Joni Crenshaw joined the Georgia staff as an assistant coach in June 2011 and was promoted to associate head coach in July 2012. With a dozen seasons of collegiate coaching experience, including the last six in the SEC, Crenshaw owns an ever-increasing reputation as one of the brightest young coaches in the women's game.
"Joni possesses a vast amount of experience as both a college basketball coach and former player in the Southeastern Conference," Andy Landers said. "She is a skilled recruiter and coach, but equally important, she's a quality person who is an excellent role model for the young people whose lives we impact on a daily basis."
Crenshaw spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at LSU following two years as associate head coach at Alabama, her alma mater.
Crenshaw also was on the staff at Louisiana Tech for three seasons, serving as an assistant coach for two years before being promoted to associate head coach. She began her career on the bench with a three-year stint at Troy from 2002-05.
At each of the aforementioned coaching stops, Crenshaw has signed top prospects and then helped them develop into highly successful players.
In the first three signing classes during Crenshaw's tenure in Athens, Georgia's 13 scholarship newcomers arrived at UGA with a combined 16 high school state titles. That group featured six standouts ranked among the nation's top 100 prospects and included a quartet of State Player of the Year honorees.
Crenshaw helped Alabama and LSU land top-5 individual prospects in the classes of 2010 and 2011 and also spearheaded the Tide's recruiting class for 2010 that ranked among the nation's top 10. With Crenshaw on staff, Lousiana Tech inked the 2006 Miss Basketball for both Alabama and Mississippi and Troy signed two future Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year honorees.
Crenshaw herself was a highly sought after prospect. A native of Meridian, Miss., she was the 1997 Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi after leading Meridian High to a 67-7 record during her junior and senior seasons. She also won three state titles in track and field and was selected as the school's Homecoming Queen.
At Alabama, Crenshaw was a significant contributor to four teams that reached post-season play - the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Tournaments and the 2000 and 2001 WNITs. She was a two-year starter and scored 716 points, grabbed 555 rebounds and blocked 103 shots, a tally that still ranks No. 4 among the Crimson Tide's career leaders.
Crenshaw also was a standout off the court. She was recognized as one of the most influential African Americans on the Alabama campus in 2001, was named to the SEC's Community Service team for women's basketball in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was awarded a post-graduate scholarship from the SEC for her community service record.