UAFS men’s basketball coach Justin Bailey has announced the recent hiring of Aaron Proctor as assistant men’s basketball coach.

Proctor is a native of Houston and was previously the head boys basketball coach at North Forest High School in Houston.

“I am excited to welcome Aaron to our Lions family,” Bailey said. “I knew once I first met with him that he would be the man for the job. His maturity, his experience and knowledge will help me continue the success here at UAFS. Also, his recruiting ties and relationships in Texas will help us to continue to recruit quality student-athletes as well.”

Prior to becoming head boys basketball coach at North Forest High School, Proctor was a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach for two seasons at NCAA Division I Kansas State. His primary duties were assisting in the initial breakdown of game video, aid in gathering scouting information as well as helping coordinate film exchange. He also assisted with the recruiting database and team travel.

Before joining the Kansas State coaching staff in July 2015, Proctor spent two years (2013-15) as head coach at Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas.

At Alvin, he was in charge of the overall coaching, supervision and organization of the boys basketball program, including skill development and classroom achievement for student-athletes. He developed and implemented promotional and marketing campaigns for the basketball program using all relevant social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and website).

Under his guidance, Alvin had a five-game win increase during 2013-2014 season and a one-game improvement during 2014-2015 season. He led the team to its first district wins since the 2009 season (two total) and most wins since 2008 (six). He coached the District 22-5A Newcomer of the Year/First Team All-District as a freshman, one first-team 22-6A All-District performer, five Honorable Mention All-District performers and two Academic All-District performers.

He also spent one season as head coach at Reagan High School (2012-13) in Houston and was assistant coach at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, from 2006-12.

Proctor graduated from Cal State-San Bernardino in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He played one season for head coach Jeff Oliver in 2004-05, helping the Coyotes to a 21-6 overall record, a CCAA title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. He received a Master of Science Degree in College Student Personnel and Intercollegiate Athletics from Kansas State.

Women's basketball

UAFS women’s basketball coach Tari Cummings has announced the recent hiring of Haleigh Lankster and KaeLynn Boyd as assistant coaches.

Lankster, who is from Tulsa, was head girls basketball coach at Tulsa’s Carver Middle School and assistant girls basketball coach at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School for three seasons.

She also was head coach and player development trainer for OK PWP Basketball for five years.

“Haleigh’s capacity to connect with the student-athletes, along with her ability to develop them on and off the court, is what drew me to her and made me want her to be a part of our program,” Cummings said.

Lankster is a graduate of Wichita State, where she played basketball for four seasons (2008-12). She played professional basketball overseas for one season (2013-14) in Montenegro and for one season (2014-15) in Slovenia.

Prior to joining the UAFS coaching staff, Boyd spent the past year playing professional basketball overseas for K.B. Tirana, which is based in Tirana, Albania.

“KaeLynn’s energy and passion for the game in addition to her willingness to learn and grow is what excited me about having her join our program,” Cummings said.

Boyd, a native of Boutte, La., played basketball for three seasons for NCAA Division I University of Rio Grande Valley (former Texas-Pan American) before finishing her collegiate playing career and graduating from NCAA Division I Southeastern Louisiana State.

She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana State in 2016, and following graduation, Boyd began her coaching career at St. Helena College and Career Academy, where she led the team to its first playoff season in decades.

“Both young ladies are great additions to our program and family,” Cummings said. “Our student-athletes are lucky to have them as coaches and mentors.”

Volleyball

UAFS volleyball coach Jane Sargent has announced the recent hiring of Gary Preston Jr. as assistant volleyball coach.

Prior to joining the UAFS coaching staff, Preston Jr., who is from Northeast, Md., was assistant volleyball coach for the London (England) Orcas of the Super 8s Women’s Volleyball League for one season (2017-18). He served as recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator, equipment manager and player in practice and was in charge of statistical and film analysis.

“We were very fortunate to hire Gary Preston Jr. as our new assistant volleyball coach,” Sargent said. “Of all the qualified candidates we had interested in the position, he stood out to me the most. His background in playing professional sports, as well as his degree in sports psychology, will be of great value to our team development.”

In his spare time while living in the United Kingdom, Preston Jr. was the head coach of the Westminster Volleyball Club Limited based in London and was in charge of teaching fundamentals and coordinating practice sessions and served as rotational coach and equipment manager.

Preston Jr. also coached the New York Juniors Volleyball Club for one season (2016-17) in the New York City and was in charge of practice and conducting specialty skills and performance camps and clinics. He provided mentorship to student-athletes and helped them with college applications and balancing the athletics-academics workload. He also served as travel coach and was in charge of statistical analysis.

He was assistant men’s volleyball coach for one season (2016-17) at Hunter College. He served as recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator, equipment manager and player in practice. He was in charge of statistical analysis and provided mentorship to student-athletes, helping them with nutrition and fitness and balancing the athletics-academics workload.

That season, Hunter College was ranked in the Top 10 in NCAA Division III, posted an overall record of 28-7 with three wins versus Top 10 teams and posted an 8-0 conference record.

Preston Jr. is also an accomplished tennis player. He started his student-athlete career at Harford Community College. From 2005-07 he became a NJCAA All-American along with earning regional honors. Years later while attending New Jersey City University, Preston Jr. was a tennis instructor in the New York City Metropolitan Area. For four years he had the honor of working with top international junior players, along with Top female players on the WTA tour.

Preston Jr. is a 2015 graduate of New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies. He was a member of the men’s volleyball team (2012-14), and he was team captain for one season (2014) and received All-Conference honors. Preston is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology.