Caronica Randle | Associate Head Coach
Furman women's basketball coach Jackie Carson announced the hiring of Caronica Randle as the Paladins' new associate head coach on August 8, 2016.
Randle joins the Furman program following four years as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall.
"I couldn't be happier than adding Caronica Randle to our coaching staff," said Carson. "She is highly respected in our profession, and success has followed her to each stop in her career. Her energy, spirit, and positive attitude make her a highly effective recruiter and will provide great motivation to the young ladies in our program."
During her four-year tenure at Marshall, Randle played a pivotal role in the Thundering Herd's resurgence that produced the program's first-ever postseason win, a Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) triumph over Northern Kentucky in 2014-15, and Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) appearance this past year. Marshall's 21-win campaign in 2015-16 marked its highest victory tally in three decades.
Fueling the Herd's rise were strong Randle-directed recruiting efforts that netted three All-Conference USA performers, including the program's inaugural first team selection. Marshall's 2015-16 recruiting effort was ranked 52nd nationally by Blue Star Report.
Prior to going to Marshall in 2012, she served four seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Central Arkansas, helping the Sugar Bears transition from NCAA Division II to Division 1 and register the program's first Southland Conference championship and three 21-win seasons. Four conference player of the year selections headlined Central Arkansas' rise, which included a pair of post-season tournament appearances.
A Forrest City, Ark., native, Randle was a basketball standout for the Sugar Bears, scoring 2,089 points to finish third in school history and averaging 17.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in her four-year career.
She helped lead Central Arkansas to 20 victories per season over her playing tenure, highlighted by Gulf South Conference (GSC) regular season and tournament championships, two NCAA Division II regional appearances, a school record 28 wins and NCAA Division II national semifinal in 2004-05, and a second place finish in the Southland Conference East Division in UCA's first season in Division I.
A two-time All-GSC first team honoree, Randle was named conference player of the year in 2006, garnered a pair of Division II honorable mention All-America tabs, and was voted Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 Division II South Regional. She was named to the All-Southland first team in 2007 after leading the league in scoring in UCA's first year in the conference.
She was named to the Gulf South Conference West Division All-Decade second team and in 2014 was inducted into the Forrest City High School Hall of Fame. This past year she was enshrined into the University of Central Arkansas Hall of Fame.
Randle, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from UCA in 2008 and in May of 2016 completed a master's degree in adult and technical education from Marshall.
Pierre Curtis | Assistant Coach
Pierre Curtis is the newest member of Furman’s women’s basketball coaching staff, having joined the program prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.
Curtis, a 2010 graduate of James Madison University where he starred as a player for the Dukes, coached women’s basketball at Harrisonburg (Va.) High School for two seasons prior to coming to Furman, helping direct his squad to a pair of region playoff appearances.
“We’re very pleased to have Pierre join our coaching staff,” said Carson upon announcing Curtis’ hiring. “I’ve known him since his freshman year at James Madison and have always considered him a real student of the game with a very bright future as a coach. We’re glad that future is being realized as a member of our program.”
Curtis played professionally in Germany during the 2010-11 season before beginning his coaching career. He also counts extensive summer camp experience with numerous colleges and work with the prestigious Boo Williams AAU organization.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Curtis was a two-year starter at Denver East High School, where he keyed his squad to a state championship and No. 12 national ranking his junior year. He earned all-state and Denver Player of the Year honors as a senior before enrolling at Charis Prep School in Goldsboro, N.C., where he averaged 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while pacing his squad to a No. 14 national ranking.
He signed with James Madison and went on to register 1,237 points and complete his career as the Dukes’ all-time leader in starts, assists, and steals.
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in sports management from JMU, he has a daughter, Sydney.
Krista Beechy | Assistant Coach
Furman women's basketball coach Jackie Carson announced the hiring of assistant coach Krista Beechy on May 2, 2016.
"I am thrilled to have Krista Beechy as an assistant coach on our staff," said Carson. "She paid her dues as a member of great staffs at both Winthrop and at Kent State and had always remained on my short list of outstanding assistant coaching candidates. She sports a vast basketball knowledge and is a relentless worker who will provide great energy to our program."
Beechy joins the Paladins following two years at Kent State, where she served as director of basketball operations while also coordinating community outreach intiatives, basketball camps, and team video duties for the Golden Flashes.
Prior to going to Kent State she worked as a graduate coach for two seasons at Winthrop University while pursing a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.
The Winesburg, Ohio, native served as a staff member for the Ohio Girls Basketball Report and as head junior varsity and assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Hiland (Ohio) High School, her alma mater, from 2010-2012. She also boasts coaching experience with the Georgia Metros, NEO Swish Basketball Club, and Jim Clayton's Sports City U Basketball Academy.
A member of two state championship high school teams, she earned her bachelor's degree in business management from Grove City (Pa.) College, where she was a two-year captain and four-year letter winner on the basketball team.
Brittney Washington | Director of Operations
Brittney Washington was named director of basketball operations for Furman’s women’s basketball program, head coach Jackie Carson announced on Aug. 31.
“I have known Brittney since her days as a local high school student-athlete,” said Carson in making the announcement. “She is an amazing woman with a bright future in college athletics, is a tireless, trustworthy worker, and can relate to our players. She also understands the grind that comes with this position. We are very please she is a member of our Furman family.”
A Simpsonville, S.C., product and graduate at Hillcrest High School, she played collegiately at Pfeiffer University, where she led the Falcons in three-point percentage as a junior and served as team captain over her final two seasons. She was accorded Pfeiffer’s Scholar Athlete and Student Leadership Service Awards in 2015 prior to graduating with a degree in sport management.
Following graduation she accepted an internship with Pfeiffer’s women’s basketball program, managing study hall hours and uploading game film to Game Tape Xchange. She also interned at Gray Stone Day School, assisting with game day operations.
Washington served as an assistant coach with the Legacy Elite and Carolina Shock Girls AAU basketball teams in the spring of 2015.
She accepted a graduate assistant coaching position at Lynn University in August of 2015 and was on staff for two seasons. While there she handled many duties, including coordinating campus recruiting visits and evaluations, administering team study halls and academic initiatives, and preparing scouting reports used for practice and game-day planning.
She earned her Master’s of Business Administration degree in sports administration and management from Lynn this past May.