Aug. 6, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University first-year women's basketball coach Kellie Lewis-Jay has rounded out her coaching staff with the additions of Fitzroy Anthony as an assistant coach and Danielle Maloney as director of operations.
The Owls' four-member coaching staff also features assistants Harry Elifson and Vera Jones - both announced last month.
"We have hit a home run with the capabilities and experience level in our coaching staff," assessed Lewis-Jay. "I'm extremely excited to have this group of individuals leading our program into a new era. The future is definitely bright for our student-athletes and fans."
Anthony, a Boca Raton native, comes to FAU after earning Broward County Coach of the Year honors at Coral Springs Charter School, where his teams had consecutive 20-win seasons. Last winter, Coral Springs captured its first district and regional championships, along with a Final Four state tournament appearance.
Besides high school, Anthony also recently coached the Miami Suns AAU team to the National Junior Gold Showcase championship.
"Fitzroy has a passion and drive to be the best," said Lewis-Jay. "His energy will be infectious across our staff and team. He has great connections throughout Florida, especially in the southwest region, will help our recruiting efforts."
Anthony is excited to continue his coaching career in Boca Raton with Lewis-Jay and the Owls.
"As a Boca Raton native, I am eager to represent FAU and contribute to its rising success," said Anthony. "I am very excited that Coach Lewis-Jay has selected me for this coveted position."
Maloney is familiar with Lewis-Jay's coaching style after playing for her national championship Idaho Elite AAU team in 2002. She played at Carroll College from 2005-08, helping the program to a 59-12 record over the last two seasons. Maloney has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the successful Dobson High School program in Phoenix. The 2011-12 team advanced to the final four in the state tournament.
"I have known Danielle a long time and she's someone I always wanted by my side when the appropriate time came along," said Lewis-Jay. "She is a winner in every sense of the word, and one of the hardest working people I have ever met. If I could coach 15 players of Danielle caliber every year, success would then be imminent. Her organizational skills will help her make an easy transition to this valuable position on our staff."
FAU is coming off a 17-13 season, a second-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference's East Division (12-4 record) and an appearance in the 2012 Women's National Invitational Tournament. The team opens the 2012-13 at Georgia Southern University on Friday, November 9. See details about the entire schedule click here.