Ronneka Robertson joins Southeastern women’s basketball coaching staff

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HAMMOND, La. – Kentwood native Ronneka Robertson has returned to her home state to join the Southeastern Louisiana University women’s basketball program as an assistant coach, SLU head coach Ayla Guzzardo announced on Tuesday.

Robertson’s hire is pending approval from the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors. Robertson replaces Chelsie Butler, now an assistant coach at Youngstown State.

“We believe we’ve added a phenomenal young coach in Ronneka,” Guzzardo commented. “We were looking to add someone who would not only fit in to our program, but make us better and Ronneka can do that in all aspects. Her knowledge of the game and her ability to connect and relate with our players, while also garnering their respect will be huge assets for our program moving forward.”

Robertson’s most recent coaching stop was as an assistant coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Prior to that she had two stints at the head coach at her alma mater, Kentwood High School, leading the ‘Roos to seven playoff appearances.

Robertson also spent a season at East Central Community College in Mississippi, working with a program that produced eight student-athletes who continued their athletic and academic endeavors at four-year institutions. She also has vast travel ball coaching experience, coaching the Louisiana Flames, Louisiana Tri-Parish Hurricanes, Louisiana Lady Jets and Louisiana Lady Legends.

Robertson is a 2014 graduate of South Alabama, where she played four years for the Jaguars. As a power forward, she earned All-Sun Belt Conference notice and was twice named to the all-academic team. A team captain as a senior, Robertson earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from South Alabama and a master’s degree in sport management from LSU in 2020.

Robertson prepped at Kentwood High School, where she was a two-time all-state and four-time first team all-district selection. A 1,000-point career scorer, Robertson averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds as a senior at KHS.

The Lady Lions will open the 2021-22 season at Tulane with a 1 p.m. contest on Nov. 9.

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