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Chania Troy

Age: 18
Height: 5’8”
Hometown: Maxton, NC
High School: South Robeson 
Personal: Troy has been playing basketball since she was in 7th grade. She keeps playing for organized teams because for her, it’s the best way to further her career in the sport. She’s fast – no exaggerating – and she loves to eat honey on French fries. 
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Dajah Horne

Age: 19
Height: 5’3”
Hometown: Wilson
High School: Fike 
Personal: Horne is fan of NBA team The Golden State Warriors, and McDonald’s. She’s been playing basketball since she was 4 years old. She’s pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Arts. 

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Amarilis Floyd

Age: 22
Height: 5’5”
Hometown: Orlando, Fla. 
High School: Pine Ridge 
Personal: Floyd is known by her last name on the court from shouts by her teammates and family. She started playing basketball in middle school during a P.E. class for fun. That hobby quickly turned into a serious passion when she entered high school. One of her social media nicknames sums up her feelings for the sport: “Ball is life.” 

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Kennede Michael Coleman

Age: 20
Height: 5’11”
Hometown: Columbia, Mo.
High School: Muriel Battle 
Personal: Playing basketball has become a lifestyle for Coleman, a fitness and health science major at FTCC. When asked what makes her interesting, she noted two things: she’s gone from wearing drawstring bag everywhere to carrying a designer purse with her to basketball practice. 

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La'Brasha McElvine

Age: 19
Height: 5’3”
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
High School: Fayetteville Christian School 
Personal: McElvine sometimes likes to go by her middle name: Chanel. She fell in love with basketball when she was 6 years old – the year she started playing. She has no plans to stop playing the sport that brought her to FTCC. 

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Larryea Inman

Age: 26
Height: 5’4”
Hometown: Kingston, NY
High School: West Florence 
Personal: Inman has played basketball since she was 5 years old. She’s also a mom to a 4 year old girl. Inman is a “jet setter.” She’s traveled to Dubai, Bahrain, Greece, Spain, Italy and Turkey before age 21. 

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Tyra Evans

Age: 20
Height: 6’0”
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
High School: Jack Britt 
Personal: Evans is studying psychology while attending FTCC. She began playing basketball at age 5. She spells her middle name “Nickole,” and she can dunk – almost. This is her second year playing for the Lady Trojans. 

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Briana Evans

Age: 20
Height: 5’5”
Hometown: Roseboro, NC
High School: Lakewood 
Personal: Briana is grew up an “Army Brat.” She’s continued to play the sport because in her words, she’s “great in it.” She also describes herself as unstoppable when driving to the basket. Evans is studying nursing while attending FTCC. 

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Da’Zhaona Moses

Age: 18
Height: 6’2”
Hometown: Richmond, Va. 
High School: Armstrong 
Personal: Moses knows where she gets her height from – her parents. Her mother and father are both 5’9”. She’s been playing basketball since 7th grade. Moses has eight brothers and sisters.

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Jada Mitchell

Age: 20
Height: 5;9”
Hometown: Charleston, West Va. 
High School: St. Pauls 
Personal: Mitchell originally attended a nearby university before coming to FTCC. She transferred to FTCC when she learned she couldn’t play basketball at the four-year school. Outside of basketball, she also played tennis and soccer and ran track before choosing basketball. Mitchell is studying business administration, and is also an investor. She likes to read in her free time. This is her second year on the team.

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Genesis Bernard

Age: 27
Height: 5’4”
Hometown: Jackson, Ala. 
High School: Jackson 
Personal: Bernard joins fellow teammates Floyd, Mitchell and Evans as returning players to the Lady Trojans. She said to play basketball for 19 years takes passion, something you have to want in order to keep playing. Her middle name is “Unique,” and she also serves with the United States Army. 

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Briana James

Age: 19
Height: 5’6”
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
High School: Fayetteville Christian School
Personal: Basketball has been a passion for James since she was 5 years old. While at FTCC, she’s studying kindergarten special education. Two things about her: pizza is her favorite dish, and she describes herself as “goofy.”

