App State women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin announced the hiring of Christina “Jazz” Weaver as the program’s new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on Thursday. Weaver will also act as the academic liaison for the program.
“We are beyond ecstatic to welcome Jazz to our staff,” Elderkin said. “She is someone that I have had my eye on for a while because she values building relationships and will be a huge asset to our program. Jazz will serve as our recruiting coordinator and I am excited about the experience and commitment to winning that she will bring.”
“I am super excited for this opportunity to work for Coach Elderkin and her staff,” Weaver said. “I believe in Coach Elderkin’s vision for the program as well as these young ladies who want to reach their full potential on and off the court. From the time I stepped foot on campus during the interview process, I knew I wanted to be a Mountaineer. I’m excited for what the future holds.”
Weaver joins the Mountaineers after serving as the director of program development for the Charlotte women’s basketball team. While with the 49ers, she compiled end-of-game analyses of the team’s opponents as well as assisted with scouting and organizing video content for each opponent. Last season, the 49ers went 22-10 (15-3 C-USA) and defeated Rice, North Texas and Louisiana Tech to win the C-USA tournament title. The 49ers made their third program appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 14 seed and faced No. 3 seed Indiana in the first round.
Weaver was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at MAAC contender Canisius from 2018 to 2021. During her tenure with the Golden Griffins, she coached 2019 All-MAAC Third-Team honoree D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks, who now plays professionally overseas. While in Buffalo, N.Y., Weaver was named a 2021 WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaching Association)/Wilson Opportunity Scholarship Recipient as well as a 2019 WBCA Thirty under 30 honoree.
Weaver’s career has also led her to stops at East Carolina (2017-18), Northern Illinois (2016-17) and UNC Greensboro (2014-16).
During her year at NIU, the Huskies recorded their first 20-win season in over a decade. The Huskies also made their first postseason appearance in over 20 years after earning a WNIT bid.
Weaver began her coaching career at her alma mater, UNC Greensboro, starting as director of basketball operations before being promoted to assistant coach. She coached First-Team All-Southern Conference honoree and the program’s all-time leading scorer, Lucy Mason.
Weaver competed on the women’s basketball team at UNCG from 2008-12 as a four-time letterwinner. She appeared in 85 career games and helped lead the Spartans to four consecutive SoCon Tournament appearances. She graduated from UNCG in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in sociology criminology with a minor in African American studies. She was also selected as a 2012 WBCA So You Want to be a Coach member.
Hailing from Covington, Ky., Weaver is a member of the Covington Public School Athletic Hall of Fame.