Only six seasons into her career as a head coach, Yolett McPhee-McCuin has already demonstrated an ability to turn programs around quickly.
Prior to hiring McPhee-McCuin in 2013, the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team only had three winning seasons in its 14-year history. In five seasons as Jacksonville’s head coach, McPhee-McCuin won 60 percent of her games and led the Dolphins to their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
McPhee-McCuin, who was born in the Bahamas and played most of her college career at Rhode Island, took on a new challenge when she was named the Ole Miss head coach on April 4, 2018. The Rebels haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2007 and went 9-39 in SEC play the past three seasons.
After losing her first three conference games, McPhee-McCuin got her first SEC win on Sunday when the Rebels went on the road and defeated No. 16 Kentucky, 55-49. It was the program’s first win at Kentucky since 2007 and its first road win over a ranked opponent since 2011.
“We weren’t afraid of coming in and playing someone that was ranked,” McPhee-McCuin told the SEC Network after the game. “That’s what’s good about a young team. I don’t even know if they knew [Kentucky] was ranked.”
Following the win, the coach sent out a tweet giving thanks to God.
HottttyyyyyFreakinToddyyyyyyy! What an incredible victory for our team!!! This program! To God Be The Glory!!!!❤️💙 https://t.co/zYruHnG4Zu
— CoachYo (@YolettMcCuin) January 13, 2019
McPhee-McCuin is not shy about sharing her faith and expressing her gratitude to God through social media.
Ended 2018 with a blessing! My former players, staff, friends and family made me a video for my 100 wins. I got so emotional! I thank God for the people He has put in my life! If He didn’t do another thing…. it would be enough! Happy New Years Eve!
— CoachYo (@YolettMcCuin) January 1, 2019
Sunday Word! I am who God says I am! Powerful 🙏🏽 https://t.co/GKHtbO7psA
— CoachYo (@YolettMcCuin) December 30, 2018
If her past success is any indication, the upset win over Kentucky is just the beginning for McPhee-McCuin and the Ole Miss women’s basketball program.
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