Gaither named assistant basketball coach at Chowan University

Published 5:11 pm Friday, June 14, 2024

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MURFREESBORO – The Chowan University Department of Athletics announces Chowan alumna, Olivia Gaither, as its next assistant women’s basketball coach.

Olivia Gaither

Head coach Lenise Stallings Frazier announced the hiring of Gaither as the program’s new assistant coach on May 21.

“Olivia is a great addition for our program,” stated Frazier. “Her attention to detail and relationship building skills separate her from the rest. She also has Chowan pride as a former student-athlete and graduate of the university.”

Gaither graduated from Chowan University in 2022 after four-year playing career for the blue and white. A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia and graduate of Colonial Forge High School, Gaither helped lead the Hawks to a Conference Carolinas semi-final appearance in her senior season. The Hawks finished up 18-10 in her senior season where she posted 6.5 points an outing to go with 5.0 rebounds per game. Gaither posted 18 blocks in 28 season starts for the Hawks that same year.

Gaither was hired after graduating from Chowan in the summer of 2022 as an admissions counselor. After spending a year in the Chowan University Department of Admissions, she accepted a position with Liberty University as an Academic Advisor.

Not wanting to get too far from the sport she loved, Gaither served as a volunteer assistant coach under Fraizer during the 2023-2024 season while fulfilling her duties at Liberty University. Gaither assisted the Hawks to a 13-10 overall record with a 13-5 Conference Carolinas record this past season. The Hawks finished the end of the season in strong fashion, posting a 5-2 record in the month of February.

“I am so excited to have her back on staff and I look forward to our journey together,” said Frazier.