Joni Crenshaw enters her third season at Louisiana Tech as a member of head coach Chris Long's coaching staff, her first as the associate head coach following a July 1 promotion.
"Joni has done an outstanding job for this program over the last two years," Long said. "She was very deserving to be promoted to associate head coach during the off-season. She has proven herself recruiting and coaching and her loyalty has not gone unnoticed by me.
"She will continue to work with our post players and head up our recruiting as well as various other jobs. We work well together."
Crenshaw became only the fourth person to hold the title of associate head coach in the history of the Lady Techster program, joining Leon Barmore, Kim Mulkey-Robertson and Kurt Budke.
"I'm very honored and excited about the promotion," Crenshaw said. "This is one of the most storied programs in the country, and I enjoy working for Chris Long with this staff and with these players.
"Anytime you put your heart and soul into something, it's nice to see that people appreciate it. Everyone on this staff works extremely hard with the same goals in mind, and I'm just one piece of the puzzle."
Following Chris Long's promotion to head coach in April of 2005, his first move was to hire Crenshaw away from Troy University.
And if the first two years are any indication, Long struck the proverbial coaching jackpot with the move as Crenshaw has proven invaluable to the Louisiana Tech program in both recruiting and coaching.
After two years of having Crenshaw on his staff, Long knows he hired one of the rising young stars in the business.
Long had followed Crenshaw's young career at Troy, knowing that one day he wanted her on his staff.
That desire became a reality on April 20, 2005, as Crenshaw joined one of the most storied women's basketball program's in the country.
Crenshaw's No. 1 responsibility is serving as Louisiana Tech's recruiting coordinator, handling both high school and junior colleges, with an emphasis in her home state of Mississippi as well as Alabama where she played collegiately.
Crenshaw's recruiting work has already paid dividends for Louisiana Tech as she was instrumental in signing high school standouts Shanavia Dowdell (2006 Miss Basketball in Alabama) and Tiawana Pringle (2006 Miss Basketball in Mississippi).
In addition to recruiting, Crenshaw handles post player development, scouting reports, working the Tech summer basketball camps and attend speaking engagements on behalf of the Lady Techster program.
"Growing up in Mississippi and being recruited on the college level, I've always known about Louisiana Tech and its great tradition of women's basketball," Crenshaw said. "It's exciting to be a part of the Lady Techster program."
Crenshaw also helped lead Louisiana Tech to a pair of Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in her first two years and an appearance in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to coming to Tech, Crenshaw spent three years at Troy University in Alabama where she served as that program's recruiting coordinator. In addition to that duty, she also handled post player development, served as academic coordinator and coordinated Troy State's summer camps.
During those three years, Crenshaw recruited and signed the past two Atlantic Sun Freshmen of the Year in Laura Lee Holman (2004) and Amy Lewis (2005). Holman was joined by another one of Crenshaw's signees on the 2004 Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen team.
The Meridian, Miss., native lettered four years at the University of Alabama for Coach Rick Moody where during her playing days as a center for the Crimson Tide she scored 716 points, grabbed 555 rebounds and registered 103 blocked shots (third most in the program's history). She started for Moody her final two years while serving as team captain as a senior.
"(Chris Long) hit a home run (by hiring Joni)," said Moody about his former player. "She has enormous potential as a recruiter for various reasons. Number one, she has an incredible work ethic. When she walks into a recruits house, she does so with a presence. I just think she will do an outstanding job at Louisiana Tech."
While at Alabama, Crenshaw was named to the Southeastern Conference's Good Works Team for two years and also received the Outstanding Community Service Award (2000-01).
The 28-year-old was named to the SEC's Academic Honor Roll (1998-2001), received a post graduate scholarship for community service from the SEC in 2001 and was recognized as one of the 10 most influential African Americans on campus by the Mentor Fellowship Society (2001).
Crenshaw earned her bachelor's degree in education from Alabama in 2002 and is a candidate for her master's degree in sport and fitness management.
Prior to her collegiate career, Crenshaw prepped at Meridian High School where she was named the 1997 Gatorade Player of the Year and a USA Today All-American while leading the school to a mark of 67-7 over her final two years. She also won three state titles in track and field during her high school days while also being selected as the school's Homecoming Queen in 1996.