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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.

Brooke Long
Director of Operations

Brooke Long was named the Director of Basketball Operations in June 2016. She will run the day-to-day operations of the women's basketball program at UNCG.

Long spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Christopher Newport where she helped guide them to a 24-5 overall record and a NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2015-16. In her first season she helped CNU to a 17-win season and assisted with recruiting, film exchange and basketball operations.

Long began her coaching career at Keen State College after a standout basketball career. She played her rookie year at Longwood before playing two seasons at NCAA DII Armstrong State. She finished her playing career as a member of Franklin Pierce’s NCAA Tournament team after battling a pair of ACL injuries. Long brings a plethora of knowledge after playing both Division I & II basketball and coaching at the Division III level.