Former SGT Lady Jets Assistant Coach takes job at Jackson State
Published 7:18 pm Thursday, April 19, 2018
By Staff Reports
JACKSON, MISS – Former South Georgia Tech Lady Jets Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Tomekia Reed has been named as the new head women’s basketball coach at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.
Reed began her career at SGT as an assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiter from 2004 to 2006 under former head coach Brandon Harrell.
After her time at SGT, Reed moved on to Hinds Community College, where she was the head women’s basketball coach for three years. Under Reed, Hinds won a combined 47 games, including two consecutive winning seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Reed led the Lady Eagles to the NJCAA Region 23 title game in 2017.
“Today is a very special day in my life,” Reed said. “I’m extremely excited about being the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Jackson State University. I would like to thank Dr. Bynum and the search committee for this opportunity. JSU means so much to me. I can’t wait to get to work and showcase our great university and fantastic student-athletes on and off the court.”
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Reed was the recruiting coordinator for women’s basketball at Jackson State from 2006 to 2009. While at JSU, she served as the top assistant, working with post players. Reed also served as the team’s academic liaison. Reed’s other responsibilities included serving as the strength and conditioning liaison, player development, Community Service Coordinator and Summer Basketball Camp Coordinator.
During that time, the Lady Tigers claimed the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) regular season championship and earned a berth into the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) in the 2006-07 season. A year later, the Lady Tigers captured the SWAC Tournament Title, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Reed replaces former coach Surina Dixon, who compiled an 82-93 record over the past six seasons.
Reed was also an assistant coach at several NCAA Division I schools, such as Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and New Orleans. She served as recruiting coordinator at each of those schools during her respective stints. Reed was instrumental in bringing in several high-ranking recruiting classes, including the 2014 class at Louisiana Tech. That class garnered a national top 50 ranking and was the second highest-ranked class in Conference USA.
While at Southern Miss, Reed also assisted in signing the 42nd-ranked recruiting class in the country in 2010 and the No. 1 ranked recruiting classes in Mississippi in both 2010 and 2011.
As a player, Reed began her playing career at Southern Miss. She helped lead that program to a WNIT appearance before transferring to Hinds Community College for the 2000-01 season.
While at Hinds, Reed led the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) in rebounds per game and was second in the conference in scoring. She was chosen as an All-State first team selection.
After her time at Hinds, Reed transferred to Georgia Southwestern State University, where she led the Lady Hurricanes in scoring. Reed finished second in the conference in scoring and earned the team’s most valuable player award.
Reed earned an Associate’s degree in Sports Medicine at Hinds Community College in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from GSW in 2003.