ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville women's basketball head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick has announced today the hiring of former William & Mary assistant Janell Crayton as an assistant coach with the Bulldog program.


"Janell is a fantastic addition to our women's basketball staff. She has worked at highly-regarded institutions and truly values the educational piece of the student-athlete experience," stated Kirkpatrick. "Her experiences at Davidson College as a student-athlete and assistant positions at Oglethorpe, Oberlin College, Colgate and William and Mary prior to joining Asheville have prepared her for the important role she will play in building our program. Janell brings a tremendous amount of personality and energy to the table both of which will serve us and the entire UNC Asheville athletic department well." 


Crayton's duties with the Tribe program included film exchange, coordinating team travel, on-campus recruiting, team promotional activities, as well as other administrative responsibilities.

Crayton joined the William and Mary staff after working as an assistant coach at Colgate University in 2010-11.  While with the Raiders, her duties included recruiting, player development, scouting, travel, and special event planning.  On the court, Crayton helped work with and develop the Colgate post players.


Prior to Colgate, she worked at Oberlin College, where she served as an assistant coach, interim head coach, and associate head coach during her three seasons.  In these roles, Crayton's responsibilities included team travel, scouting, coordinating community service, film break down, recruiting, and player skill development.  During her time at Oberlin, five players earned all-conference honors.  Before coaching at Oberlin, Crayton was an assistant coach at Oglethorpe University for a season.


Crayton is a 2006 graduate of Davidson College, where she was a four-year letter-winner for the Wildcats.  A two-year captain, Crayton was named First-Team All-Southern Conference and All-Tournament Team in 2006.  Crayton was also a standout in the classroom, twice being named academic all-conference.