Jaleesa Sams has been a part of the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball staff since 2012. N.C. A&T head women’s basketball coach Tarrell Robinson announced the promotion of Sams from director of basketball operations to assistant coach on April 12, 2016. In her capacity as an assistant, Sams works primarily with the team’s forwards, recruits, produces scouting reports, coordinates film exchange and oversees team travel. Sams is also the liaison for team academic affairs.
Sams starred on the Aggies women’s basketball team for four seasons (2007-11) before serving as a graduate assistant for two seasons (2012-14) and director of basketball operations for two seasons (2014-16). As the director of basketball operations, Sams arranged team travel and served as an academic liaison. She was also responsible for coordinating team scheduling and purchasing team equipment.
Sams transitioned seamlessly into her future roles due in part to her time as a graduate assistant with the team. She coordinated film exchange for scouting reports and assisted in team travel and activities. Before joining the coaching staff at N.C. A&T, Sams was an assistant coach at Southern Guilford High School where she took part in player development, academics and fundraising activities.
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. N.C. 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) and 12th in scoring (1,172) all-time. Sams has obtained a combined four MEAC regular season championships as a player and coach at N.C. A&T.
Sams graduated from A&T in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sports science. She received her Master of Education degree from North Carolina A&T in December of 2015.
As a high school player, Sams won Pennsylvania player of the year in consecutive seasons and was a three-time Lawrence County Player of the Year. A WPIAL champion and most valuable player, Sams posted 1,909 career points, second all-time in school history and was ranked 33rd in the nation at her position.
Recruiting Coordinator / Assistant Coach
Franklin Scott became an assistant coach for the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball program in 2012. After four seasons with Lady Aggies Basketball, head coach Tarrell Robinson announced Scott would be promoted to recruiting coordinator on April 12, 2016.
Scott came 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
became an assistant coach for the North Carolina A&T women’s basketball program in 2012. On April 12, 2016, Earp was promoted to associate head coach.
Earp is responsible for working with the Aggies wings and guards. The Aggies have strived with Earp in that role. 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, 2013. Carter led the MEAC in assists during the 2013-14 season (5.1 per game) and her 157 assists that season was the second-highest single-season total in school history. Carter ended her career second on the Aggies all-time career assist list.
Transfer guard Debbie Smith earned second-team All-MEAC honors in 2014-15 and Dana Brown developed into the Aggies second-leading scorer and an All-MEAC second-team selection in 2015-16. The Aggies have also had an outstanding assists-to-turnover ratio thanks to solid guard play, finishing first in the MEAC in 2015-16, second in 2014-15 and fourth in 2013-14.
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.