July 25, 2008
INSTITUTE, W.Va. - Holy Cross graduate Renee Bostic (Class of 1996) has been named the head women's basketball coach at West Virginia State University. The announcement was made by West Virginia State president Hazo W. Carter, Jr., and athletic director Bob Parker on Friday, July 25. Bostic was one of three finalists chosen from among over 100 candidates by a search committee chaired by Parker.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity of coming to West Virginia State University," said Bostic. "The foundation has been put in place in the athletic department and I am just hoping to build on that. I look at it as being a tremendous opportunity."
This summer Bostic has been working as a game scout for the Minnesota Linx of the WNBA. She spent the past three years as head coach at Robert Morris College, an NAIA school located in Chicago. There she took over a program that had been 2-30 the year before her arrival and posted a 14-18 record in her first season. Records of 17-15 and 19-14 followed, with this past year's squad being the first in program history to advance to the NAIA national tournament.
Prior to that, Bostic was the first women's basketball coach at Hostos Community College in New York City, where she posted a mark of 46-15 in three seasons. Her experience also includes a year as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan and a year as an assistant at Manhattan College. She also spent two years as the top assistant at American International College in Springfield, Mass.
Bostic was named NAIA Division I Coach of the Year in Illinois in 2008 after receiving the same honor in 2003 and 2004 from the City University of New York Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region 15 in 2003.
Bostic graduated with a bachelor's degree from Holy Cross in Sociology and African American Studies in 1996. She played in 29 career games for the Crusaders over two seasons, after transferring to Holy Cross from Clark University.