captain and started 32 games at point guard as a senior and finished ranked fifth in the ACC in assists per game.

Johnson graduated from nearby Thomas Dale High School and was the 2011 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year and a three-time Central District Player of the Year. She was also named a four-time First Team All-District, First Team All-Metro, First Team All-Academic District and First Team All-Academic Region selection.


Snow joins the staff as a graduate assistant after serving as an assistant coach in 2017 at Division III Bethany College. Snow had a successful playing career at Montclair State where she helped The Red Hawks win the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and appear in the NCAA Tournament in each of Snow's three seasons with the team.

"We are very excited that Erica will be joining our program. Erica has such a passion for the game and is genuinely eager to help develop our student athletes on and off the court," O'Boyle said.

Snow was a member of the 2014-15 Montclair State team that went 31-2 overall, reached the Division III Final Four and ended the year ranked No. 3 in the final Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll. Snow ended her playing career with a 79-12 record as a member of the Red Hawks, including a 46-6 mark against NJAC opponents.