By David Knox
Motlow State Community College has hired Kezia Conyers, formerly an assistant at South Georgia Tech, as its new women’s basketball coach.
Conyers replaces LaTanya Collins, who went 27-32 in two seasons, including a 19-12 record last season. She is now the head coach at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD.
Conyers, 35, is a native of Tallahassee, FL, and played at Appalachian State University. She received her Master’s degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences from Ohio University and has been coaching basketball at various levels for 10 years, the past six at South Georgia Tech.
This will be her first head coaching post.
Motlow Director of Athletics Dr. John Chandler said she was one of 64 applicants for the position.
“We narrowed it down to the top six,” Chandler said. “There wasn’t a person that we brought to campus that wouldn’t have done a great job. She was a good all-around student-athlete and she transitioned into coaching. Over her coaching career she’s become a formidable recruiter. Been part of a winning tradition (at South Georgia).
“After speaking with her head coach at length, this isn’t going to be her last head coaching job. I just hope we can keep her a while.”
Besides being a top-notch recruiter, Chandler said, “She has a passion for the whole development of the person, not just as a basketball player.”
Conyers is the author of the book “Go Beyond,” which details experiences athletes will endure once their playing career is over. Former athletes share their sentiments and experiences about how they transitioned to life after sports.
“I read that book and it made me even more excited,” Chandler said.
Conyers has coaching experience on the high school and collegiate level. She previously was the guard development coach at Tallahassee Community College. She also was an assistant basketball coach and Intramural Director at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC as well as assistant coach at Maclay High School and FAMU High School in Tallahassee.
Conyers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Recreation and Sports Sciences from Ohio University.
She had an outstanding basketball career as a player at Appalachian State. She was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year for 2002-2003, was the ASU Women’s Basketball MVP for 2004-2005 and again in 2005-2006. Conyers was also named an All-Southern Conference Selection for 2005-2006. She is among the top 15 scorers in App State history.
Conyers has been involved with numerous community service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen and the Big Bend Homeless