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Coaching Staff

Rachel Ferri
Camp Director / Assistant Coach

Rachel Ferri has just completed her first season as the top assistant coach for the CNU women's basktball team.  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.

Alex Tomlinson
Assistant Coach / High School Shootout Coordinator

Christopher Newport women's basketball head coach Bill Broderick has announced the addition of Alex Tomlinson to his coaching staff heading into the 2019-20 season. 

Tomlinson comes to CNU following a stint as a graduate assistant with the Tar Heels of UNC Chapel Hill for the last two years. Capping her run with the ACC program, Tomlinson was a part of a coaching staff that helped guide the team to it's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015. 

Serving as an assistant coach, Tomlinson helped grade film with the coaching staff, filmed all games, and assisted with game-day film exchange. She also assisted coaches with on-court preparation prior to practice and facilitated the UNC Women's Basketball Summer Camp production. While on staff, the Tar Heels defeated a pair of top-ten programs, including the number one team in the country at the time, Notre Dame, in 2019. 

Prior to her time on the sidelines in Chapel Hill, Tomlinson honed her skills as a camp counselor for the North Carolina camps in 2017 and 2018, the Ann Hancock Individual Nike Camp, and the Wingate Women's Basketball Team Camp from 2014-17. 

As a player, Tomlinson was a four-year letterwinner for NCAA Division II Wingate University. She was a two-year team captain and helped guide the Bulldogs to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. While playing for head coach Ann Hancock, Tomlinson and the rest of the Wingate squad won three South Atlantic Conference Tournament championships and were ranked in the Top 25 national poll. 

She graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice with a Sport Management minor in May 2017 before going on to earn her Master's in Social Work at North Carolina in 2019. 

Tomlinson joins Broderick's coaching staff returning Gregg BrooksRachel Ferri, and Tyanka Lee in 2019-20 after the Captains went 25-6 and reached the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the fourth consecutive season. Also joining the staff is student assistant coach Madison Howdyshell, who was a senior on last year's team. 


Gregg Brooks
Assistant Coach

Gregg Brooks just completed his third season as an assistant with Christopher Newport in 2018-19. 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 boys 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 girls coach and Varsity girls 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 graduate 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.

Tyanka Lee

Director of Operations

Tyanka Lee just completed her first season as the Director of Operations in 2018-19. She comes to CNU after a three-year stint as an assistant coach with the Menchville High School girls 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.