Precious Ivy

Former Tyler Junior College assistant coach Precious Ivy is joining the Trinity Valley Community women’s basketball staff.

ATHENS — Precious Ivy, a former Tyler Junior College assistant, has joined the women’s basketball staff at Trinity Valley Community College as a coaching assistant, the school announced.

Ivy joins the Lady Card program after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist University.

At HBU, Ivy was the recruiting coordinator and assisted with player development and academics. She also focused on personnel on opposing teams and developed scouting reports.

Ivy said she is excited to be joining the most successful program in the history of NJCAA women’s basketball.

“I am excited to return to the JUCO level and I’m honored to work with Coach G (Gerald Ewing),” Ivy said. “He is a proven winner in this industry and has a tremendous passion for the game. I am eager to learn from him and assist him in recapturing the NJCAA national championship and bringing TVCC its ninth title.

“I look forward to working with the staff and our student-athletes, as well as being a part of the Cardinal program. TVCC has a rich history and community that I am grateful to join.”

She is no stranger to the Lady Cards and Region XIV Conference. Prior to her two years at HBU, Ivy spent five years as an assistant coach at Tyler Junior College.

At Tyler, she was in charge of recruiting, scouting, strength training, player skill development, academics and the redshirt program. She helped lead the Apaches to a 118-47 record, three national tournament appearances and a top-25 ranking for four-straight years. Ivy coached six all-conference honorees, including three NJCAA All-America selections.

The Cedar Hill native played two seasons at San Jacinto College, earning all-conference honorable mention in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Back injuries cut her career short, jumpstarting her foray into coaching, serving as a volunteer student assistant at San Jacinto.

She then spent one season at Wayland Baptist University as a graduate assistant, serving as the head coach of the junior varsity program, as well as overseeing player development and academics.

Ivy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology fitness and sports from the University of Houston in 2008 and earned a Master of Arts degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University-Irvine.

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