Kentucky State University welcomes Serena King-Coleman as its new head women's basketball coach

Kentucky State University welcomes Serena King-Coleman as its new head women's basketball coach

June 28, 2010

Serena King-Coleman is headed home as the new head women's basketball coach at Kentucky State University. Her first day is July 1.

The Mt. Sterling, Ky., native left the Bluegrass State in 1993 on a basketball scholarship to play for the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She worked as a student coach her fifth year and graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Then, she moved to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., where she worked as an assistant basketball and head cross country coach for three years.

King-Coleman has worked at Division I schools such as High Point University in High Point, N.C., as the recruiting coordinator and Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., as the associate head coach and the interim head coach. Then, she joined St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va., where she served six years as the women’s basketball coach, senior women’s administrator and the assistant athletics director.

“Coach King-Coleman is a good fit for Kentucky State University, because her core values are in line with the mission of the NCAA Division II, Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference, KSU and our Department of Athletics,” said Dr. Denisha Hendricks, athletics director. “Her experience as a head coach and as an administrator will greatly benefit the Thorobrette basketball program, and her wealth of knowledge will prove to be invaluable.”

While King-Coleman enjoyed the responsibility of her past positions, which developed her leadership skills, she is excited to now focus solely on coaching.

KSU was attractive to King-Coleman for a variety of reason, but its biggest draw was the location – close to Mt. Sterling.

“My family is too excited,” King-Coleman said. “I haven’t been home in such a long time, and I have worked at schools that they have not been as familiar with. I look forward to being home, coaching in front of my family and friends and taking Kentucky State’s tradition of winning even further.”

The Thorobrettes have had winning seasons for the last three years. In 2008, the women were 19-12 and won an at-large berth to the NCAA Division II tournament. In 2009, the team finished third in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and ended its season 19-12. This year, the Thorobrettes went 17-11 and made it to the semifinal round of the SIAC tournament.

King-Coleman plans to establish a strong coach-student-athlete relationship. She described herself as a teaching coach and said she will work her student-athletes hard in pre- and postseason workouts, helping them to develop individual skills.

“But if the student-athletes know that you care, you will get what you need from them,” King-Coleman said. “They will go further than they think they can go.”

She also plans to recruit locally in order to build a strong fan base, because she knows the importance of having family and friends cheering in the stands.

She is married to Meade Coleman Jr. and has three daughters, 4-year-old Symphonie, 2-year-old Madison and 6-month-old Aria.