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Dover, Del. – Under the direction of first-year head coach Barbara Burgess, the Delaware State women’s basketball program has announced the addition Vanessa Watson, Beverly Lockett and Donell Thomas as its new assistant coaches.DSU hornetswoosh

Watson, a veteran with 30 years of head coaching experience at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, N.J., is regarded as one of the most prestigious coaches in the history of the state.

“Coach Watson will be a great asset to our team,” said Burgess. “She brings years of experience with developing and motivating players to be the best they can be, while her track record for state championships in New Jersey is like no other.”

Lockett, on the other hand, comes to Delaware State from the Dallas, Texas area after 16 years of coaching in the high school and AAU ranks.

“Beverly is another added dimension to our women’s basketball program,” said Burgess. “Her loyalty and dedication to the game of women’s basketball will definitely impact our program.”

Thomas, a former Delaware State men’s basketball standout (1989-93), returns to his alma mater after spending a combined 12 seasons at nearby Caesar Rodney High School, including the last three as the head men’s basketball coach. He also served as an assistant coach with the Wesley College (Del.) men’s basketball program for two seasons, overseeing the development and growth of post players.

“I am thrilled and excited to welcome Donell “Train” Thomas back home to our DSU family,” said Burgess. “He is a veteran of the game as well as a teacher of the game at all levels.”


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