After another successful season at Jackson State, women’s basketball coach Tomekia Reed — unsurprisingly — is being considered a candidate for a Division I job.
According to a report by Tim Lownsdale of TN Report, Reed is among the list of candidates for the recent opening at Memphis after Katrina Merriweather resigned and was later hired by Cincinnati.
Reed is a suspected candidate along with Alex Simmons (Gardner Webb), Lauren Sumski (Lipscomb) Nina, Davis (MTSU) and Shereka Wright (UT-Arlington).
She has led Jackson State to four SWAC regular season championships and two conference tournament titles.
Memphis WBB HC short list via TN Report search firm:
Alex Simmons – Gardner Webb
Lauren Sumski – Lipscomb
Nina Davis – MTSU
Tomekia Reed – Jackson State
Shereka Wright – UT-Arlington@johnvarlas
— Tim Lownsdale (@tlownsdale) March 25, 2023
But this isn’t the first time Reed has drawn interest from other schools. The JSU coach previously revealed that she interviewed with Power Five schools.
“I had several interviews with some Power Five institutions,” Reed told KCOH Radio. “I mean, it was amazing. It came down the stretch, and I was one of the finalists for a particular position, but I was not afforded that opportunity. I had another opportunity that was offered to me, and I almost accepted that opportunity. But, I felt like it was more work to be done.”
Earlier this season, Reed detailed the challenges of coaching at an HBCU in response to larger online conversations about the subject.
“Coaching at an HBCU is not for the weak,” Tomekia Reed wrote on Twitter. “You’re going to fight battles internally and externally. And if your program experiences any type of success, it will be even harder. I chose to come back for the fight. To truly even the playing field and do something that’s never been done.”
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