Tomekia Reed begins her first year as an assistant coach on Teresa Weatherspoon's staff as part of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters program.
Reed comes to Ruston after spending the past three years at Southern Miss, one at UL-Lafayette, three at Jackson State and two at South Georgia Technical College. During all three coaching stops, she was integral in developing and implementing various community service projects and student-wide awareness campaigns for women's basketball. She also served as the recruiting coordinator at all four schools.
"Tomekia will be the third assistant coach in charge of our community service while also helping develop our post players," Weatherspoon said. "She will do a lot of work with guards as well. She will work with all aspects of coaching. Her experience is second to none.
"She loves what she does. She understands our history. She loves what our university is about. It is great to have her as part of our program. She brings experience, a vision, and a passion for our kids. It means a lot to the development and growth of our young people.
"With her time at Southern Miss, she also brings a knowledge of Conference USA which will help us tremendously in our first year in the league."
Weatherspoon said Reed will be responsible for helping develop post players, organizing community service projects, overseeing the women's basketball budget and serving as a liaison with the academic side of the program. She will also handle a variety of other basketball-related areas.
"I am truly blessed to receive this opportunity to work for a coach that I grew up watching and often tried to imitate in my playing career," Reed said. "To work for such a seasoned player and experienced coach is truly amazing. Day after day her excitement, passion and love for this game, University and program are unbelievable. The Lady Techsters rich tradition makes me proud to be a Lady Techster. I am ready for this journey in reaching new heights."
During her time at USM, Reed helped launch the Lady Eagle's Ambassador's for Women's Basketball, which was a student organization geared towards the awareness of the program. She also assisted in signing the 42nd ranked recruiting class in the country (No. 4 among non-AQ programs) in 2010 and the No. 1 ranked recruiting classes in the state of Mississippi in both 2010 and 2011.
Prior to UL-Lafayette, Reed spent three seasons at Jackson State where she served as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator on the Tigers' staff. Reed also worked with the post players at JSU and served as the team's academic liaison.
She tutored the 2006-07 SWAC Player of the Year (Shelita Burns) and helped head coach Denise Taylor rebuild the JSU program into a perennial winner and contender for the Southwestern Athletic Conference title. The Tigers claimed the SWAC regular season championship and made a WNIT appearance in 2006-07. The 2007-08 JSU squad captured the SWAC Tournament championship and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Reed, a native of Jackson, Miss., began her coaching career at South Georgia Technical College, where she served as assistant women's basketball coach for three seasons. She signed two of Georgia's top athletes and one of Mississippi's Dandy Dozen players.
As a college player, Reed began her career at Southern Mississippi where she received the Coach's Award, the Most Improved Player Award and helped lead the program to a WNIT berth in 1999-2000.
Reed then transferred to Hinds Community College where she was named most valuable player while leading the team in scoring and rebounding. She was second in the conference in scoring and first in the conference in rebounding. Reed was named MJCAA first-team for her effort.
She then signed to play at Georgia Southwestern State where she led the team in scoring and was named team most valuable player.
Reed received an associate degree in sports medicine from Hinds Community College in 2001. She then earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2003 from Georgia Southwestern State University.
Reed attended a three-day invitation-only event called Achieving Coaching Excellence offered by the Black Coaches Administration in 2102. ACE is a program with intense training exposing participants to life as a head coach while helping them become the best assistant they can be. She is also a member of the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy, the Women's Sports Foundation, and the NCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
She has a son, Carlon Reed Lowery.