August 29, 2013

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Fairleigh Dickinson women’s basketball program welcomes the addition of new Associate Head Coach Devin Jefferson to the staff, Head Coach Peter Cinella announced Wednesday. The North Jersey native’s duties will include recruiting, scouting, player development and on-court assistance.

“We are very excited to have Devin Jefferson joining our staff as our top assistant,” Cinella said. “I have known her for a long time, dating back to a home recruiting visit with her and her family. She is a very experienced coach, who has learned a great deal in the past three years at the University of Vermont. She will be a very good addition to our staff.”

Jefferson comes to FDU after spending the last three years at Vermont, where she helped end a three-year conference losing streak in the America East. Jefferson was responsible for landing Paterson, N.J. standout Shanai Hebner, an America East All-Defensive honoree.

Prior to Vermont, Jefferson coached at Bloomfield College, a Division II powerhouse in Bloomfield, N.J. She aided the Lady Deacons in post player development, as the team became a major defensive and rebounding contender in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Jefferson spent two seasons at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, N.J. before coaching at Bloomfield. She helped lead the team to a record of 24-5, the Union County championship in 2004-05, and a berth in the state playoffs. Jefferson also served as a basketball instructor for Hoops Heaven in Whippany, N.J. and was an AAU coach for the Garden State Sharpshooters from 2001-03.

A native of Orange, N.J., Jefferson’s roots run deep in the Garden State, as she spent her undergraduate and graduate years at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. Jefferson was designated captain her senior year, and helped the Pirates reach a winning season in 2000-01. She also achieved All-Academic Big East Honors for three seasons of her career and was awarded the Most Improved Player and the Richie Regan Leadership Award in 2001.

Jefferson graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a Master of Arts in public administration, with a concentration in public service and leadership from Seton Hall in 2003. She was also selected a Leadership Newark Fellow in 2008, and was awarded the Paul Flynn Leadership Award in 2010 for her commitment to public policy issues in Newark, N.J.