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Nolan Completes Staff With Benton and Moore

June 14, 2010

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EASTON, Pa. - Dianne Nolan, Lafayette's first-year women's basketball coach, has completed her coaching staff with the additions of Shireyll Moore and Kim Benton as assistant coaches.

Moore spent the 2009 basketball season as the assistant girls basketball coach at her alma mater of Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High School and also has numerous camp coaching experiences. She brings with her collegiate playing experience at Fairfield University where she suited up for 117 games for the Stags from 2005-09. Fairfield was 40-22 in her final two seasons, each of which ended in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament.

The native of Mount Vernon, N.Y. graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pyschology from Fairfield and is currently working toward her master's degree at West Virginia University where her father, Lowes, was an All-American basketball player who went on to play in the NBA. At Fairfield, she was a Dean's List student, a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection and also represented the school at an NCAA Leadership Conference in 2008.

Kim Benton will serve as Lafayette's third assistant.

"Shireyll is a bright, young coach, full of energy with a terrific work ethic and understanding of the game," Nolan said. "Her ability to instruct, recruit and familiarity with our system will be a great fit for the Lafayette women's basketball program."

Benton comes to Lafayette fresh off a collegiate playing career at the University of Massachusetts where she was a four-year player in the Atlantic 10 who started 67 of 119 games in which she played. In her senior season, Benton was second on the squad with 85 assists while starting 29 games. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Education.

"Kim is an energetic, positive and well-prepared recent graduate of UMass," Nolan said. "Her knowledge of guard play and ability to instruct will be a tremendous asset to our program."

A native of Springfield, Pa., Benton played her high school ball at Cardinal O'Hara where she led her team to a pair of Philadelphia Catholic League titles. Benton served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Comets AAU girls basketball club for four seasons and has also spent time as a site director of the Blue Chip Basketball Tournament at Penn State from 2007-09.

Moore and Benton join Kim Foley who was named Nolan's top assistant coach on June 11.