Times Staff Report
August 30, 2013
MOREHEAD – Chelsia Lymon, former Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and Matt Schiff, who spent three seasons working with the women’s basketball program at Rutgers, have joined the Morehead State women’s basketball staff.
Lymon is an assistant coach, while Schiff is the program’s graduate manager.
A native of Georgetown and graduate of Scott County (Ky.) High School, Lymon was the state’s 2005-06 Gatorade High School Player of the Year before embarking on a four-year career at Middle Tennessee State. She played for a staff that included current MSU Head Coach Tom Hodges.
“Being a four-year starter at the point guard position truly made her a ‘coach on the floor’ and someone I always knew would be a great asset to young student-athletes,” Hodges said. “Chelsia was a player that was always vocal and very cerebral, constantly thinking about the game and providing valuable input through a player’s and coach’s perspective.”
She was named the Sun Belt’s Defensive Player of the Year as a junior when she compiled a league-best 95 steals, which ranked among the nation’s top 20. Lymon still ranks second in career steals at MTSU with 297.
“Chelsia will be a tremendous resource for our point guards to lean on as she takes the reins and coaches that group,” Hodges said. “She has an outstanding personality that makes her a natural fit to excel in recruiting the very best and brightest to Morehead State.”
Lymon helped guide the Blue Raiders to 105 wins and four postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournament berths. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from MTSU in 2010.
At SCHS, Lymon was rated the state’s No. 2 recruit and the top point guard. She was also a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Lymon scored more than 2,300 career points.
Schiff, a native of Wildwood Crest, N.J., spent one season on the Rutgers’ men’s basketball team (2009-10) before a stint as a practice player and student assistant for the Scarlet Knights women’s basketball program. His primary role will be MSU’s video exchange.
“Matt is a young man that comes with the highest recommendation from a true legend and Hall of Fame coach in C. Vivian Stringer,” Hodges said. “He has demonstrated unmatched resolve, maturity, and responsibility with every program that he has been associated with. There is no doubt Matt will bring those same intangibles to Morehead State.”
He served as a student assistant for the Rutgers women’s program from 2011-13, where he led the practice squad.
Schiff finished his high school career at Wildwood (N.J.) ranked in the top 10 in career scoring.
“Through all our staff transition this off-season, we were able to meet and get to know a lot of outstanding coaches and people that are deeply involved in women’s basketball,” Hodges added. “Matt was at the forefront of that large group.”
He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers in May.