April 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Basketball Coach Natasha Adair introduced a majority of her staff on Friday. She has put together a talented group of former Hoyas including two alumnae who have spent time on the Hilltop.
Melba Chambers (C'99) returns to Georgetown after an outstanding playing career on the Hilltop. She spent over 10 years in the coaching ranks including the past two seasons with Adair at the College of Charleston. Chambers will work primarily with the guards.
"I'm thrilled to have Coach Chambers, a Georgetown alum, join me on the Hilltop," said Adair. "She is a tireless worker who prides herself on excellence. She is a rising star in this profession and I'm very proud to have her by my side. Coach Chambers will head our recruiting efforts to span the globe in search of the nation's next Hoyas and she will also be instrumental in the development of our perimeter players. As a former standout wing at Georgetown, Coach Chambers will work to instill in our players what it truly means to have Hoya Pride."
During the 2013-14 season, in College of Charleston's first season in the Colonial Athletic Association, the team had a record of 19-15, marking the third-highest win total in the school's Division I era. Additionally, the squad finished third in conference play, defeated five postseason teams from the previous year and advanced to the semifinals of both the CAA Championship and the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI).
In her first year, Chambers helped the Cougars win 16 games and the team advanced to the quarterfinals of the WBI.
Chambers served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Bowie State Bulldogs in Bowie, Md. In that role she was also responsible for the development of the guards.
She also spent five seasons as head junior varsity coach and varsity assistant coach at her alma mater, St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md. She helped take the Lady Panthers to the IAAM Championship that they won four out of her five seasons.
In her time at Georgetown, Chambers was a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week honoree and she earned MVP for the 1998-99 season. In her final season, the Hoyas advanced to the WNIT for the first time in program history. She ranks among the all-time leaders in points (973), 3-pointers (62), assists (188), blocks (30) and rebounds (365).
After graduating from Georgetown, Chambers continued her playing career as a professional in Germany for one year.
She is originally from Baltimore, Md.
Sarah Jenkins (C'05) also returns to the Hilltop after a successful coaching career.
"Coach Jenkins is a teacher, motivator and great at building relationships," said Adair. "Her passion for the game will be contagious to our players and our program. Coach Jenkins will primarily work to develop our guards since she was a standout guard her at Georgetown and I'm looking forward to her immediate impact on our players' development and success."
Jenkins has more than eight years of coaching experience spending time at The Geneva School and coaching at Winter Park High School, both in Florida.
She coached her squads to a pair of district championships as well as two regional final appearances.
Additionally, Jenkins founded LAB Sports to provide youth with a positive program to help cultivate and develop their skill level in various sports.
She began her college career at the University of Maryland, but then transferred to Georgetown where she played four years of basketball and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in both English and sociology.
In her time at Georgetown, she was a BIG EAST Academic All-Star and served as a two-year team captain. She also ranks among the all-time leaders in 3-pointers with 54.
Jenkins is a local product out of Bowie, Md.
David White comes to Georgetown after serving as the director of operations for two seasons at the College of Charleston.
"I truly value and respect David's commitment to the task at hand," said Adair "He's a creative thinker who pays attention to details. He will be responsible for the daily operations of our women's basketball program and I'm pleased to have in on board."
White, a native of High Point, N.C., coordinated travel and video for the Cougars and will fill a similar role on the Hilltop.
Prior to his time at CofC, he was a video assistant at Wake Forest where he worked with Adair and the Demon Deacons staff making highlight videos and worked closely with the director of operations.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2011 with degrees in political science and exercise and sport science.
While at North Carolina, White was a three-year manager for the women's basketball team under Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell. In that role he set up for practice and games, worked with film and camps.
As a senior year, White was the head manager/assistant video coordinator for the team and worked extensively with film and scouting. White also worked at Roy Williams UNC Basketball Camp in the summers during his time at North Carolina.