Head Coach George Hardison
Coach George Hardison will be entering his 5th season at the helm of the Women’s Basketball Program at UConn-Avery Point. During the 2016-2017 season, the program finished with a record of 12-11, and exhibited some strong stats and performances, despite some adversity due to injury and other factors. Coach Hardison was named Region XXI Coach of the Year for the 2014-2015 season, and has team compiled a record of 38-28 overall.
Prior to this, he was an assistant coach at the Community College of Rhode Island for the 2011-2013 seasons. During the 2011-2012 season, CCRI compiled a record of 19-12 with a Region XXI NJCAA Championship, and also won the Super Regional XV/XXI NJCAA Championship. In 2012-2013, CCRI was 25-7, won the Region XXI NJCAA Championship, were named District N NJCAA Champions, and made an appearance in the Division II NJCAA National Tournament in East Peoria, IL.
Coach Hardison was a head coach with the Connecticut Storm from 2006 to 2016, coaching a variety of teams ranging from Grade 7 Premier to 11 Premier. Coach Hardison helped many of his players move on to play at NCAA programs, several of these players earningan athletic scholarship to play. In an effort to use his developmental and recruiting skills more effectively, Coach Hardison began coaching with the RI Breakers in 2017 creating a program called Breakers West, for serious high school players in Southeastern Connecticut who had the desire to continue to play at the college level.
Coach Hardison has been coaching in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island for the past 20 years, with a strong background in camp and clinic work, recruiting, and player development. He has also spent several years coaching in the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). He was an assistant coach at Stonington, Westerly, and New London High Schools over several seasons, with many postseason conference and state tournament appearances. During the 2007-2008 season, Coach Hardison was the head coach at Wheeler High School in North Stonington, CT. The team had a record of 15-10, and reached the Class S state tournament semi-final game.
Coach Hardison is the founder and co-director of The Hoop Academy Basketball Camp, which has been in operation since 1999. The Hoop Academy has camps and clinics throughout Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island year round. The camp is operated by Coach Hardison and his wife, Colleen Hardison, who is also an AAU coach and was the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at East Lyme High School from 2013-2016. Coach Hardison is a science teacher and has worked in Stonington Public Schools and Groton Public Schools.
Associate Head Coach Nick Davis
Coach Nick Davis was promoted to Associate Head Coach for the 2017-2018 season, and is UConn-Avery Point Alumni (‘98-’00) and a graduate of Bacon Academy in Colchester, CT. Coach Davis joined the program during the 2015-2016 season. As an athlete at Avery Point, Coach Davis averaged 24.5ppg, 56.6% 3pt shooting, and was a 2nd Team All-American. He also held several career records with a single game high of 52 points, 12 made 3-pointers in a game, 148 made 3-pointers in a season, was a 1000 point scorer, and led the nation in 3-point shooting in both his freshman and sophomore years. As a high school athlete at Bacon Academy (’94-’98), Coach Davis was an All-COC selection for basketball, soccer and track. As a senior, he led the conference in every statistical category in basketball. He played 3 years of semi-professional basketball with the Harlem Magicians as a point guard.
Coach Davis has experience coaching with The Slamma Jamma Basketball Camp and The Hoop Academy Basketball Camp. He is the owner of Nick Davis Designs Inc. and Renovate LLC, and has been a licensed contractor for 15 years. He currently resides in Groton with his wife Bibian, and his son Andrew.
Undergraduate Assistant Coach Mia Dupuis
Team Manager Jaliyla Griffin
Social Media and Promotional Director Lawrence Wilson
Assistant Coach Lawrence Wilson will be working with the program for the second season. Coach Wilson graduated from Stonington High School class of 2011 from which he received the 2010 MLK Jr. Trust Fund Scholarship Recipient. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Connecticut. Lawrence also attended Hoop Academy Basketball Camps as a camper and has now helped Coach Hardison teach at them for the past 5 summers. Coach Wilson will be the Director of Social Media for the program, and will also be working with media relations and statistics. He has great passion for the game of basketball, and we are looking forward to a great season with him on staff.
Head Coach: George Hardison
Associate Head Coach: Nick Davis
Undergraduate Assistant Coach: Mia Dupuis
Social Media and Promotional Director: Lawrence Wilson
Team Manager: Jaliyla Griffin
Trainer: Anna Bergeron
UCAP Athletic Director: Roger Bidwell 860.405.9183
Manager/Associate Athletic Director: Scott Martin
Baskeball Office: 860.405.9077