July 24, 2014
Kenya Kirkland joins Auburn's staff after playing and coaching at Georgetown for the last eight seasons.
AUBURN, Ala. - Kenya Kirkland, who played for head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy at Georgetown from 2006-10, has been named director of operations for the Auburn women's basketball team, Williams-Flournoy announced today.
Kirkland comes to Auburn after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown, where she focused mainly on recruiting, defense and guard development. Prior to being named an assistant coach, she served as assistant operations manager for the team.
"I am excited about working at Auburn," Kirkland said. "Auburn is a university that values the student-athletes and its community. It is a privilege to work for Coach Flo, someone I respect and admire, and I am very grateful for this opportunity."
Kirkland joined the Georgetown's staff in 2010 after a four-year playing career with the Hoyas where she was a team captain as a senior and appeared in 109 games with 17 starts to her credit.
"Kenya brings a lot of familiarity with our playing style, having played for me at Georgetown," Williams-Flournoy said. "She is someone that knows me extremely well, and I feel like this is a great opportunity to have her join our staff."
In her role as assistant operations manager at Georgetown, she assisted all four coaches in the office and in practice, working primarily on defensive schemes.
In Kirkland's four playing seasons, the Hoyas steadily improved earning a pair of postseason berths including a trip to the WNIT and another to the NCAA Tournament.
Her junior year, Georgetown went to the WNIT and posted an impressive run to the quarterfinals. As a senior, Georgetown broke out onto the national scene posting a 16-game win streak, national rankings and a trip to the NCAA Tournament where the squad fell in the second round to Final Four-participant Baylor.
Kirkland, a native of Brooklyn, New York, graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, then earned her master's degree in social and public policy. She was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and participated in both the Leadership Academy and Grassroot Hoyas.