First-year Southern Arkansas women's basketball head coach Adam Collins has announced the hiring of his top assistant for the 2018-19 basketball season.
Joining Collins on the W.T. Watson hardwood will be Danielle Fleming who comes to Magnolia with extensive head coaching experience in the Ohio prep ranks, as well as on the AAU circuit after a career as a player at Ohio Christian University.
Prior to accepting the Southern Arkansas job, Fleming most recently served as the head girls basketball coach at The Wellington School (Upper Arlington, OH) for the 2017-18 season where she led the Jaguars to the Division IV district semifinals and a 15-10 mark overall.
Preceding her one season stint at The Wellington School, Fleming spent two seasons at the helm of the girls basketball program at Licking Heights High School (Pataskala, OH).
While at Licking Heights, Fleming engineered a pair of successful campaigns in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons and finished her two-year stretch with 29 total wins. In her first year, the program won a school-record 14 games on its way to a second-place finish in the conference. Fleming was instrumental in coaching three All-District and All-Conference Players as well as the Conference Player of the Year. The next season saw Fleming guide the Hornets to a school-best 15 wins en route to the program's first-ever Division I playoff win.
Additionally, Fleming served as a basketball skill development coach on the board for the Girls Leadership Basketball Academy (GLBA), which serves young female athletes looking to take their game to the next level through leadership development classes, film study and organized 3 on 3/5 on 5 games with the goal of improving confidence on and off the court by developing individual leadership and basketball skills.
Fleming has also gained experience as the head coach of the All Ohio Red girls basketball team of the AAU circuit and has spent considerable time working at the Buckeye Impact & Leadership Basketball Academy (Gahanna, OH).
As a player for the Trailblazers, Fleming capped a decorated career by being named the NCCAA Division II National Player of the Year in 2011 as well as being tabbed an NCCAA First-Team All-America honoree, the NCCAA Mid-East Region Co-Player of the Year, and an All-OCAC First-Team selection as a senior. The year before, Fleming helped OCU to a Runner-Up finish nationally, while being named the National Tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Fleming received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Ohio Christian University in June of 2012 and most recently graduated from Northcentral University in May 2017 with a master's degree in education with a specialization in athletic coaching.
Fleming is married to Daron Fleming.