SALISBURY, N.C. – A woman who said she scheduled games against CIAA teams because of her respect for the conference is the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Livingstone College.
Tiffany Silver, former head coach at Wilmington University in Delaware, was announced Friday by Livingstone Athletic Director Andre Springs during a press conference in the J.W. Hood Building on campus. She becomes the ninth head women’s basketball coach for the Blue Bears.
In her brief remarks, Silver thanked Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Springs and Dr. State W. Alexander, III, executive assistant to the president and vice president for communications & public relations, for the support their support.
“I appreciate you for entrusting me with the responsibility of fostering this program of young women, as athletes and more important as young women,” Silver said. “A great foundation has been laid here by my predecessors, and my mission is to take their success to the next level.”
Jenkins said after the press conference he’s glad Silver accepted the institution’s offer to join the Livingstone family.
“I am excited about Coach Silver,” Jenkins said. “I was very impressed with her during the interview, and I’m confident she’ll come in and do a great job and the women’s basketball program, which has enjoyed success in recent years, won’t skip a beat.”
Silver replaces Anita Howard, who left Livingstone after two seasons for another coaching position.
Silver comes to Livingstone after four seasons at Wilmington University, which competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. Her overall record at Wilmington was 32-76; however, to her credit the team had won only three games in the season before she became the head coach. And last season, her Wildcats finished 14-14 overall, including a 9-10 conference mark.
Before assuming the head job at Wilmington, Silver worked as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Johns Hopkins University, where she helped the Blue Jays to a stellar 24-5 record and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays won the Centennial Conference and were undefeated against Top 25 DIII opponents. At Hopkins, Silver focused on developing the guards and post players.
From 2005 to 2011, Silver was the head coach at Western High School in her native Baltimore, where she helped lead the Doves to 20 or more wins in all six of her seasons, compiling a 126-30 overall record. During that time, the Doves went 60-0 against Baltimore City competition and enjoyed three three-straight undefeated seasons. Silver led them to five Baltimore City championships, five regional championships and three state title-games.
In 2009, Silver was selected as the head coach for the premiere game of the McDonald’s Roundball Classic All-Star Game, which featured the top talent from Maryland, Virginia, D.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Particularly important to Jenkins, Silver boasted perfect graduation and college-acceptance rates during her time at Western. She also coached at other Maryland high schools, including Towson Catholic High School.
Silver is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and also played on the women’s basketball squad.
Silver has a 4-year-old daughter, Doriyan.