Huskies name Priscilla Edwards as new women’s basketball coach


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Priscilla Edwards stands on the court at Clemson University. Edwards is taking her talent from the Tigers to the Huskies upon being named Northeastern’s women’s basketball head coach Thursday afternoon.

Eamonn Ryan, news staff

After almost two weeks of sailing with no navigator, Northeastern women’s basketball has hired its newest skipper.

Thursday afternoon, Northeastern announced that Priscilla Edwards, a former assistant coach at Clemson University, would be taking over the Huskies’ head coaching position. She replaces former Northeastern head coach Bridgette Mitchell, who left to take a job at Fordham University earlier this month.

“Today is a dream come true,” Edwards said in a statement released by the university. “It stands as testament that anything is possible with faith, hard work, and unwavering support. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the leader of this program, and one that I do not take lightly. I look forward to uplifting these young women and cultivating them to be winners, scholars and leaders on and off the court. I cannot wait to get started with Team 58!”

Edwards spent two years with Clemson in the ACC, helping the Tigers to a 19-16 record and a Women’s NIT Super 16 appearance in the 2022-23 season after a 10-21 season in 2021-22. Prior to that, Edwards served as associate head coach at Providence College for five seasons and assistant coach at St. John’s College from 2012-2015.

Her most successful tenure was with St. John’s, where she aided the Red Storm to three postseason appearances in her three seasons. Edwards also developed four WNBA draftees while signing the 12th-ranked recruiting class in the country in 2014.

After graduating from St. Bonaventure University in 2008, Edwards switched from the playing side to the coaching side, becoming the Bonnies’ Director of Basketball Operations before entering an assistant coaching position.

For the Huskies, hiring an assistant coach out of the ACC for their first head coaching position is becoming a bit of a pattern. In 2021, Mitchell was announced as the Huskies’ head coach after an assistant coaching stint at the University of Pittsburgh, and her success as a first-time head coach carried her away from Northeastern.

Edwards will be entering the role with a mostly-intact roster that just tied for first place in the CAA’s regular season. The only key rotation player graduating is graduate student guard JaMiya Braxton, and the only member in the transfer portal is senior forward Anna Boruta, whose career has been unfortunately riddled with injuries.

All-CAA guards Derin Erdogan and Gemima Motema will be leading a backcourt that will be bolstered by the addition of incoming freshman point guard, and Boston native, Yirsy Queliz, a 1,000-point scorer and three-time state champion at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Massachusetts.

The CAA Sixth Player of the Year, junior forward Deja Bristol, is returning as well after averaging eight points and five rebounds per game off the bench. Senior wing Jaelyn Batts will get a full season of eligibility after sitting out for almost half the season due to personal reasons.

As of right now, the Huskies do not have any other transfers out or decommitments from their freshman class of Queliz, guard Miya Giles-Jones and forward Sophia Carlisle, leaving Edwards with almost a full roster..

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be at Northeastern University, and I am thrilled to welcome Priscilla Edwards as the next head coach of our women’s basketball team,” said Northeastern Athletic Director Jim Madigan in a statement released by the university. “[Edwards] is a proven winner, and her expertise as a coach, recruiter and educator make her the perfect fit as the next leader of the Huskies. I look forward to working closely with her and her staff as we continue the ascent of our women’s basketball program.”