Hollins Basketball Announces “Rising Star” as New Head Coach

Emilee Dunton

Emilee Dunton has been named the new head basketball coach at Hollins University. She succeeds Jenny Logan, who left the basketball program in August to become head coach at Eastern Mennonite University.

“I am humbled and honored to get this opportunity, and I’d like to thank [Director of Athletics] Myra Sims and the search committee for entrusting me to lead the program,” Dunton stated. “It is an exciting time to be a part of the Hollins community with Myra and President Pareena Lawrence. I truly believe that with the current administration and the quality of academics, the women’s basketball program will gain respect within the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).”

Dunton comes to Hollins after a successful three-year stint as head women’s basketball coach at Liberty High School in Bedford, Virginia. She led the team to two conference championship appearances and was selected as the Conference 30 Coach of the Year in 2016. She is no stranger to the ODAC, having been a student-athlete at Randolph College, where she graduated in 2015. While a member of the WildCat basketball team, she was a captain and a key component of the 2014 squad that tied the program record for wins in a season. She also earned Academic All ODAC and VaSID Academic All State honors.

“I am thrilled to have Emilee become our next head basketball coach,” said Sims. “She is an energetic and committed young leader who did an outstanding job with the program at Liberty High School. A number of well-respected coaches have expressed a high level of respect for her basketball IQ and her ability to effectively transition into collegiate coaching. Several of her references have called her a ‘rising star’ in the college coaching ranks. She has demonstrated a strong vision for our program and convinced us during the interview process of her ability to effectively sell that vision to current and future Hollins players.”