Janell Crayton, BCU
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bethune-Cookman announced the hiring of Janell Crayton as the new head coach of the women’s basketball program on Thursday.

Coach Crayton has an extensive resume of leadership on and off the court and comes from Kennesaw State University where she served two years as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Before Kennesaw State, she worked under Coach David Six at Hampton University where she was a part of three straight winning seasons which included a place in the NCAA tournament in 2016-17. Before Hampton, Coach Crayton also served a well-respected list of other fine institutions including UNC Asheville, the College of William and Mary, Colgate University, Oberlin College, and Oglethorpe.

Off the court, Coach Crayton served as a Campaign Associate for The United Way of Greater Atlanta where she led multiple fundraising campaigns and coordinated with large corporate partners to help raise tens of thousands of dollars for the organization.

An amazing athlete, Coach Crayton Coach Crayton boasts international playing experience that include stops throughout the Czech Republic and Izmir, Turkey, where she also ran youth camps. Coach Crayton also had the opportunity to teach basketball fundamentals to high school students at Wesley Girls School in Ghana West Africa.

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A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Coach Crayton recently obtained her Master’s Degree from Ohio University where she completed the prestigious Sports Administration program. She is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), as well as the Black Coaches Association and has also graduated from the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy. Crayton is also a 2006 graduate of Davidson College, where she was a four-year letter winner for the Wildcats. A two-year captain, Crayton was named First-Team All-Southern Conference and All-Tournament Team in 2006. In addition, she was named to the North Carolina All-State team in 2006. On top of her court performances, she was also a standout in the classroom. She was twice named to Academic All-Conference.

“I am honored to be given this awesome opportunity as well as responsibility. Bethune-Cookman is a prestigious institution and the chance to lead the women’s basketball program is a lifelong dream come true. I am so excited to work with the young women of this team as well as the entire Wildcat family. I look forward to embarking on this journey as we move into the SWAC conference and continue to build a successful program on and off of the court.” said Coach Crayton.

B-CU Senior Associate Director of Athletics Sandra L. Booker welcomes Coach Crayton.

“I am so excited to have Coach Janell Crayton take the helm of our women’s basketball program,” Booker said. “Janell has the total package and exudes the enthusiasm and passion for the game of women’s basketball that will greatly enhance our program. We anticipate great things from her leadership and welcome her to the Wildcat family.”

Courtesy: BCU Athletics


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