• Shederrian Jones

FAMU fires women's basketball coach

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, Florida A&M fired its head women's basketball coach LeDawn Gibson, as well as assistant coach Latasha Shipman-Ganus. Assistant coach Kevin Lynum will be the interim coach for the remainder of the season; current assistant Andrea Johnson was also retained. At 11 a.m. on February 13, FAMU held a press conference to address the situation.

FAMU sports director Vaughn Wilson said, "We would like to thank coach Gibson and coach Ganus for their service. We wish them future endeavors. Assistant coach Lynum will be interim coach for the remainder of the season and tournament. Coach Andrea Johnson will remain to assist him."

Gibson had coached the Rattlers since the 2008-09 season. Her career record was 145-183, including 85-86 in MEAC play. Her last winning season was in 2015-16, when the team went 16-15 and 9-7 in the MEAC. Assistant coach Shipman-Ganus only spent six years with the University.

FAMU's women's basketball team reached the semifinals of the MEAC tournament three times under Gibson. In her first year with the program, her squad went to the round as the number seven seed. In 2011-12, FAMU went 22-8 and clinched a number two seed with a 14-2 conference record.

Since the 2015-16 season, however, the program had been in a downward spiral. Gibson's teams' best overall mark following that run was 13-19 during the 2016-17 season.

FAMU is struggling right now with only three wins on the season, and the team is on the verge of suffering three consecutive losing seasons. The Rattlers are currently sitting at the bottom ranking within their conference at 1-10, but their overall record on the season is 3-20 for right now.

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