Camp Director / Assistant Coach
North Carolina A&T head women’s basketball coach Tarrell Robinson announced the promotion of director of basketball operations Jalessa Sams to assistant coach on April 12, 2016.
Sams, who was a basketball player for the Aggies (2007-11), served as a graduate assistant for two seasons before becoming director of basketball operations in 2014. She received her graduate degree from North Carolina A&T in December 2015.
During her collegiate career, Sams was a member of arguably one of the best teams in program history. During her tenure, the Aggies won three straight MEAC regular-season titles (2007-10) and were the 2009 conference tournament champions. A&T also made an appearance in the 2009 NCAA tournament and advanced to the third round of the WNIT the following season. Sams, a two-time All-MEAC selection, still remains fifth in rebounds (692) on the A&T all-time career records list and 12th in scoring (1,172).
Sams graduated from A&T in 2011with a bachelor’s degree in sports science and will complete her master’s degree in education in December.
Recruiting Coordinator / Assistant Coach
Franklin Scott enters his fifth year as an assistant women's basketball coach for North Carolina A&T. He brings with him experience in coaching and player development. In addition to his assistant coaching position, head women's basketball coach Tarrell Robinson announced Scott's promotion to recruiting coordinator on April 12, 2016.
"I am grateful for Coach Robinson’s confidence in my abilities with this promotion. I am excited for the challenges this new opportunity presents and aim to continue executing the vision set by his leadership. North Carolina A&T is an exceptional place to work and I am blessed to be supported by such a great individual," Scott said.
Scott comes to Greensboro after serving as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Jefferson College, a two-year community college in Hillsboro, Mo. For two seasons, he helped the Vikings win more than 50 games. Scott served as the offensive coordinator and maintained recruiting responsibilities. He also handled film exchange, scouting and facilitated an athletics department study hall to enhance academic achievement.
On the court, the Vikings were prosperous during his stay there. During the 2011-12 season, the Vikings went 31-5, winning the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference crown and Region XVI championship title. The 2011-12 team was also national ranked as high as No. 9 in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Poll, and Scott signed a Top 10 JUCO recruiting class that season, including several players ranked highly at their position by ESPN and by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, including the No. 3 overall player. They finished seventh at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.
In the midst of the program's success, he helped develop three all-region players and four all-conference players, including LaQuinta Jefferson, who was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team as well as to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association JUCO All-American team in 2012. She was also nominated as a candidate for the WBCA State Farm JUCO Player of the Year. Scott was instrumental in helping send four players to the NCAA Division I level and two players to the NCAA Division II level.
The 2010-11 season was also highly successful, as Scott helped lead the team to the Region XVI championship game and helped develop three all-region and all-conference players. He helped send five players to the NCAA Division I level, and three players to the NCAA Division II level following that season. The Vikings had a 21-11 record in 2010-11, and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country. During Scott's tenure at Jefferson College he assisted in producing two NJCAA National Players of the Week in LaQuinta Jefferson and Anete Klinstone. For two years, Scott coordinated the Jeffco Jam, a preseason recruiting event for college coaches looking for JUCO talent.
Prior to working at Jefferson College, Scott worked as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Neosho County Community College in Chaunte, Kan. He helped in the development of two All-Kansas Junior Community College Conference Players and an all-region student-athlete. He also coached a WBCA State Farm Honorable Mention All-American in Bjonee Reaves. Reaves was recognized as the NJCAA National Player of the Week after recording a quadruple-double (30 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists and 10 steals) and a double-double in the same week.
For the 2008-09 season, Scott was working at Arizona Western College as the women's basketball assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The team was 21-10 and made an appearance in the Region I championship game for the first time in six years. Two players from the team earned NJCAA All-American honors in Yohanna Morton and Katrina Johnson. Scott also coached three All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference players. Ten players from the Arizona Western College team he coached eventually played at four-year schools.
Scott was a community relations intern for the WNBA Chicago Sky during the 2008 season, and also served as a scout player and camp manager for the University of Tennessee women's basketball program from June 2005 to his graduation from UT in December 2008.
Scott earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. Scott, his wife Erica, and their son Jaxon reside in Jamestown, N.C.
Associate Head Coach
Shavon Earp enters her fifth season with the North Carolina A&T women's basketball team and her first year as associate head coach. Earp served as an assitant coach for four years before her promotion to associate head coach on April 12, 2016.
"I am extremely grateful and elated about the opportunity to be an associate head coach for one of the best programs on the rise. Coach Robinson has believed in me years before I came to NC A&T and invested a lot of time in mentoring me which has put me in this position. I have become a better coach and person during my time here. I am excited to see what the futures holds for this program. I am going to continue to work hard to ensure that we get the best out of our Lady Aggies on and off the court, as well as reinforce Coach Robinson’s philosophy and the vision that he has for this program," Earp said.
Earp is responsible for working with the Aggies wings and guards.In the 2013-14 season, Earp assisted with the development of transfer guard Christina Carter who became the starting point guard after junior guard Adriana Nazario suffered a season-ending injury on Dec. 21. Carter led the MEAC in assists, averaging 5.1 a game. Junior Ariel Bursey and transfer Debbie Smith also accounted for nearly half of the team’s 3-pointers as the Aggies shot 30.1 percent from behind the arc which ranked second in the conference.
In her first season, she helped Nazario and Bursey transition from players with limited playing time the previous year to key parts of the Aggies rotation. Nazario started 19 games during the 2012-13 season, as she led the Aggies in assists per game. Bursey led the Aggies in scoring three times during the season and she shot an impressive 48 percent from the field.
Earp joined A&T after spending two seasons as the assistant women's basketball coach at William & Mary. With the Tribe, she was responsible for developing the guard and perimeter players, which resulted in an All-CAA player in Taysha Pye. Earp also assisted with recruiting, scouting, developing game plans, organizing community service activities and administering individual and group workout sessions.
Two years prior to joining William & Mary's staff, Earp spent the two years as the assistant coach of the girls varsity basketball team at Hampton High School in Hampton, Va. She was the primary guard coach, and developed and implemented the strength and conditioning program for the student-athletes. She also helped counsel the student-athletes in academic matters. During that span she also served as the assistant coach for the heralded Boo Williams 16-and-under Elite AAU Team, where Earp assisted in developing players and supervising the team during competition and tournament travel.
As a graduate student at Radford University, Earp served as a graduate assistant for the women's basketball program. She coordinated all aspects of film exchange for scouting reports, produced a monthly newsletter updating alumni on the status of the program and helped coordinate the team's annual alumni event. The Highlanders had a 20-win season in 2007-08.
Before she entered coaching, Earp was a talented student-athlete. Earp was named the 2001-02 Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia and was an honorable mention All-American for Hampton High. She was named to the All-State first team twice and led the Crabbers to the 2000-01 state championship.
She attended the University of Pittsburgh and competed in 28 games for the Panthers as a freshman and was named to the Big East All-Academic team. She transferred to Radford and completed her career with 834 points, 267 rebounds and 108 assists in 81 games for the Highlanders.
Earp graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication and a master's degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford. She is also a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampton Roads and ARC of Greater Williamsburg.