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App State Women’s Basketball Finalizes Coaching Staff

App State women’s basketball coach Alaura Sharp announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Rabun Wright and Director of Recruiting & Community Relations Cassie Nichols to complete her staff on Monday.

“We are excited to announce the last two additions to our staff,” Sharp said. “Both are a great fit for App State and the Boone community. Rabun and Cassie both bring energy and an important skill set to our staff. Rabun has experience at different levels and universities. She has recruited at a high level and has made every program better at each stop. Her basketball knowledge and passion for developing young women will be an immediate impact to our team.

“Cassie is one of the most positive people I have been around. She has a tireless work ethic and is committed to the development of our fan base and community engagement. Cassie’s marketing background and mindset will be a huge asset to our program. I am thankful they chose to join our basketball family.”

Rabun Wright | Assistant Coach
“I am incredibly grateful to Coach Sharp for giving me the opportunity to join her amazing staff here at Appalachian State,” Wright said. “App State truly is a special place. The combination of community support here in Boone and the standard of excellence across the athletic department is something I am excited to experience and be a part of. I look forward to investing in the student-athletes here and helping bring to life the vision that Coach Sharp has for the future of this program. It is an exciting time in these beautiful mountains.”

Wright spent the 2023-24 season as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for New Mexico State. Wright helped the Aggies to a Conference USA semifinal appearance and three All-CUSA selections. Prior to her stop at New Mexico State, Wright spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State. Wright helped guide the Gamecocks to their fourth consecutive winning season in 2022-23. During the 2021-22 season, the Gamecocks posted an NCAA Division I program-best record of 24-8. She helped lead Jacksonville State to an ASUN West Division title and a WNIT bid, marking the program’s first postseason appearance at the Division I level. Wright also made stops at Shorter University and Florida Southwestern State. In her time at FSW, the Buccaneers amassed an overall record of 54-11 in two years, won two conference titles and two bids to the NJCAA national tournament. Additionally, she worked with multiple sports ministry programs in Italy as well as in Germany. While abroad, she worked in tandem with Malta’s International Olympic committee and trained athletes who competed for Malta’s National Team.

From 2012-15, Wright was a member of the North Alabama women’s basketball team. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management from Shorter University.

Cassie Nichols | Director of Recruiting & Community Relations
“Coach Sharp has been someone I have looked up to for as long as I’ve known her and I am beyond honored to work on her staff,” Nichols said. “I believe in her and her vision for the program and I’m just happy to be a part of this new era of App State Women’s Basketball. I am excited to dive into the App State community, show our future Mountaineers what we’re made of, and go to work with the team.”

Prior to joining Sharp’s staff at App State, Nichols served as the marketing manager at Presbyterian College. While with the Blue Hose, she provided social media and photography coverage for the women’s basketball team throughout their run to the NCAA tournament. While working in the MarComm office, she also provided coverage of the 20th Presidential Inauguration, Homecoming Week festivities and graduation ceremonies for main campus. She also worked as an advancement intern with the Presbyterian College Office of Advancement.

Nichols was a four-year member of SAAC’s leadership team and competed on the Presbyterian softball team, earning a degree in political science with minors in history and media studies.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}