Michala Hash, a Woodlawn native and 2013 graduate of Carroll County High School, recently received her Master’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University in Shelby, N.C. and also accepted a full-time coaching position with Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.
Hash joined the Coker women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach in August. She will be assisting Head Coach Shannon Johnson, who has an impressive basketball career as a ladies professional basketball player, international team player, as well as U.S. Olympian in the 2004 Summer Games in Greece.
“I am very excited about joining Coach Johnson here at Coker. As many know, I played at Tusculum College a few years ago, which is in the same conference as Coker, the South Atlantic Conference. So with that, I am really excited about being back in the conference. But I am even more excited to be a part of Coker,” Hash said. “Coach Johnson and I officially met this summer at a coaching conference. We were able to get dinner one day and really hit it off. She is a veteran in the sport of basketball. She played professionally for 10 years in the WNBA as well as overseas. She is a seven-time WNBA all-star and an Olympic Gold Medalist. I am truly honored to work with her and learn from her.”
Hash heads to Coker after spending the last two years as a graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division I and Big South member Gardner-Webb University while working on her Master’s Degree. During her time at Gardner-Webb, Hash assisted with all areas of player liaison, administrative recruiting, alumni relations, fundraising, summer camps, scouting, and game preparation.
“I’m very excited to add Michala as our new assistant coach,” said Johnson. “She knows our conference through her playing days at Tusculum and has gained valuable coaching experience from her coaching stint at Gardner-Webb. Her main responsibility will be coaching our guards and defense.”
Hash is familiar with the South Atlantic Conference as she competed for Tusculum College from 2014-16. Additionally, Hash excelled in the classroom during her time at Tusculum, being named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, D2ADA Honor Roll, and Tusculum’s Dean’s List from 2014-16.
“Coker has a very supportive community. Everyone around athletics here is so friendly and welcoming,” Hash said. “I am proud to join the Cobra family and excited to begin my collegiate coaching journey.“
Michala is the daughter of Bill and Karen Hash of Woodlawn, granddaughter of Claude and Alene Hash of Pipers Gap and the late Leon and Zula Martin of Hillsville.
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