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Women’s Basketball

Team Bios

Player
#2
Amarilis Floyd
HEIGHT: 5’5"
HIGH SCHOOL: Pine Ridge HS
HOMETOWN: Orlando, FL
NICKNAME: Floyd

WHY FTCC? Floyd chose FTCC because she feels she will have a great chance to play in the NBA. Floyd is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is Cleveland Cavaliers. She is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing at FTCC.
Player
#3
Khadija Oliphant
HEIGHT: 5’3"
HIGH SCHOOL: South View HS
HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY


WHY FTCC? Oliphant chose FTCC because she felt it was a great opportunity for a scholarship to a 4 year college. Oliphant is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is the Warriors. She is currently pursuing Associate in Science degree at FTCC.
Player
#22
Jada Mitchell
HEIGHT: 5’9
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Pauls High School
HOMETOWN: Montgomery, WV

WHY FTCC? Mitchell chose FTCC because she felt it was a great opportunity to play professional basketball. Mitchell is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is Cleveland Cavaliers and the Steelers. She is currently pursuing Associate in Science degree at FTCC.
Player
#12
Aundraya Doyle
HEIGHT: 6’0
HIGH SCHOOL: Fayetteville Christian HS
HOMETOWN: Iacoma, WA
NICKNAME: Draya

WHY FTCC? Doyle chose FTCC because she wants to be an FTCC Alumni and play basketball. Doyle is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is OKC. She is currently pursuing Associate in Science degree at FTCC.
Player
Genesis
#10
Genesis Bernard
HEIGHT: 5’3
HIGH SCHOOL: Jackson HS
HOMETOWN: Jackson, AL
NICKNAME: Gen

WHY FTCC? Bernard chose FTCC because she felt it was military friendly and close to home. Bernard is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is Chicago Bulls. She is currently pursuing Associate in General Studies at FTCC.
Player
#15
Tyra Evans
HEIGHT: 6’0
HIGH SCHOOL: Jack Britt HS
HOMETOWN: Fayetteville
NICKNAME: Ty

WHY FTCC? Evans chose FTCC because she felt it was a great opportunity getting a academic scholarship to transfer to University of North Carolina. Evans is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is OKC. She is currently pursuing Associate in Arts degree at FTCC.
Player
Monet
#20
Monet Turnipseed
HEIGHT: 5’3
HIGH SCHOOL: Pine Forest HS
HOMETOWN: Columbia, SC
NICKNAME: Mo

WHY FTCC? Turnipseed chose FTCC because she felt it was a great opportunity to play professional basketball. Turnipseed is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is the Clippers. She is currently pursuing Associate in Arts degree at FTCC.
Player
Kylan
#23
Kylan Saylon
HEIGHT: 5’10
HIGH SCHOOL: Westover HS
HOMETOWN: Decatur, GA
NICKNAME: Say Say

WHY FTCC? Saylon chose FTCC because she felt it was the best educational opportunity and a chance to play basketball. Saylon is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is Atlanta Falcons. She is currently pursuing Associate in Arts at FTCC.
Player
#0
Olivia Hales
HEIGHT: 5'7
HIGH SCHOOL: Lincoln High
HOMETOWN: San Diego
NICKNAME: La-La

WHY FTCC? Hales chose FTCC because she felt it was a great opportunity to reach her goals. Hales is a Sophomore, and her favorite sports team is the LA Lakers. She is currently pursuing a Health and Fitness degree at FTCC.
Player
#11
Brandi Paige Castell
HEIGHT: 6’0
HIGH SCHOOL: Westover HS
HOMETOWN: Kingston, Jamaica

WHY FTCC? Castell chose FTCC because of the stellar academic programs. Castell is a Freshman, and her favorite sports team is Miami Heat and Golden State. She is currently pursuing Associate in Science at FTCC.

Coaching Staff

Full Name Title Phone Email
Eric Tucker Head Coach 910-678-1034, 910 818-0941 tuckere@faytechcc.edu
Head Coach
Eric Tucker
Eric Tucker’s success as a coach is undeniable. Over 17 years as head coach at Fayetteville State University, Tucker coached the Women’s Basketball team to victory in 299 games, six division totals, and a CIAA tournament championship. He also led the Broncos seven times to the NCAA Division II tournament.
On Nov. 1, 2016, Coach Tucker won the 300th basketball game of his coaching career as his Lady Trojans opened the season with a 98-35 win over Central Carolina Community College.
Tucker graduated from North Carolina Central University in 1977 with a degree in physical education. He married his wife, Theresa, in 1985. Together they have three children: Keith, Erica and John Allen.
Shortly thereafter, he went on to coach men's basketball at Spring Lake Junior High School. After earning his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Fayetteville State University, he was asked to coach the women’s basketball team in 1992.
After resigning from Fayetteville State University, Tucker worked at FTCC as the fitness center director for the Spring Lake campus. He accepted the position as Head Coach to the Lady Trojan’s when the Women’s Basketball Program was launched in April, 2016.
Tucker says his coaching philosophy is simple: the team with the most points wins. He says, “You can’t get hung up on technicalities. We run the court. We press. We lead in steals, force turnovers and points … this is my philosophy.”
Assistant Coach
Mike Rich
Born in Washington DC, Coach Rich graduated from Hampton University in 1993. His playing history included a stint playing for Hampton University in the 1991 CIAA Championships. From 1993-2009, he was the assistant coach for Fayetteville State University's Women's Basketball Team. Rich has been a coach for over 16 years.

Rich says his coaching philosophy is made up of four integral parts:
1) At the end of the day and at the beginning of the day, basketball is just a game. Players lose their fire and passion for the game when it’s no longer fun.
2) The only way to get better is to work harder. You have to be willing to put in the work.
3) Always remember that you are a student/athlete in that order with student being first the ultimate goal is to get an education.
4) Rich's number one rule in basketball, in life, and in general is this if you forget all the rules, always remember just one: do what's right.

Rich believes working at FTCC has given him a great opportunity to get back into coaching, and he feels he can make a good impression on the students and players. Rich says: "Sports, in my estimation, is a lot like life. You need to have focus; you get in a routine of going to practice is like going to work. The games are just like the real world. You aren’t going to win every game and everyday isn’t going to be a great day. How you bounce back from the bad games and the bad days will define you as a person."

Rich says his biggest coaching role models are his parents. "Without them there is no me," he says.