Ann Hancock, Head Coach Women's Basketball Coach
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Ann Hancock (’92) enters her fourth season as Wingate head women’s basketball coach in 2015-16. During the 2014-15 campaign, Hancock and the Bulldogs compiled a 22-10 overall record. Wingate finished second in the South Atlantic Conference regular season standings, advancing to the NCAA tournament for a SAC-record 13th season.
In 2014-15, graduate student forwards Chantal Dunbar and Andrea Bertrand were All-SAC selections. Dunbar was a first team choice, while Bertrand was a second team pick. Both Bulldog redshirt senior point guard Brittany Hill and sophomore guard Shelby Tricoli received honorable mention All-SAC laurels.
Wingate women’s basketball senior guard Jasmine DeBerry was one of 10 student-athletes named to the 2015 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team®. This prestigious award pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them.
Hancock led Wingate to the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2013-14. The Bulldogs compiled a 24-6 overall record during the 2013-14 season, advancing to the NCAA Division II tournament.
In 2013-14, Wingate seniors Janitsha Williams and Kayla Harris were first team All-SAC selections. Both student-athletes were named to the Daktronics All-Southeast Region teams, as Harris received first team laurels. Bulldog guard Shelby Tricoli was an All-SAC Freshman team pick.
In 2012-13, Hancock helped mentor Chantal Dunbar and Janitsha Williams as they achieved All-SAC honors. In her fourth game at the Bulldog helm, Wingate defeated defending regional champion Lander in Greenwood, S.C. Thanks to the work of Hancock and her staff, Wingate hosted its inaugural Future Bulldog Day for local fifth graders on Dec. 19, 2012.
Prior to returning to her alma mater, Hancock spent two seasons as an assistant women’s basketball coach at East Carolina University. Prior to her time in Greenville, she was the head women’s basketball coach at UNC Wilmington for 10 seasons. Hancock was an assistant coach for eight seasons at UNC Chapel Hill, helping the Tar Heels win the 1994 NCAA Division I national championship. As a basketball student-athlete at Wingate, Hancock was all-conference and all-district for four seasons each.
At East Carolina, Hancock assisted in all phases of the basketball program. She was involved in on-the-floor coaching, recruiting and scouting. Hancock was also engaged in student-athlete academic progress and summer camps.
While the head coach at UNC Wilmington, Hancock led the Seahawks to the most NCAA victories in school history and the most wins in any three consecutive year period. She was the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2003. The same season, she helped the Seahawks set a new attendance record. UNCW signed the most highly-touted recruiting class in school history in 2003.
Hancock helped Seahawk superstar Cherie Lea earn first team All-CAA honors two years in a row. She coached one NCAA I-AAA Strength and Conditioning Female Athlete of the Year, one CAA Defensive Player of the Year, two Strength and Conditioning All-Americans and two CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award winners during her UNC Wilmington tenure.
Hancock assisted in all phases of coaching for the 1994 NCAA Division I national champion UNC Tar Heels. She was heavily involved in recruiting; Hancock signed the numbers one, four, five, seven and 14th-ranked high school players as the program’s recruiting coordinator. She coached on the floor during practice, with specific work geared to the UNC perimeter players.
In addition, Hancock assisted with player development and prepared in-depth scouting reports on Tar Heel opponents. She coached WNBA players Sylvia Crawley, Marion Jones, Charlotte Smith and Tracy Reid. As a collegian, Smith was the ESPN National Player of the Year. Reid was the WNBA Rookie of the Year. Hancock mentored numerous All-Academic team selections.
Hancock scored 2,195 points during a distinguished Wingate career (1989-92). As a senior, she led the Bulldogs in scoring with her 19.9 points per game. During her tenure, Wingate compiled a 103-23 overall record. The Bulldogs advanced to the NAIA national tournament each season. Hancock and her teammates won three conference and three district titles.
The 1992 NCAA Woman of the Year for North Carolina, Hancock earned a prestigious NCAA post-graduate scholarship. She was Wingate’s first-ever Academic All-America® selection in 1990. In addition to her basketball exploits, Hancock lettered in volleyball three years and softball one year for the Bulldogs. At Wingate’s 1992 commencement exercises, she won the Budd E. and Ethel K. Smith Cup. The Smith Cup is awarded annually to the senior judged to have made an outstanding contribution through leadership of fellow students.
Hancock holds a Master of Arts degree in Sports Administration from UNC Chapel Hill. She earned a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Public Relations at Wingate, graduating magna cum laude. Hancock won the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award and the South Atlantic Conference President’s Award in 1992. Hancock is the daughter of Mrs. Lou Hancock and the late Mr. Tom Hancock of Elizabethtown, N.C.
The Bulldogs lead the SAC with 13 appearances in the NCAA Division II national tournament. Wingate has an overall NCAA tourney record of 15-14 with Elite Eight appearances in 1995, 1996 and 2008. The Bulldogs have won 11 SAC regular season crowns and seven SAC tournament championships. In 1988, Wingate compiled a 33-2 overall record en route to an appearance in the NAIA Final Four.
In 37 senior college seasons, Wingate women’s basketball has 780 victories and 324 losses. Since joining the SAC in 1990, the Bulldogs have won 11 regular season titles and seven SAC tournament crowns.