When Adam Collins left the University of Charleston women’s basketball program to become the coach at Southern Arkansas in early April, one of the first people he called was Danielle Fleming.
Formerly the girls coach at Licking Heights High School, Fleming completed what will end up being her only season as Wellington’s coach this winter.
When Fleming was in the middle of a two-year tenure with the Hornets, Collins got to know her during Charleston’s recruiting of 2017 Licking Heights graduate Jordin Spears.
He was impressed enough that when he left for his latest coaching venture, he offered both Fleming and her husband, Jaguars assistant Daron Fleming, jobs as assistant coaches on his staff.
They’ll start at Southern Arkansas on June 1.
“Coach Collins was Jordin Spears’ coach at the University of Charleston, and when he left and went to Southern Arkansas, he reached out to us,” Danielle Fleming said. “It’s pretty exciting. It was not planned at all and it was a tough call. I had a good relationship with (Spears’) coach and he reached out and asked if we wanted to be on his staff.
“It’s pretty far away, but we wanted to get into college coaching and just didn’t know how it would happen. We felt like it was a great opportunity so we went down there to visit and we loved it. It’s a really nice school and the weather was awesome.”
After guiding Licking Heights to a 29-18 mark, Fleming led Wellington to a 15-10 finish last winter that included an appearance in a Division IV district semifinal.
In addition to coaching at Southern Arkansas, a Division II college that competes in the Great American Conference, Fleming will be the resident dormitory director.
Fleming is a 2007 Hamilton Township graduate who also played at Ohio Christian and has coached at the AAU level. Daron Fleming is a 2008 Africentric graduate.
“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about that administration at Wellington,” said Danielle Fleming, who was born in Los Angeles but moved to Ohio when she was 2 years old.
“(Daron and I) set ourselves up for this. Once I finished college we both decided to get into coaching. We both bring different elements into the game and I think we make a great team.”