Vernette Skeete will be in her third year as an assistant coach with the Marquette women's basketball program in 2016-17. She has a primary focus on defensive schemes and efficiency for practices and games. She also assists with recruiting. Skeete came to Marquette after two years as head coach at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. The 2012-13 NJCAA Region 8 Coach of the Year led the program to a 50-13 record through two seasons and won a state championship in 2013. "I am very excited to welcome Vernette to our Marquette family," Kieger said. "I have had the pleasure of working with Vernette and am thrilled to share her passion once again. She has an amazing ability to motivate and inspire everyone around her and her enthusiasm towards the game and development is infectious. Vernette's ability to recruit and build relationships will be a huge asset in helping build our program. The sky is the limit here for Vernette and I am glad she is joining our journey." Skeete spent three years at the University of Miami working alongside Kieger as coordinator of basketball operations and two seasons as assistant coach. During her tenure the Hurricanes became a leader in the Atlantic Coast Conference and earned consecutive No. 3 seeds in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012. Prior to Miami, Skeete spent the 2008-09 season at Northwest Florida State College in Destin, Fla., as well as five seasons with the Essence Girls Basketball Club program. During her 2005-08 seasons at Malone High School, she brought the program back to former glory by returning them to the state final again in 2006-2007. Skeete was also the MVP of the 2001 FHSAA State Championship as a player at Malone, the first-ever in the history of Malone girls' basketball. As a player at Gulf Coast State she led her squad to a NJCAA National Championship from 2001-2003 and led Alcorn State to a SWAC conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005. Skeete graduated from Alcorn State University in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
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