Head Coach Karen Barefoot Adds Ashley Langford to Staff
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig and women’s basketball Head Coach Karen Barefoot announced the hiring of assistant coach Ashley Langford on Friday afternoon.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Ashley to our coaching staff,” said Barefoot. “She is one of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the business and will help strengthen our program in many different areas. She is an indomitable recruiter with experience from coast to coast that will assist us in broadening our recruiting scope. Ashley is also one of the preeminent point guards in Conference USA history and I know that she is going to be a vital piece in developing and mentoring our student-athletes. I am looking forward to working with her and I believe that she will help continue to elevate our program!”
Langford joins Old Dominion from the U.S. Naval Academy where she held the position of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. At Navy, she was responsible for creating and implementing a recruiting system with responsibilities that included coordinating and providing oversight for the recruitment of prospective student-athletes and assisting with initial eligibility for incoming prospective student-athletes. She also served as a floor coach for position work and was heavily involved in game preparation on and off the court, including scouting reports and film sessions.
Langford also had stints at the University of Denver and Bucknell University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and received her Master of Business Administration at Auburn University after serving as a graduate assistant with the Tigers from 2009-2011. During her time at Denver, she helped guide the team to a Summit League Tournament runner-up title and signed the #2 recruiting class in the league according to CGBR during the 2013-14 season and the #1 class in the WAC during the 2012-13 season.
“I am excited for the opportunity to join Coach Barefoot’s staff and the ODU family,” said Langford. “ODU women’s basketball has loyal fans, strong administrative support and such a historical footprint in our game. Coach Barefoot is a proven winner and her passion and love for the game is unmatched. I am looking forward to helping the Lady Monarchs win their first C-USA Championship!”
Langford graduated from Tulane University in 2009, earning her Bachelor of Science in Management and was a four-year member of the women's basketball program under two-time C-USA Coach of the Year Lisa Stockton. She was honored all four years on the All-Conference USA team and was named a Freshman All-American from Women’s Basketball News Science. During her time on the court, she guided her team to a C-USA regular season title, a WNIT appearance and graduated as the program’s all-time assists leader with 722 helpers. She was also a standout in the classroom, as she was a two-time member of the Conference USA All-Academic Team and was named the league’s Scholar Athlete of the Year as a senior. Langford was also the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and was a graduate of the WBCA “So You Want to be a Coach Program.”
What they are saying about Ashley:
“From the first conversation I ever had with Ashley, I knew she had a bright future in coaching women’s basketball at the collegiate level. Intelligent, forthright and driven to succeed are just a few of the attributes she brings to the table. Congratulations to ODU on adding one of women’s basketball's bright stars to their staff.”
- Nell Fortner, Former Head Coach of Auburn University
“Ashley is an incredible recruiter, not only in connecting and developing relationships with prospective student-athletes, but also in evaluating talent. She was an impactful player at Tulane, and this experience along with her other coaching experiences, have made Ashley an excellent teacher on the court.”
- Kerry Cremeans, University of Denver Head Coach
“What a tremendous opportunity for Ashley to return to Conference USA by joining the ODU program. Her experience and recruiting abilities should make Ashley a strong addition to Karen Barefoot’s staff.”
- Lisa Stockton, Tulane University Head Coach