Coaching Staff

 

Cait Wetmore
Assistant Coach

Cait Wetmore is in her fifth season at UNCG and third under head coach Trina Patterson, working primarily with the Spartan guards.

Wetmore helped guide Nadine Soliman to her second All-Southern Conference selection as a sophomore. Soliman led the Spartans in scoring for the second-straight season and two of the top three scorers for UNCG were guards. The Spartans also dished out 326 assists in 2017-18, led by point guard Brandi Fier’s 103 assists. Four guards recorded over 30 assists on the season, with Alexis Pitchford adding 59 assists off the bench. Of the 31 games, guards led the team in scoring in 22 games, led by Soliman’s game-high in 16. Soliman also tied a school record by going 7-for-7 from behind the 3-point line in an 88-67 victory at Western Carolina.

In March 2017, she was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 list, designating her as one of the top-30 up and coming coaches under the age of 30 in all of women's college basketball.

Under Wetmore's direction, UNCG had two guards earn all-conference honors in 2016-17. Freshman sensation Nadine Soliman burst onto the scene to lead the nation in scoring for freshman at 16.2 points per game. Soliman was a unanimous selection as the SoCon Freshman of the Year and was a second team all-conference honoree. Bailey Williams had a breakout season during her senior season. Williams average double-figures in points for the first time in her career, being selected Third Team All-SoCon.

During the 2015-16 season Wetmore worked primarily with the guards including Lucy Mason who was named SoCon Player of the Week three times, won back-to-back Player of the Month awards and earned both Coaches and Media First Team All-Conference honors. While under the guidance of Wetmore, Mason became the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,907 career points and set the single-game scoring record with 42 points in a game. She maintained a top-10 ranking in the nation for points per game (22.2) during her final year with the Blue & Gold. 

Wetmore also coordinated the team's offense that saw a jump in production from the season prior. The Spartans led the Southern Conference in scoring average (65.5 points per game) and offensive rebounds per game (15.5). UNCG shot an impressive 66.1 percent from the field (41-for-62) to set a single-game Division I era (Since 1991) record against North Carolina Central (12/31). 

Wetmore oversaw the development of sophomore Keli Foster who went from averaging 7.1 minutes per game as a freshman to 16.5 as a sophomore while earning a starting roll in conference play. 

In her first year as recruiting coordinator, Wetmore recruited and signed two McDonald's All-American nominees in Alexus Willey and Mangela Ngandjui. 

In her first season with the Spartans, Wetmore worked primarily with the guards including junior Lucy Mason who was named Second Team All-Southern Conference. Wetmore also spent time coordinating the defense which helped UNCG to lead the SoCon in steals, mostly due to the stifiling press defense. The Spartans finished the season second in turnover margin in the league as well.

Wetmore, a 2010 Adelphi University graduate and four-year member of the women's basketball team, joined UNCG after serving her alma mater as an assistant coach for two seasons. 

During the 2013-14 campaign, Wetmore helped guide Adelphi to the Northeast-10 Conference championship game and a regional semifinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers were 23-8 overall and earned a No. 1 seed in the league championship tournament. 

In her first year on the sidelines, Wetmore helped the Panthers to a 15-win season; the most since the ‘06-'07 year which resulted in the program's first NE-10 post season appearance and win since joining the conference in 2009. Her responsibilities include player development, strength and conditioning, scouting opponents, practice preparation, academic advising and recruiting. 

Prior to joining the staff, she served a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach for the Columbia University women's basketball team, Wetmore earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2012. As a member of the Lions staff, Wetmore assisted in player development, practice and game strategies, scouting and film breakdown.

At Adelphi, Wetmore served as a two-year captain and earned the team's Mary Ann Beaudry Memorial Award for her exemplary leadership in 2009. She played on a pair of WBCA Academic Top 25 squads and was twice selected to the East Coast Conference All-Academic team. 

Wetmore is a member of the Women's Coaches Academy, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Alliance of Women's Coaches, and National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Cetera Degraffenreid
Assistant Coach

UNCG women’s basketball head coach Trina Patterson announced the addition of assistant coach Cetera DeGraffenreid for the upcoming season. DeGraffenreid comes to UNCG after coaching at Gardner-Webb for the last three seasons. She played professionally in Israel for two seasons after being a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina.
 
“We are excited to announce that Cetera DeGraffenreid will join our Spartan Athletic family.” Head coachTrina Patterson said, “She has a tremendous basketball pedigree and a proven track record for recruiting, developing and mentoring quality student-athletes. She is a relentless worker and has a passion for the game. She has experienced success at every level of her basketball career.”
 
