UNCW adds new coaches to Women’s Basketball and Men’s Soccer staff

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UNCW head coach Karen Barefoot during the Seahawks’ contest against Northeastern on Feb. 3, 2019.

Zachary Kilby, Sports Editor

WILMINGTON – UNC Wilmington Women’s Head Basketball Coach Karen Barefoot has added two new members to her coaching staff for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. Barefoot announced last week that she would be welcoming Jocelyn Floyd and Matt Lynch to her staff as the Seahawks prepare for the upcoming season.

New Assistant Coach Jocelyn Floyd previously served under Head Coach Tom McConnell at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an NCAA Division II school. Floyd spent five seasons with the Crimson Hawks, helping the team go an impressive 133-27. Floyd also helped lead IUP to two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships in 2016-17 and 2018-19.

Floyd played professional basketball with New Basket Oberhausen 91 of the Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga League in Germany after graduating from Duquesne University in 2013. She led the Lady Dukes in all-time steals with 366 while racking up Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Joining Floyd will be former UNCW Men’s Basketball assistant, Matt Lynch. Lynch began coaching career serving as the video coordinator under former Seahawk Head Coach C.B. McGrath. Lynch was then promoted to Director of Men’s Basketball Operations before he served as an assistant coach under former Interim Head Coach Rob Burke.

Transitioning from the basketball court to the soccer field, Men’s Head Soccer Coach Aidan Heaney also added a new face to his coaching staff for the 2020-2021 season. Alex Langer will join the Heaney and the Seahawks as an assistant coach.

Langer dives straight into coaching after completing his senior season at Lenoir Rhyne as the starting goalkeeper. The German native will look to help the Seahawks bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 loss to James Madison University in the 2019 CAA Men’s Soccer Championship.