(gomocs.com) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – As a student-athlete, Jasmine Joyner’s name is sprinkled in the record books of Chattanooga, the Southern Conference and even the NCAA. Now, his name will be added to head coach Shawn Poppie’s first staff for the Mocs.
“I’m thrilled to bring Jas back to Chattanooga,” Poppie said of the former Mocs center. “She was a phenomenal player who played a big part in putting Chattanooga women’s basketball on the map. Her love for UTC and our women’s basketball program has never been stronger. improved with the addition of Jas to our staff.
The all-time No. 8 shot blocker in NCAA women’s basketball history is returning to Scenic City for graduate school and will join the Mocs staff as a student assistant.
Joyner has remained in close contact with Jon Goldberg who is entering his sixth season as Mocs assistant coach. After tearing her anterior cruciate ligament while playing professionally in Nottingham, she had no definite plans for her future, or even returning to Chattanooga.
“After keeping a close bond with Coach Jon, he called me that Coach Poppie offered me an opportunity,” Joyner said. “Talking with Coach Poppie has confirmed that I am exactly where I need to be. This opportunity is something I am grateful for every day.
Joyner played professional basketball for four years starting with one year with Kouvottaret in Finland (2017-18), the next season with Amicale Steesel Luxembourg and finally two seasons with Nottingham. She has been named All-Defensive Team, Player of the Week, Player of the Month and Nottingham Athlete of the Year multiple times.
Additionally, while with the Wildcats, Joyner teamed up with former Chattanooga teammate Chelsey Shumpert.
“Having a college teammate on my team has been a blessing,” Joyner said. “It felt like a piece of home was with me overseas. I knew someone who knew my style of play and vice versa. It was also good to know that we were representing Chatt at the same time.
While she can’t wait to return to the familiar confines of McKenzie Arena, her home for four seasons, she’s also looking forward to the fans.
“Moc Nation has the best fans in the world!”
Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Two-time Southern Conference Tournament MVP
Three All-Conference Selections
Three-time All-SoCon Tournament selection.