Khadija J. Head begins her third season on the coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh. Head also begins her third year as the recruiting coordinator for the Panthers.
Head served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Middle Tennessee State from 2007-10, helping guide the squad to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in her final two seasons. Head, who put together a top-25 nationally ranked recruiting class in 2009 and a followed with a stellar 2010 recruiting class, was instrumental in signing three Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Miss Basketball award winners over a three season span for the Blue Raiders.
In 2008, Head helped sign a pair of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans to MTSU in Dana Garrett and Shytoria Davis. Head also assisted in the development of All-Americans Amber Holt and Alysha Clark while at MTSU, both of who were WNBA Draft selections. Holt, a first-round pick in 2008, was the nation's leading scorer during the 2007-08 season and was selected to four All-America teams. Clark, who led the nation in scoring in two-straight seasons, was a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year and an Associated Press All-America Third Team honoree.
In total, Head has coached four players that have been selected on WNBA draft day. In addition to Holt and Clark, Tanisha Smith was a second-round pick by the Seattle Storm in 2010 and Lauren Ervin was a second-round selection by the Connecticut Sun in 2008.
Prior to her tenure at MTSU, Head was as an assistant coach and the director of basketball operations at the University of Arkansas from 2005-07. Head developed scouting reports, game strategies and recruiting correspondences. In addition to assisting in the coordination of camps, she also planned all travel and oversaw ordering, managing and distribution of apparel for the women's basketball team. Head assisted in the recruiting of Ervin, who was named the 2006 Southern California Player of the Year and an All-SEC Second Team selection in 2007.
Head has also worked in an internship capacity at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). While at the WBCA, she planned and coordinated arrangements for the 2005 High School All-America game presented by Nike. Head also oversaw the management and distribution of Nike apparel for staff members, volunteers and participants.
Head was a four-year standout at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. During her four-year career for the Racers,she was twice named to the Ohio Valley Conference Honor Roll and three times selected to the MSU Dean's List. Head started all 28 games her senior season and as a junior set a then single-game school record with 14 assists versus Southeast Missouri.
Acum laude graduate in Organizational Communications, Head earned a Black Coaches Association (BCA) Postgraduate Scholarship and an NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics in 2003.
During the 2003-04 season, Head was a graduate assistant coach at Slippery Rock University. Her duties at SRU included coordinating Midnight Madness activities, developing a recruiting database and assisting in the production of youth camps. She also created a summer strength and conditioning program and coordinated film exchange with conference and non-conference opponents. Head completed her master's degree from the school in 2004.
Head, a native of Atlanta, Ga., participated in the NCAA and BCA Achieving Coaches Excellence (ACE) Program in Indianapolis during the summer of 2011. She also attended `A Step Up', an athletic symposium to elevate professionals and uplift performance in the athletic coaching field, both in 2011 (Chicago)and 2012 (Dallas)
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