Coaching Staff

Josh Cooperwood
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Josh Cooperwood begins his first season with Georgia Southern women's basketball as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season.

Cooperwood comes to Statesboro from fellow Sun Belt Conference school UL Monroe, where he served as an assistant coach for the Warhawks for the 2018-19 season. He also has previous stops at Mississippi Valley State (2017-18) and at NC Central (2016-17).

A graduate of Tennessee State University and a former All-OVC standout for the Tigers, Cooperwood began his coaching career as a student assistant for the men's team. He transitioned over to the Tennessee State women's team as the director of basketball operations for three seasons, then was an assistant coach in his final season with the Tigers in 2015-16.

Cooperwood earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Tennessee State in 2003.

Coretta Brown
Assistant Coach

Coretta Brown begins her first season on the Georgia Southern women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Brown joins the Eagles after serving as an assistant coach at the University of West Alabama for the last two seasons. Prior to joining the Tigers staff, she started the women's basketball program at Thomas University, serving as head coach for four seasons for the Nighthawks from 2012-16.

A four-year player at the University of North Carolina and a four-year veteran of the WNBA, Brown was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree and still holds the career record for three-point field goals (251) made at UNC, which is third in ACC history. She was team captain as a junior and senior, leading UNC to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003. Her 517 assists are third in Tarheel school history. She graduated from UNC with her bachelor's degree in African American Studies in 2003.

Chris Straker
Assistant Coach

Chris Straker begins his first season as an assistant coach for Georgia Southern for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

Straker joins new head coach Anita Howard in coming to Statesboro from Columbus State University, where he served as a graduate assistant for the Cougars in 2018-19. Prior to Columbus State, he worked as a student assistant at San Diego State University for five seasons. 

A native of Manchester, England, Straker has 15 years of advanced level coaching experience under his belt with European basketball, including stints as a head coach with women's club teams such as Leeds Carnegie, Manchester Mystics, as well as the North West U17 regional squad. 

He also served as associate coach with the Great Britain U20 and England U18 national teams. Under his tutelage, Straker's teams captured three national titles, while many of his pupils have secured collegiate scholarships in the United States or have gone on to play professionally in Europe. He graduated from San Diego State with his bachelor's degree in communications in 2017.


Haley Carter
Director of Operations

Haley Carter begins her first season as the Director of Basketball Operations for Georgia Southern women’s basketball in 2019-20.

Carter served as a graduate assistant for the Georgia Southern track and field team in 2018-19 while pursuing her master’s degree in Sport Management.

A former standout student-athlete for the Eagles, Carter was a career .264 hitter for the Georgia Southern softball squad from 2015-18, twice earning Sun Belt Academic Commissioner’s List honors and twice earning Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll honors. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Georgia Southern in 2018.

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