ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech women’s basketball staff has hired Karen Copeland as Director of women’s Baketball Operations, head coach Agnus Berenato announced.
“I’m really excited about the arrival of Karen Copeland,” Berenato said. “She has a wealth of experience. She’s a great leader, and at the same time she’s been led by great people. Karen is very detail-oriented. She’s very business-oriented. She has great vision for where she wants the program to go, which is right in line with the direction that I see us moving in”
Copeland, a 1990 graduate of Campbell University, joins the Tech staff after serving the last two years as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater. She completed her master’s in education with a concentration in physical education at Campbell this summer.
“I’m very excited about coming to Georgia Tech,” Copeland said. “Georgia Tech is an outstanding school with a great program. I have a lot of respect for Georgia Tech and the Atlantic Coast Conference. I’m excited about the direction the program is going and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team.”
Copeland’s responsibilies at Tech will include organizing and running two basketball tournaments hosted by the Yellow Jackets, serving as a liaison with sports information and marketing, organizing the Mandy Miller Golf Classic, Berenato*s Bunch, the booster club and Courtside Kids and overseeing all community relations efforts.
“Community service is one of the biggest things for us here at Georgia Tech,” Berenato said. “It’s the fulfillment of the Total Person Program, which (former athletic director) Homer Rice started and (current athletic director) Dave Braine believes so much in.”
At Campbell, Copeland was responsible for coordinating the scouting and film exchange prgram, as well as assisting with the academic supervision of the team and daily coaching responsibilities. She helped guide the Camels to the Trans America Athletic Conference championship and their first berth in the NCAA Tournament last season.
A native of Apex, N.C., Copeland previously spent four years at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Meadows, one of the top five retirement communities in the country. She joined the staff as the Assistant Activities Director and was later promoted to Director of Activities for the 650-plus residents in independent living.