STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ashley Langford announced the hiring of an assistant coach TJ Sawyer and the promotion of Zach Goding to the Director of Basketball Operations.
Sawyer joins Langford’s coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach at Vermont for the past four seasons. In 2021-22, Vermont went 20-11, 13-5 America East and made a trip to the conference semifinals with Sawyer on the staff. Coach Sawyer helped the team to its first 20-win season since the 2009-10 campaign.
“I am thrilled to add TJ to our program. He comes from a very successful program and knows how to win. His infectious positivity and ability to connect with people will help uplift our women and the community of Stony Brook” , said coach Langford. .
Prior to being on the Vermont staff, Sawyer coached basketball in the Burlington, Vermont area since 2009 and joined the Catamounts after two years as the girls’ varsity coach at South Burlington High School. In his final season at South Burlington, the team went 15-7 and finished fourth statewide in Division I.
Sawyer previously served as an assistant coach for three years at St. Michael’s College and was a varsity coach at Colchester High School from 2009 to 2013.
Goding was promoted to director of basketball operations after serving as video coordinator for the Seawolves in the 2021-22 campaign. In his first season on Long Island, Stony Brook posted a 23-6, 14-4 America East record. The Seawolves’ 23 wins last season were tied for fourth in a season in program history.
“Zach so deserves this promotion. His work ethic and attention to detail will help him thrive in this position. It’s been fun watching him grow as a person and I look forward to his next step in our program,” Coach Langford said. .
Stony Brook had marquee victories over two Power Five opponents in Washington State (69-62 on Dec. 19, 2021) and Rutgers (53-44 on Nov. 16, 2021) with Goding on staff. The wins were the third and fourth over Power Five opponents in program history.
Prior to joining Langford’s coaching staff at Stony Brook, Goding spent three seasons as director of students at North Carolina State University, where he managed operations for team practices, games and games. trips for the program. While on staff as a student manager, NC State won the 2020 ACC Tournament, its first ACC Tournament title in 29 years.
During his three seasons at NC State, he provided support to the coaching staff by producing scouting reports and video analysis. He helped hone the character and skills of the program, while working closely with the coaching staff, who helped the team on back-to-back trips to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Goding has also held positions with PGC Basketball as a Sales/Service Representative, as well as with TPG Sports Group as a Pro Scout School Intern. He received his bachelor’s degree from NC State in 2020.
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