Rachel Ferri joins the Christopher Newport sideline for her first season in 2018-19. She comes to the Captains following a two-year stint with Springfield College in Massachusetts, where she served as Graduate Assistant Coach. Her extensive coaching experience also includes three seasons with Rhode Island College from 2013-16, where she helped guide the Anchorwomen to the NCAA Tournament. While on the staff, Ferri served as Recruiting Coordinator for two seasons.
A 2013 graduate of Catholic University, Ferri earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology. She went on to complete her Master of Education in Physical Education from Springfield College in 2018. As a student-athlete, Ferri was a member of back-to-back conference championship teams in 2012 and 2013. She helped to break numerous school records, including most wins in a season when the Cardinals won 27 games during a 27-2 run to the NCAA Second Round in her senior season.
Tyanka Lee was added to the Christopher Newport coaching staff for her first season in 2018-19. She comes to CNU after a three-year stint as an assistant coach with the Menchville High School girl's basketball team. Her coaching experience also extends to the Boo Williams Lady Vikings 17U AAU squad in 2012-13, and she was also the head coach of the Dallas Lady Diesel semi-professional basketball club in 2012.
A four-year starter for the Saint Paul's College Women's Basketball team, Lee would also go on to play for the Lady Diesel from 2009-11. She graduated with a degree in Biology from Saint Paul's in 2007 and would go on to earn her Master of Education in Kinesiology from Dallas Baptist University in 2012. She is also currently working toward a second Master's degree, in Sports Management, from Old Dominion University.
Gregg Brooks enters his second season as an assistant with Christopher Newport in 2017-18. He has served as a coach with the Boo Williams Summer League program, developing 5th-8th grade players for high school basketball. From 2010-13, Brooks coached with the Menchville High School boy's program, primarily working with the guards on skill development. Other duties included assisting with planning and running practices, as well as game preparation.
He was then hired as the head JV girl's coach and Varsity girl's lead assistant at Menchville in 2014. Brooks spent two seasons as head coach and helped the varsity to a pair of conference tournament appearances. During his tenure, two players earned All-Conference honors, including two-time Conference Player of the Year Adria Strothers.
A graduated of Ferguson High School, where he was a two-time All-District wide receiver for the Mariners, Brooks attended Ferrum College and played football for two years. He spent several years coaching youth sports, conducting camps, and he was instrumental in the development of cousin Aaron Brooks' skills as a youth, who went on to quarterback at the University of Virginia and in the NFL.
Gregg and his wife Felicia have two children, Nekaybaw and Isaiah Brooks.