Latasha Shipman enters her first season as an assistant coach at UNCG in 2012-13.
“Latasha Shipman has a wealth of experience and is a proven winner,” UNCG coach Wendy Palmer said upon hiring Shipman. “She’s passionate about the game and works hard and has been a part of building a program and having success. I’m excited to have her return to her home state of North Carolina and to help build a successful program here at UNCG. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion for the game are unparalleled.”
Shipman came to UNCG after a four-year stint at Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Fla., where she was primarily responsible for post player development, academic advisement, community relations and scouting under MEAC Coach of the Year LeDawn Gibson. The Lady Rattlers were 69-51 with a 39-25 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference record during Shipman’s tenure.
FAMU’s best season with Shipman on the sideline was its most recent. The Lady Rattlers went 22-8 on the season, finishing second in the MEAC with a 14-2 league record and falling in the semifinals of the MEAC Championship. The squad turned in a league-best 14-game winning streak during the season and finished with 20-plus wins for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
FAMU senior Antonia Bennett was named the 2012 MEAC Player of the Year, while classmate Qiana Donald garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors.
During Shipman’s tenure, FAMU beat South Florida and Florida on the road and Alabama at home, all during the 2009-10 campaign, in which the Lady Rattlers went 18-11 overall.
Prior to her time at Florida A&M, Shipman spent four years at her alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., helping the Lady Bears to three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and a pair of NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances.
As a player for Shaw, Shipman scored more than 1,000 career points and pulled down more than 700 career rebounds prior to graduating in 2004. She helped the Lady Bears to a pair of CIAA championships as the team went 59-6 over her final two seasons.
She played professionally in Chile for one year.
“I am excited to be a part of the Spartan family here at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and honored for the opportunity to work with coach Wendy Palmer,” Shipman said. “UNCG is on the path of becoming something special, and I'm just happy for the opportunity to watch it unfold.”