NC State Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Last Game

Indiana
Loss 70-73
Mar 27, 2021
Sweet Sixteen
Wes Moore

Wes Moore

Head Coach

Since taking over the Wolfpack in April of 2013, Moore has posted an 112-52 (.682) record and led NC State to three NCAA Tournament appearances and postseason invitations each year. He has led the Wolfpack to a 51-29 (.637) record in ACC games, a league that consistently ranks among the top conferences in NCAA Division I basketball. Four of Moore’s five seasons have included significantly surpassing preseason league projections and three have concluded in fourth-place finishes in the 15-member league. All five of his seasons in Raleigh have been winning seasons, and four have included 20 wins or more.

Nikki West

Nikki West

Associate Head Coach

Nikki West returned to the NC State coaching staff as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2020-21 campaign and was re-elevated to associate head coach ahead of the 2022-23 season. West previously spent five seasons (2013-14 through 2017-18) on the Wolfpack staff, and she rejoined the Pack after spending the 2019-20 campaign as an assistant coach for the Charlotte 49ers.

In her seven seasons with the Wolfpack, West has helped the program post a 166-59 overall record and an 80-31 record in ACC games. She's helped lead NC State to postseason invitations each year, including five NCAA Tournament appearances, Sweet 16 berths in 2018, 2021 and 2022 and an Elite Eight berth in 2022. With her help, the Pack has put together six 20+ win campaigns, four top-four ACC finishes, and five top-25 national finishes.

Upon returning to the staff ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, West got back to work with the Wolfpack's post players. She played a large role in the development of two-time ACC Tournament MVP, WNBA draftee and All-American center Elissa Cunane. That season, NC State repeated as ACC Tournament champion, went 22-3 (12-2 ACC) and finished the year with a Sweet 16 appearance and a program-best-tying No. 3 final ranking.

In 2021-22, West helped guide the Pack to its third-straight ACC Tournament title and its first regular-season and tournament crown sweep since 1984-85. In addition to reaching the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the first time since 1998, the team won a program-record 32 games and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25.

In her first season at NC State (2013-14), West helped the Wolfpack to a 25-8 record, a fourth-place finish in the ACC standings and an NCAA Tournament appearance. After an 18-15 campaign in 2014-15 and a 20-11 season in 2015-16, she helped lead NC State to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 in 2016-17 with an impressive 23-9 record (12-4 ACC). She also aided in authoring upsets of four top-15 teams throughout that season: No. 2/2 Notre Dame, No. 6/7 Florida State, No. 12/15 Duke and No. 9/7 Louisville.

During the 2017-18 campaign, West's final season in her first stint with the Pack, NC State went 26-9 on the year and won two NCAA Tournament games in Raleigh before advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 11 years.

West also worked closely with 2014 WNBA Draft picks Markeisha Gatling (first round) and Kody Burke (third round). During the 2013-14 season, she helped Gatling become the nation's most accurate shooter and helped the Wolfpack's star center achieve an 81 percent increase in scoring output from the prior season (9.6 ppg to 17.4 ppg).

Prior to following Moore to NC State in April 2013, she served on his staff at Chattanooga for nine seasons. That included six years as an assistant coach before she was elevated to associate head coach for her final three seasons with the Lady Mocs.

At Chattanooga, West played a key role in the team's seven Southern Conference titles and five NCAA Tournament selections. The Lady Mocs earned 25 First Team All-SoCon honors, five SoCon Tournament MVPs and 23 All-Tournament selections dating back to her first season with the program (2004-05). The team posted an overall record of 220-68 (.763) with West on the sidelines.

No stranger to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the former Nikki Blassingame was an All-ACC performer at Clemson from 1996-99. She helped the Tigers to four NCAA Tournament appearances and played in 126 career games.

Clemson won the program's first ACC Tournament title in 1996 when West was a freshman. The Tigers repeated that feat in 1999 when she was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team during her senior year. That 1998-99 squad won a school-record 26 games, reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and finished the season ranked 10th by the Associated Press.

As a senior, she started all 31 games while averaging 10.4 points and 7.9 rebounds. West graduated in 2000 with a degree in early childhood education from Clemson. She was a three-year member of the athletic department's Tiger Honor Roll.

West also previously coached for USC Upstate (2002-04), the Carolina Lady Flames AAU team (2002) and the junior varsity/varsity teams at Dorman High School (2000-02).

A native of Seneca, S.C., West led Seneca High School to the state championship her senior year. In June 2011, she married Marcus West, who is now an assistant head coach for the Buffalo Bills.

Brittany Morris

Brittany Morris

Assistant Coach

Brittany Morris was added to the Wolfpack women's basketball staff as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Morris joined the Pack after spending the 2020-21 season as an assistant coach at ECU. She previously spent time in Raleigh as a graduate assistant for NC State during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.

