Jim Crowley Announces Women's Basketball Staff

June 16, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Newly appointed Providence College women's basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced today [June 16] that he has hired Priscilla Edwards as associate head coach and Tiara Johnson and Jessica Jenkins as assistant coaches. Additionally, Jennifer Nabrizny will serve as Coordinator of Women's Basketball Operations and Kelcie Rombach will be the Friars' Associate Director of Player Development. Crowley was named the 10th coach in Providence College women's basketball history on May 10, 2016, and was formally introduced at a press conference on May 24.

"Our staff is a great group of people and I couldn't be happier to have them join me here at Providence," Crowley said. "Each of them brings different skills to the program that will help us in our improvement. They have great chemistry with one another and great drive to help bring women's basketball success to FRIARTOWN."

Edwards has six years of experience in the collegiate ranks. She began her career as the Director of Basketball Operations at St. Bonaventure on Crowley's staff in 2009 and was elevated to assistant coach in 2010. During her time in Olean, Edwards helped guide the Bonnies to the regular-season Atlantic 10 crown and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. That year, St. Bonaventure finished with a 31-4 overall record and a perfect 14-0 mark in the A-10. She also played a role in mentoring and developing two All-Atlantic 10 First-Team selections while with the Bonnies.


 

 

Edwards spent the next three years as an assistant coach at St. John's (2012-15). During her time with the Red Storm, she helped to develop and mentor four WNBA Draft selections, including Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith, who were the first such selections in program history in 2013. She also assisted with signing the Red Storm's 12th-ranked recruiting class in 2014.

Additionally, St. John's advanced to the post season during each of Edwards' three seasons with the program, including two 20-win seasons. In 2014-15, St. John's finished the year with a 23-11 record and earned an invitation to the WNIT. The Red Storm followed with back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015, Edwards founded PE Basketball Skill Training and Development. With PE Basketball, Priscilla oversaw and directed training of athletes of all levels, including the NBA, WNBA and top European Leagues. PE Basketball also provided off-court development in the form of workshops with student athletes, covering strength and conditioning and nutrition. Priscilla also has worked with the NBA youth initiative Jr. NBA as a lead skills clinician.

Edwards graduated from St. Bonaventure in 2008 and enjoyed an impressive playing career under the direction of Crowley. A four-year letter winner for the Bonnies, she concluded her career as part of the 2008-09 squad that won a then-program record 23 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. She finished her career with 881 points, 448 rebounds and 354 assists.

Johnson spent the last six years with Crowley at St. Bonaventure. She served as the program's director of basketball operations for three seasons (2010-13), before being promoted to assistant coach (2013-16). During her tenure with the Brown and White, she was a part of four post-season appearances, including the team's historic run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2012.

In six seasons, Johnson helped the Bonnies to a 125-69 overall record, including four 20+ win seasons, four post-season appearances and one Atlantic 10 regular-season title. St. Bonaventure advanced to the WNIT Second Round in 2011 and 2014. The Bonnies run to the Sweet 16 in 2012 marked the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, St. Bonaventure posted a 24-8 overall record, earning an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament. The Bonnies advanced to the second round as the No. 10 seed, defeating seventh-seeded Oklahoma State, 65-54, in the First Round. The Bonnies fell to eventual Final Four participant Oregon State in the Second Round.

The Kansas City, Mo. native joined the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team as a player after she transferred in from North Central Missouri College. As a junior, Johnson started 28 contests and averaged 5.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Johnson ended up suffering a knee injury that hindered her senior year. Johnson returned in 2009-10 as a red-shirt senior, appearing in 19 games and starting three. Johnson averaged 8.4 minutes per game and shot 36.8 percent from the floor.

Jenkins spent the 2015-16 season with Crowley at St. Bonaventure as an assistant coach. She helped guide the Bonnies to a 24-8 overall record, including a 12-4 mark in the Atlantic 10. St. Bonaventure earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Second Round as a No. 10 seed with a 65-54 victory over seventh-seeded Oklahoma State in the First Round.

Jenkins enjoyed an impressive playing career under Crowley at St. Bonaventure (2008-12), leading the Brown and White to four-consecutive post-season appearances and an overall record of 98-37 (41-15 Atlantic 10).

Jenkins was a First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection as a senior. She led the A-10 in three-point field goals and averaged 13.9 points per game. The Bonnies set a school record with 31 wins and went undefeated in the Atlantic 10 (14-0), to claim the Atlantic 10 regular-season title. Jenkins also was one of 30 finalists for Naismith Player of the Year that season after helping to lead the Bonnies to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

The Marion, Ohio native is the Atlantic 10's all-time leader in three-pointers, with 338. She also holds the top two single-season marks for three-pointers, with 110 (2011-12) and 100 (2010-11) triples, respectively. Jenkins is second in school history in free throw percentage (.869) and also holds the program's single-game mark for three-pointers (nine). She ranks seventh all-time in program history with 1,441 career points.

After graduating, Jenkins went on to a successful professional career. She played for Keflavik in Iceland her first season, then played for the Cardiff Archers in England for two seasons and one season with the Western Port Steelers in Australia.

Nabrizny spent the last three seasons as Director of Basketball Operations for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team. A 2012 graduate of St. Bonaventure, she served as a manager for the women's basketball program during the most successful four-year stretch in its history. As the Director of Basketball Operations, Nabrizny oversaw film exchange, travel and meal arrangements, managers, camps and the overall day-to-day operations of the program.

The Aquebogue, N.Y. native was named co-head manager for the Bonnies following the 2008-09 season and served in that role for three years. In addition to assisting the coaches and players during each practice, Nabrizny was responsible for ensuring all meals on the road were taken care of and all equipment needs were met.

Nabrizny graduated with a degree in political science and is currently working on a master's degree in integrated marketing communications.

Rombach joins Crowley's staff after a four-year playing career at St. Bonaventure (2012-16). Rombach earned her undergraduate degree in English in three years (2015), and finished her playing career as a graduate student during the 2015-16 campaign. Overall, she played 96 games for the Bonnies as a guard.

The Ottawa, Ill. native played scholastically at Ottawa Townships High School, where she scored over 1,200 points and guided her team to three regional championships. She was a IBCA 3A/4A All-State selection in 2011 and 2012. Rombach completed her Masters of Business Administration at St. Bonventure in 2016.

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