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Asévia Gacutan

Age: 22
Height: 5’8”
Hometown: Mount Holly, NJ
High School: Frederick 
Personal: Gacutan began playing basketball eight years ago because of her father. He played for a military team, and she’s a veteran. Gacutan took a break from basketball after an injury in 2012 before returning. She can deadlift 300 pounds and is half Filipino and Haitian.

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Tijen Rivers

Age: 28
Height: 5’8”
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
High School: Douglas Byrd 
Personal: Rivers is studying nursing and desires to be a nurse anesthetist. Basketball is her favorite sport, one she has played since middle school. She’s also married and a mother of five.

Coaching Staff

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Head Coach

Eric Tucker

Eric Tucker’s success as a coach is undeniable. Over 17 years as head coach at Fayetteville State University, Tucker coached the Women’s Basketball team to victory in 299 games, six division totals, and a CIAA tournament championship. He also led the Broncos seven times to the NCAA Division II tournament.

On Nov. 1, 2016, Coach Tucker won the 300th basketball game of his coaching career as his Lady Trojans opened the season with a 98-35 win over Central Carolina Community College.

Tucker graduated from North Carolina Central University in 1977 with a degree in physical education. He married his wife, Theresa, in 1985. Together they have three children: Keith, Erica and John Allen. 

Shortly thereafter, he went on to coach men’s basketball at Spring Lake Junior High School. After earning his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Fayetteville State University, he was asked to coach the women’s basketball team in 1992. 

After his time at Fayetteville State University, Tucker began working at FTCC as the fitness center director for the Spring Lake campus. He accepted the position as Head Coach to the Lady Trojan’s when the Women’s Basketball Program was launched in April, 2016.

Tucker says his coaching philosophy is simple: the team with the most points wins. He says, “You can’t get hung up on technicalities. We run the court. We press. We lead in steals, force turnovers and points … this is my philosophy.” 

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Assistant Coach

Mike Rich

Born in Washington DC, Coach Rich graduated from Hampton University in 1993. His playing history included a stint playing for Hampton University in the 1991 CIAA Championships. From 1993-2009, he was the assistant coach for Fayetteville State University’s Women’s Basketball Team. Rich has been a coach for over 16 years. 

Rich says his coaching philosophy is made up of four integral parts: 
1) At the end of the day and at the beginning of the day, basketball is just a game. Players lose their fire and passion for the game when it’s no longer fun. 
2) The only way to get better is to work harder. You have to be willing to put in the work. 
3) Always remember that you are a student/athlete in that order with student being first the ultimate goal is to get an education. 
4) Rich’s number one rule in basketball, in life, and in general is this if you forget all the rules, always remember just one: do what’s right. 

Rich believes working at FTCC has given him a great opportunity to get back into coaching, and he feels he can make a good impression on the students and players. Rich says: “Sports, in my estimation, is a lot like life. You need to have focus; you get in a routine of going to practice is like going to work. The games are just like the real world. You aren’t going to win every game and everyday isn’t going to be a great day. How you bounce back from the bad games and the bad days will define you as a person.”

Rich says his biggest coaching role models are his parents. “Without them there is no me,” he says. 

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Assistant Coach

Percell Bell

Percell Bell is a graduate of Weldon High School. He began his collegiate career at Fayetteville State and High Point universities in North Carolina. He brings many experiences to the basketball program: a veteran from the U.S. Army, a former boot camp drill Instructor and as a high and middle school assistant coach. 

Prior to coming to FTCC under Eric Tucker’s direction, Bell served as an Amateur Athletic Union head coach and assistant director for the Express Showcase Youth Organization girl’s 17U team. He helped his team win a plethora of championships such as the USBA State and National Championship, Atlanta Unlimited Showcase Championship, and the Garden City Classic Silver Championship. 

His career has also allowed him to assist with the late legendary women’s college basketball coach Pat Summit at University of Tennessee and winning the Tennessee Next Line Skills elite basketball camp “All Star Team” Championship. Bell described himself as excited to bring his experiences to the Lady Trojans and continue building up a strong team to represent the program.