FLORENCE, S.C. – First-year Francis Marion University women’s basketball head coach Valecia Tedder has announced that Janna Magette of Birmingham, Ala., has joined her staff as an assistant coach.
Magette’s primary responsibilities will include recruiting, on-floor coaching, individual player workouts, pre- and post-season workouts, and helping in the area of academic support for team members. This will be her first collegiate coaching position.
“I am very excited about having Janna join our program,” Tedder said. “I first met her when I was playing at UAB and she was a grade-school player in Birmingham. I later tried to recruit her to Middle Tennessee State when I was an assistant there. She is young and energetic, and will be an important addition to our plan for the women’s program at Francis Marion.”
Magette recently earned a B.A. degree in religion from Davidson College, where she was a four-year standout on the Wildcats’ hoop team.
As a senior, she led Davidson in scoring (15.3 ppg), steals, (54), three-point shooting (36.5%), free throw percentage (87.0%), and minutes played, while earning first-team All-Southern Conference honors. She ended her playing career as the school’s second-leading scorer with 1,392 points, ranked among the top five in career assists and steals, and was twice named her team’s most valuable player. She established a new Southern Conference mark for three-pointers made in a career (213), as well as setting school season records for three-pointers made and free throw percentage.
While at Davidson, Magette was also involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Rusk Eating House, and Catholic Campus Ministries. She was named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for two years.
Magette graduated from Hoover (Ala.) High School, where she was a two-sport star in basketball and softball. She set school career marks for points (1,664) and assists (484), was twice named to the USA Today honorable mention team for Alabama, and as a senior was selected to the first-team All-State squad and named the Birmingham News South Zone Player of the Year.
Over the past eight summers, she has worked camps at Middle Tennessee State University, UNC Charlotte, Davidson, Hoover High School, and The Cannon School in Concord, N.C.
FMU returns six lettermen from last season’s 16-11 squad that tied for second place in the Peach Belt Conference’s North Division.