Cherie Lea Accepts Assistant Coach Position at Wingate
July 2, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne head women's basketball coach Dan Burt has announced that Cherie Lea has accepted the assistant coaching position at Wingate University. Lea, who served as director of basketball operations, will be reunited with Ann Hancock, who was her head coach at UNC Wilmington.
"Cherie's end goal was to be an on-the-floor coach and this is the next step in her journey," said Burt. "Cherie did an outstanding job at Duquesne I expect her to do an outstanding job at Wingate."
Wingate is a NCAA Division II school in Wingate, N.C. which is approximately 30 miles southeast of Charlotte. The Bulldogs play in the South Atlantic Conference.
Burt also announced the promotion of Jade Singleton ('08) from head student manager to Lea's previous position.
Singleton played with the Dukes from 2005-08. Her senior season, she was named team captain and started all 30 games. She finished the year with a team-high 202 rebounds which was 10th best in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Additionally, Singleton shot 44.3 percent from the floor which was 15th best in the conference.
After receiving her bachelor's in elementary education, Singleton went on to teach 4th, 5th and 6th grade reading, language arts and English in the Duquesne City school district. Singleton also coached 7th and 8th grade basketball at Duquesne City.
In 2009, Singleton was hired as an assistant at Oakland Catholic High School. In her three seasons with the Eagles, Singleton helped coach the team to a 62-18 (.775) record which included 33-3 (.916) record in WPIAL AAAA Section 3. In 2012, Oakland Catholic finished with an impressive 28-3 record and trips to both the WPIAL and PIAA Championship games.
"Jade is somebody who made personal and professional sacrifices to join our program," said Burt. "Jade has earned this promotion as director of basketball operations through her hard work, efforts and dedication to Duquesne women's basketball."