Morris' first season back with the Wolfpack marked one of the most historic seasons in program history, and she played a vital role in leading a star-studded group of NC State guards. Under her guidance, Diamond Johnson was named a top 10 finalist for the Lieberman Award and was honored as ACC Sixth Player of the Year. Wolfpack rookie Aziaha James was also named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.

In 2021-22, Morris helped guide the Pack to its third-straight ACC Tournament title and its first regular-season and tournament crown sweep since 1984-85. In addition to reaching the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the first time since 1998, the team won a program-record 32 games and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25.

Prior to her time at ECU, Morris was on the staff at UNCW for three seasons. She helped UNCW win 13 home games in 2018-19, which marked the most for the Seahawks since moving to Division I. Under Morris' tutelage, UNCW's Shrita Parker was named the USBWA National Player of the Week in January 2019 as well as being named Second-Team All-CAA following the 2018-19 campaign.

She took on the additional responsibility of recruiting coordinator during her last two years with the Seahawks, helping bring in a top-100 recruiting class in 2018 and signing the top-ranked class in the CAA each of those seasons.

Morris started her collegiate coaching career at Virginia Tech, serving as video coordinator for the 2014-15 campaign. She then made her return to Raleigh for her stint as graduate assistant. While with the Pack in that role, Morris helped the team to a 43-20 combined record. That included a 23-9 clip in 2016-17 and advancement to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

As a player, Morris was a four-year letterwinner for Seton Hall where she played from 2009-13. She started three seasons for the Pirates and led Seton Hall in scoring (13.6 ppg) during the 2012-13 campaign on her way to earning Second Team All-Big East honors. Morris is ranked 23rd in Seton Hall's history with 997 career points and second with 178 career three pointers. She also excelled in the classroom, earning spots on the Big East All-Academic Team and the Dean's List.

A native of Raleigh, Morris earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Seton Hall in 2013 and her master's degree in communications from NC State in 2017. She played high school basketball at local Broughton High School before starting her collegiate career.

COACH MOORE'S TAKE:
"We're excited to welcome Brittany back to our program. She's an up-and-coming coach who excels in a lot of areas. Not too far removed from her own days as a player, Brittany will do a great job with our guards while serving as a mentor to all our players. She's also a passionate recruiter who brings established relationships with both in-state and East Coast players and coaches. Most importantly, I know first-hand that Brittany is a great person who will always be there to support and lift up our student-athletes in basketball and in life."

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Assistant Coach

Wolfpack women's basketball alumna Ashley Williams (Class of 2017) made her return to Raleigh as an assistant coach on NC State's staff prior to the start of the 2022-23 season.

Williams joined the Wolfpack staff after spending the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana, which is where she also completed a two-year graduate manager stint (2017-19) immediately following her graduation from NC State.

Over the last two seasons, Williams helped the Hoosiers to some of the best results in program history. In 2020-21, her first year as an assistant coach at Indiana, the team reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in program history, went 21-6 overall and finished second in the Big Ten for the highest regular-season finish in school history. Williams was a part of the team's second-straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2021-22 as the team posted a 24-9 record. She helped lead the Hoosiers to the 2022 Big Ten Tournament championship game, their first such appearance in 20 years, and their highest-ever NCAA Tournament seed.

During Williams' time at Indiana, the Hoosiers were ranked in the Top 25 every week, including rising as high as No. 4 in the Associated Press poll this past season. She was instrumental in helping develop IU's guards, including the program's leading scorers in Grace Berger and Ali Patberg, who both earned All Big-Ten honors each of the last two seasons.

Perhaps most impressively, Williams was recognized as one of the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 honorees in 2020-21. She was honored among the nation's top up-and-coming women's basketball coaches under the age of 30 for exemplifying her involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner and attitude and professional association involvement.

After earning her master's degree in athletic administration from Indiana in the spring of 2019, Williams officially began her full-time coaching career as an assistant at Furman for the 2019-20 season. In her year with the Paladins, the program earned a fourth-place league finish, and Williams played a significant role in recruiting, scouting and in the development of Furman's guards. She most notably worked with Le'Jzae Davidson, who finished her career with the Paladins as the program's third all-time leading scorer, and Tierra Hodges, a SoCon First Team selection.

As a player, Williams enjoyed a well-rounded career at NC State during which she wrote her name into the program record book and was also heavily recognized for her accomplishments off the court.

She played in 117 games during her four years with the Wolfpack and earned the starting nod in 61 of those outings over her last two seasons on the team. Williams ended her NC State career ranked fourth in program history in career three-point percentage (.376) and sixth in career three pointers made (168). As a senior in 2016-17, Williams averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a starting guard on an NC State squad that advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years.

A native of Cary, N.C., Williams graduated from NC State in 2017 with a degree in industrial engineering. She was named the 2016 Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year and was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and a three-time All-ACC Academic Team member.

 
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