The Virginia women’s basketball team has promoted former director of scouting Jama Sharp to assistant coach, the school announced on Tuesday.
Sharp served as the Cavaliers’ director of scouting and video services since June. She replaces former assistant Katherine Graham, who resigned to accept a position at the University of Georgia.
“Jama has been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for this moment. It is my goal to promote growth within my team and staff,” Virginia head coach Tina Thompson said Tuesday in a release announcing the move. “Jama has always wanted to be a coach and has worked to gain the knowledge to be able to do so. All she needed was opportunity.”
Sharp spent the past two seasons with Thompson at the University of Texas, where she also served as video coordinator. Prior to that, she spent two seasons as an assistant video coordinator at the University of Florida.
As a player at Stetson University, Sharp was a two-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection. As a senior at Stetson in 2015, she was named the school’s female athlete of the year.
The former point guard played in 133 career games, making 98 starts and scoring 1,261 career points, which ranks 12th all-time in Stetson history. She finished her college career as one of only two players in school history with more than 1,000 points, 400 assists and 250 steals.
“Jama has a sharp young mind and is passionate about the game,” Thompson said. “Her tenacity will be a great addition to our staff. Given the fact that she is not so far removed from the game, she will have a relatability to the young women we are recruiting.”