Ashley Elliott was elevated to assistant coach for the 2019-20 Nevada women's basketball season while Brittany Aikens will become the program’s director of player development.
Elliott replaces Sybil Dosty, who recently left the program to pursue job opportunities outside of basketball.
"Obviously we're really disappointed to lose Sybil,'" head coach Amanda Levens said. "Sybil has been really impactful and has been here since we took over the program. She's been a great asset. We'll definitely miss her. But I'm a huge fan of promoting form within if people do a great job. Elevating Ashley and Brittany, who are both really familiar with the way that we do things here and the standards of our program, our program is going to continue on the right path with those people in the positions they've moved into."
Next season marks Elliott’s second on staff and first as an assistant coach as she served as the program’s operations coordinator last season. Elliott previously served as an assistant coach at Idaho State and Weber State. In one season at Idaho State, the Bengals posted a 24-win season and captured both the regular-season and conference tournament championships in the Big Sky, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. Prior to Idaho State, Elliott spent two seasons from 2009-11 as an assistant coach at Weber State. She got her start in coaching at Arizona State where she served her first tenure with the Sun Devils as a graduate assistant from 2007-09.
Next season also marks the second at Nevada for Aikens, who will move from a graduate assistant role to director of player development. Aikens came to Reno after earning her teaching certificate from Cal State San Bernardino two years ago. She played college basketball at Fresno State from 2013-16. During her senior season, she made 18 starts and averaged a career-high 6.2 points per game. Playing 25 minutes per game, Aikens hit nearly 40 percent of her field goals and dished out over 70 assists. She began her college career at Howard Junior College before transferring to Fresno State.