Univ. of North Alabama Women's Basketball

Coaching Staff

 

Adrianne Harlow
Associate Head Coach

Adrianne Harlow is in her sixth season as assistant women’s basketball coach at North Alabama. She has 16 years of college coaching experience and came to UNA after serving with head coach Missy Tiber in coaching stops at Southern Illinois, Tusculum and Belmont Abbey.

Harlow spent four seasons as assistant coach at Southern Illinois, including the final 15 games of the 2012-13 season as the team’s interim head coach.

Prior to her time at SIU, Harlow was instrumental in a dramatic turnaround at Tusculum College, helping guide the Pioneers to four-consecutive winning campaigns, including back-to-back 26-win seasons and South Atlantic Conference Championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

At Belmont Abbey, she helped guide the Crusaders to an average of 20 wins per season, including the 2004-05 team's 22-8 record with an appearance in the Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) Tournament championship game. Her first season at Belmont Abbey was a memorable one, as the Crusaders won 22 games and captured a share of the conference championship, en route to a CVAC Tournament title and a berth to the NCAA Division II East Regional.

The Tipton, Ind., native played her collegiate career at West Liberty State College, where she was a three-time All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) standout. Harlow was also the NCAA Division II National Statistical Champion in assists per game twice in her career. She averaged 8.0 assists per game in 1999-2000 and averaged 8.5 per game the following season. Her 843 career assists are third all-time at West Liberty and fifth most in NCAA Division II history.

Harlow led the Hilltoppers to a pair of WVIAC Championships, three WVIAC Tournament titles and three NCAA Div. II Tournament berths. She was also a three-time WVIAC All-Tournament and Second-Team NCAA All-East Region selection. In 2001, she was also selected to the Daktronics All-East Region squad and earned the WVIAC Tournament Heart and Hustle Award. Harlow ended her career with 1,005 points, 405 rebounds and finished third in program history with 185 steals and fourth in free throw percentage (74.1 percent). She was also the East Region Scholar Athlete of the Year.

In 2006, Harlow was named to the West Liberty State College Sports Hall of Fame. In March 2007, Harlow was named one of the top 25 women's basketball players in the history of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Harlow earned a bachelor's degree in 2001 from West Liberty with a specialization in administrative mathematics. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and founder of Hoops Heaven Basketball Skill Development.


Josh Ashley
Assistant Coach

Josh Ashley enters his second season as assistant women's basketball coach at North Alabama. He came to UNA after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at West Texas A&M, where he helped lead the Lady Buffs to an appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight last year.
 
While at WTAMU, Ashley helped with recruiting and scouting reports as the Lady Buffs won a conference championship in the 2015-16 season before winning the NCAA South Central Region title the following year.
 
Ashley was also an assistant coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College in August 2012 and helped lead the Lady Mountaineers to a 21-12 record in the 2014-15 campaign.
 
From 2010-12, he spent two seasons as the men's basketball graduate assistant at Angelo State, where he helped with on-the-floor recruiting and administrative duties. He also assisted the men's basketball strength and conditioning program. He earned his master's degree in coaching, sports recreation and fitness administration in August of 2012.
 
Ashley graduated from Tarleton State with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports studies in December of 2008. While at TSU, he interned with the strength and conditioning program and worked with track and field, basketball, baseball and football.
 
He is a native of Kilgore, Texas, where he starred in both football and basketball at Kilgore High School.  He and his wife Tish have three children, Josiah, Kaleb and Nathan.


Ellen Holton
Assistant Coach

Ellen Holton is in her third season at North Alabama. After spending two years as a graduate assistant, she was promoted to assistant coach for the Lions in the summer of 2018. She comes to UNA after serving as a graduate assistant coach for the Wheeling Jesuit University women’s basketball team for one season. While at WJU, the Cardinals had an overall record of 27-6, tying the program’s all-time win record and advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time in over a decade.
 
Prior to WJU, Holton played Division II basketball at Northern Kentucky University for her sophomore and junior years before NKU transitioned to the Division I level for her senior season. At NKU, Holton averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and was a part of the first team in NKU’s history to participate in post-season play at the Division I level in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).
 
Before arriving at NKU, Holton was recruited out of high school to play at Tusculum College by then-head coach Missy Tiber and assistant coach Adrianne Harlow. The TC Pioneers made their deepest post-season run in school history, advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
 
Holton is a 2009 graduate of Elgin High School in Illinois. She lettered in basketball, averaging 14 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She was a two-time all-tournament selection and four-time academic all-conference pick.


Sharin Rivers
Graduate Assistant

Sharin Rivers is in her first season as graduate assistant for the North Alabama women’s basketball program. The Huntsville, Ala., native lettered two years at Shelton State Community College before playing her final two seasons at the University of Alabama.

She helped Shelton State post a 33-1 record, win the ACCC title and advance to the quarterfinals of the 2013 NJCAA Division I tournament. She was a second team All-ACCC as a sophomore and ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA in assist/turnover ratio at 3.4. She averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. At Alabama, she was a Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll selection. She played in 58 games, averaging 3.9 points per contest. Her two-year totals include 229 points, 41 three-pointers, 106 rebounds 70 steals and 96 assists.

Rivers prepped at Sparkman High School where she received first team All-State honors at the Class 6A level. She led the Senators to the 2011 state regional finals and was a member of the 2011 AHSAA All-Star Basketball Team.

She is pursuing a master’s degree in HPER at UNA.


Spenser Scopel
Strength and Conditioning Coach for Women's Basketball

Spenser Scopel enters his first season as the University of North Alabama women’s basketball strength and conditioning coach. The St. Charles, Missouri, native came to UNA after serving strength and conditioning internships at Iowa State and Rice.
 
Scopel graduated from Missouri-St. Louis in May of 2018 with a degree in exercise science. He served as intern sports performance coach for the Tritons during his senior year, implementing training and nutrition programs for all 13 Olympic sports including men’s and women’s basketball. He also directed training, conditioning and recovery sessions for all sports.
 
After graduation, Scopel served as intern strength and conditioning coach at Rice for three months, working with the Owls’ football offseason training program. He also assisted with women’s swimming before moving to Iowa State in July.
 
At Iowa State, he worked with the Cyclones’ football program throughout fall camp and regular season.
 
Scopel has certifications in CPR/AED, CSCS, USA Weightlifting and USA Basketball.


Anna Talbot
Athletic Trainer

Anna Talbot has served on the athletic training staff at UNA since August of 2009. She first came to the school as a graduate assistant, and was later named assistant athletic trainer in 2011 after earning a Masters of Science in human performance and health promotion from UNA in 2011.
 
She is a 2009 graduate of Troy University with a degree in athletic training. The Valley, Ala., native is a board certified athletic trainer and is currently responsible for women’s basketball and women's golf. She has also previously worked with the Lion softball, volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis teams.