Coaching Staff

 

Tamoira Holmes
Assistant Coach

Tamoria Holmes is in her first season as Howard's women's basketball assistant coach after joining the staff in May of 2017.

Holmes comes to Howard after recently serving as an assistant women's basketball coach at Norfolk State during the 2016-17 season.

Holmes is back to the nation's capital and at her alma mater to work with team's guards. Her other responsibilities include recruiting, game and practice preparation, camps, social media, alumni relations and community service projects.

"Tamoria is an up and coming young coach," Grace said. "I'm excited to have her come back home! She's a fierce competitor and proven winner. I know she will be a tremendous asset as a coach, like she was when she was a player here!"

During her time on the bench for the NSU, Holmes helped the Spartans to a 15-15 record, including a 9-7 mark in the MEAC. The Spartans advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 MEAC Tournament in March. She worked with the team's backcourt in addition to being responsible for recruiting, team travel, game preparation and overseeing the team's strength and conditioning program.

Prior to her time in Norfolk, Va., Holmes was an assistant coach for two seasons at Chowan University. The Hawks compiled a 20-9 record, including 13-3 in the CIAA. The Hawks also earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional under her tutelage. In Holmes' two seasons at Chowan, the Hawks posted a 22-10 conference record.

Holmes was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the Howard women's basketball team from 2009-13. She helped guide the Bison to the MEAC Tournament championship game three times in her career. Holmes had her best season during the 2011-12 campaign, when she was a First Team All-MEAC performer after leading the conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game. She also ranked fourth in the MEAC in steals (2.5) and sixth in free-throw percentage (77.0) that season, which culminated in Howard posting a 24-9 record (14-2 MEAC) and earning a berth in the WNIT.

A member of Howard's 1,000-point club, Holmes earned Second Team All-HBCU All-America honors following the 2011-12 season.

A Durham, N.C. native, Holmes earned her bachelor's degree in health science from Howard in 2013.

 

Brian Davis
Assistant Coach

Brian Davis was named an Assistant Coach for the Howard University women’s basketball program in the summer of 2017.

Davis came to Howard after serving as an Assistant Coach for the women’s basketball team at Towson University. He was responsible for guard/wing development, recruiting and scouting at Towson.

Prior to his tenure at Towson, Davis spent the previous seven seasons as an Assistant Coach at Hampton University. Davis was the Recruiting Coordinator for five out of his seven seasons and helped the Lady Pirates find plenty of success during his time at Hampton. Hampton won 20-plus games in five of the seven seasons Davis spent on the bench. The Lady Pirates also won five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships from 2010–2015 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons. Davis and Hampton also made a postseason appearance in 2014-15 as they advanced to the second round of the WNIT.

At Hampton, Davis was responsible for guard development of the Lady Pirates. Under his guidance, Malia Tate-DeFreitas was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year and was a two-time MEAC Player of the Year honoree. Tate-DeFreitas ranked 11th in the nation in scoring (21.3 ppg) as a sophomore and 16th as a junior (21.4 ppg). Tate-DeFreitas and Jericka Jenkins both earned First Team All-MEAC honors multiple times under Davis’ tutelage. Jenkins was among the nation’s leader in assists per game, averaging 7.0 assists or better in each of her final two seasons.

During his coaching career, Davis had eight players sign professional contracts. He has also served as a WNBA Combine Coach for the past four years which was directed by Dee Davis.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from Tennessee Technological University in 2007. He completed his master’s in sports administration from Hampton University in 2016.

While at TTU, Davis played football and was a starter at defensive back in his final two seasons. He tallied 184 tackles, nine interceptions and two touchdowns on punt returners in his career. Davis also got his coaching career started while in his hometown of Huntsville, Ala., serving as an Assistant Coach for the 13-and-under AAU Huntsville Heat squad.

Davis is married to the former Tierra Scales.

 

Donnie Stith
Assistant Coach

Donnie Stith enters his first year as a Bison after being announced as Howard University women’s basketball assistant coach. 

Previously, Stith was the head coach at the Boo Williams Summer League in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was responsible for developing and communicating goals that encourage athletic, academic and personal growth of individuals and the team throughout the summer and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) season. 

Prior to Boo Williams Summer League, he was the girls varsity basketball head coach at Salem High School after being promoted from being the boys varsity assistant coach. There he organized detailed scouting reports for players and coaching staff, led practice and game preparation, on court and film breakdown, and implemented a study hall program for pre-season, mid-season and post-season. Stith found much success coaching the Sun Devils. He was named the 2015-2016 Virginia High School League (VHSL) Conference 9 Coach of the Year and guided the squad to a VHSL Division 5 Regional Championship a year later.

Before coaching, Stith had an extensive basketball career of his own playing on both a Division 1 collegiate level and internationally. He was a forward on the Tulane University team under the tutelage of head coach Dave Dickerson. Stith appeared in 118 games as a Green Wave, playing over 2,600 minutes and accumulating over 740 points, 550 rebounds and 141 blocks. 

Stith then took his talents abroad. He played with the Dornbirn Lions in Austria, where he was on the 2nd Division Regional Championship team. Additonally, he played with the UCD Marian, leading the Irish Superleague club in scoring with 17.8 points per game. 

Stith is a Tulane University graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts in 2008.