Payne and Bonham join the women's basketball staff
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nashville --- Head coach Tracee Wells has announced the hiring of Marcus Payne and Joe Bonham as assistant women's basketball coaches for Tennessee State University.

Payne comes to Tennessee State with over 25 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level. He has served coaching stints at OVC members Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay.

Prior to the season at SEMO, Payne coached four years at Austin Peay, helping the Lady Govs to consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championships. He was initially an assistant at Austin Peay from 1994-96 where the program made its first trip to the NCAA tournament.

"Coach Payne is someone who is a seasoned coach in the Ohio Valley Conference," said head coach Tracee Wells.  "He has won championships in the OVC in very recent years. I know his expertise, excitement and enthusiasm about the game will be contagious to our players. I'm looking forward to his efforts on the court with our post players, especially."

Bonham joins the staff at TSU after serving as a graduate assistant for the Middle Tennessee State University women's basketball program. As a graduate assistant with the Blue Raiders he coordinated film exchange, assisted in film breakdown and created recruiting databases.

He also supervised the MTSU Rec Center courts during the summer camp team sessions and gave instruction to 3rd-5th graders at the Individual Camp and 7th and 8th graders during the Elite Camp.

"Coach Bonham has worked under and observed one of the best coaches in our game in Rick Insell at Middle Tennessee," Wells continued. "He has learned the ropes of what it takes to be a part of a successful program. Joe is a young up-and-coming basketball mind who has the energy level, excitement and enthusiasm that we need."

"I know with the two of them our women's basketball program is going to take positive steps forward. I'm excited about what they both will bring to the table and this should be a great year for Lady Tiger basketball."