Former Clayton State All-American Dremeka Griggs was recently named a student-assistant coach for the team. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
MORROW — There will be a couple of new faces on the Clayton State women’s basketball team sidelines this season.
Lakers coach Dennis Cox has added two new assistants, including one who will be familiar with the program’s success. Danielle Rector has been named assistant coach while former Laker All-American Drameka Griggs has joined the staff as a student assistant.
Rector, who was an assistant at College of Central Florida last season, replaces Brittany Hall, who served as a student-assistant last fall and as an assistant coach during the spring of 2013. Hall was named a full-time assistant at NCAA Division II Chowan University.
“We are excited to welcome Danielle to our coaching staff this year,” Cox said. “She brings things to the staff that we have never had in the past. She will be outstanding in her work with our post players, drawing on a wealth of experience from her collegiate days at Mississippi State. She was also Academic All-SEC for her career, so she will be a tremendous role model and example of what it means to be a true student-athlete.”
As a player at Mississippi State, the Ringgold native played five years and helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2008-09 and to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2009-10.
Last season, Griggs was arguably the best guard at the NCAA Division II level, as the Lakers held the No. 1 ranking at the end of the regular season. She was a team captain and helped guide the team to a 32-1 record, with the team’s first loss coming in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, two wins from national championship game.
Along with being named an All-American, she received several other accolades. She was named the Division II’s Southeast Region Player of the Year, the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year and the MVP of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Tournament. Her 652 points last season was the all-time best in Clayton State history, breaking the Laker record of 547 points set by former All-American Teshymia Tillman during Clayton State’s 2011-12 national championship season.
“We also welcome (Drameka) Meme Griggs to our staff as a student assistant coach this season, as she works toward finishing her degree in the spring,” Cox said. “It is a credit to her commitment to her education that she is passing on several opportunities to play professionally this year. That also sends the right message to our team.”