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Niagara names Pierce as women’s hoops coach

Philadelphia native Jada Pierce, most recently an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s of the Atlantic 10, has been named head women’s basketball coach at Niagara.

Pierce replaces Kendra Faustin, who left to take the same position at Ferris State in her home state of Michigan.

A 18-year veteran of the coaching ranks, Pierce also has been an assistant at Army, Mount St. Mary’s, UMass, Marist, UMass-Lowell and Delaware. She also was head coach at Division II Cheyney State from 2004-06.

Pierce played at West Chester University, serving as co-captain her senior season.

“Pierce emerged from an impressive list of qualified applicants to lead our women’s basketball program,” Niagara Director of Athletics Simon Gray said in a university release. “She has handled all duties as a top Division I assistant, brings experience as a head coach and her positive energy is contagious.”

Niagara plans to introduce Pierce at a news conference later this month.