As an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb, DeGraffenreid worked specifically with the guards, planning and executing the team’s player development sessions. She coached the runner up of the Big South’s Player of the Year award in 2016, as well as coaching an All-Big South honorable mention in 2017, and a pair of All-Big South second team honorees in 2018. While at Gardner-Webb, she worked as a physical education instructor for two years.
 
As a professional basketball player, DeGraffenreid played with the Ramat Gan Organization in 2012 and Habbika in 2011. In her playing days in Chapel Hill, DeGraffenreid was a unanimous ACC All-Freshman honoree, was named one of the top five point guards in the nation by ESPN.com in 2009 as well as being a finalist for the Nancy Liberman Award. She was a three-time All-ACC selection and is the current all-time leader in career free throws made. She ranks third in Tar Heel history in both assists and steals and finished her career with 1,562 points.

Ido Singer
Assistant Coach

UNCG women’s basketball has added Ido Singer as an assistant coach, head coach Trina Patterson announced on Aug. 16, 2018. Singer brings over 10 years of basketball coaching experience as a scout, assistant and head coach.

"I am excited to have Ido join our coaching staff,” said Patterson. “He brings years of teaching and coaching experiences on all levels as both a head and assistant coach. He represents excellence, enthusiasm and hard work, but more importantly he’s an even better person. His knowledge of the game is valuable, and we are thrilled to have him be a part of the Spartan family.”

"I feel so fortunate to have such an opportunity to become a part of the Spartan family, as well as working under coach Patterson and alongside the rest of the staff,” said Singer. “From our very first interaction, I felt that I wanted to be a part of coach Patterson's vision for this program. This department as a whole is teeming with wonderful people operating with great intent towards the same goal. It’s an exciting time to be a Spartan!”

Singer served as the head coach of the NAIA school Fisher College (Mass.) from 2016 to 2017 and brought the team to a 12-14 record during the 2016-17 season, which was the highest total wins for the women's basketball program. He helped guard Aliyanah McIntosh earn Second-Team All-Conference, and the Association of Independent Institutions Newcomer of the Year award.

Singer also served as a head girls basketball coach for Mass Huskies AAU from 2015 to 2016, coaching multiple teams, as well as having an active role in Huskies player development training and camps.

Previously Singer was the director of operations at UMass Lowell for the 2014-15 season. He was responsible for the daily program operations including his involvement with practices, the coordination of team travel, meals, and recruiting.

In 2013 Singer was the women’s basketball assistant coach at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. Along with coaching at Nichols, he became the boys’ program director and girls’ and boys’ basketball coach for the MT Elite AAU program.

As the head coach of Heschel High School in New York from 2009-12, Singer brought the team to their first postseason appearance in 10 years. In June 2011, he founded an elite basketball skills development service, IdoBasketball, that has conducted over 100 skills clinics in the New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts areas. The basis of the programs is specialization in cutting edge techniques and approaches to skill development through the improvement of footwork, agility and balance.

Singer played professional basketball from 1996 until 2003 for Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Israel, as well as a few other teams. Playing in the Israeli League, he was a part of a Maccabi Tel Aviv team that won the 1996 championship. He spent 2002-2003 serving as a pro scout in Israel, as well.

Singer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Capella University in Minnesota.


Ariel Caraway
Director of Operations

UNCG women’s basketball head coach Trina Patterson announced the addition of director of operations Ariel Caraway for the upcoming season. Caraway comes to UNCG after being an administrative associate at the University of Texas at Austin.

“We’re excited about Ariel joining our staff,” Patterson said.  “We think that she’ll be a tremendous asset because of her background at different levels.  We look forward to her contributing to our overall success.”

As the administrative associate from 2015-18, Caraway handled office-related logistics and operations, including scheduled meetings, arranging travel, processed expense reports, managed the operating budget, planned and executed department-wide events and oversaw records retention for the entire department.

Caraway worked as an event operations assistant for the 2018 WBCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio and was the spirit group coordinator for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament first and second rounds in Austin, Texas.

The Lake Charles, La., native was the zone manager of the 2017 NFL Draft Experience in Philadelphia, Pa., where she oversaw the operations of the NFL’s “Play Football” zone.

She also served as a game operations assistant for the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 2017.

From 2006-13 in Lake Charles, La., Caraway the freshman high school girls basketball at St. Louis Catholic High School from 2006-10 and as a middle school girls basketball coach at St. Margret Catholic School from 2010-13.

Caraway earned her bachelor of science degree from McNeese State University in Business Management in May of 2010 and her master’s degree of sports management from Texas in December of 2017.