Caronica Randle | Associate Head Coach
Caronica Randle is in her first season as associate head coach for head coach Matt Daniel.
Randle joined the A-State coaching staff after three seasons as associate head coach at Furman. The Paladins appeared in postseason play in both seasons with Randle on staff, including a WNIT appearance this past season. Furman advanced to championship game of the SoCon Conference for the first time since 2000 and finished the year with a 19-14 record. The 2017-18 season saw Furman earn the first postseason win in program history with a victory over UNC Asheville in the WBI.
“I’m excited to come back home and coach in my home state,” said Randle. “I am also elated to be back on the sidelines with Matt Daniel. His passion and vision towards the game of basketball is one of a kind! I’ve learned some great things at Furman University under the outstanding leadership of Jackie Carson, and now I’m ready to get back closer to home with even more support from my Arkansas family and friends.”
Randle joined the Furman program following four years as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall under coach Daniel. During her four-year tenure at Marshall, Randle played a pivotal role in the Thundering Herd's resurgence that produced the program's first-ever Division I postseason win, a Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) triumph over Northern Kentucky in 2014-15, and Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) appearance. Marshall's 21-win campaign in 2015-16 marked its highest victory tally in three decades.
Fueling the Herd's rise were strong Randle-directed recruiting efforts that netted three All-Conference USA performers, including the program's inaugural first team selection. Marshall's 2015-16 recruiting effort was ranked 52nd nationally by Blue Star Report.
Prior to going to Marshall in 2012, she served four seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Central Arkansas, helping the Sugar Bears transition from NCAA Division II to Division 1 and register the program's first Southland Conference championship and three 21-win seasons. Four conference player of the year selections headlined Central Arkansas’ rise, which included a pair of post-season tournament appearances.
A Forrest City, Ark., native, Randle was a basketball standout for the Sugar Bears, scoring 2,089 points to finish third in school history and averaging 17.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in her four-year career.
She helped lead Central Arkansas to 20 victories per season over her playing tenure, highlighted by Gulf South Conference (GSC) regular season and tournament championships, two NCAA Division II regional appearances, a school record 28 wins and NCAA Division II national semifinal in 2004-05, and a second place finish in the Southland Conference East Division in UCA's first season in Division I.
A two-time All-GSC first team honoree, Randle was named conference player of the year in 2006, garnered a pair of Division II honorable mention All-America tabs, and was voted Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 Division II South Regional. She was named to the All-Southland first team in 2007 after leading the league in scoring in UCA's first year in the conference.
She was named to the Gulf South Conference West Division All-Decade second team and in 2014 was inducted into the Forrest City High School Hall of Fame. This past year she was enshrined into the University of Central Arkansas Hall of Fame.
Randle, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from UCA in 2008 and in May of 2016 completed a master's degree in adult and technical education from Marshall.
Aaron Holland | Assistant Coach
Aaron Holland is in his first season as an assistant coach at A-State.
Holland returns to his alma mater after two seasons as an assistant coach at Lipscomb. While at Lipscomb, Holland was the recruiting coordinator and helped develop two Atlantic Sun Conference all-freshmen team members and the 2018 A-Sun Player of the Year Loren Cagle. The 2017-18 season saw the Bisons play in their first A-Sun Conference Championship semifinal since 2008.
“I’m so excited to return to my alma mater and work for coach Daniel,” said Holland. “I’ve long respected the work that Matt has done and look forward to working with him on a day-to-day basis as part of the Red Wolves family here in my hometown.”
Prior to his time at Lipscomb, Holland was an assistant coach for one season at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He coached first team WBCA NJCAA All-American De’Angela Mathis and had three players selected as First or Second Team All-Conference.
Holland spent three years with Insider Exposure Florida Girls Basketball as a scout, editor and coach. In that time, he was responsible for evaluating talent of girls’ basketball players to determine the skill level for collegiate programs. Holland began his coaching career as head coach at Motlow State Community College.
Holland earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management in 2006 and a Master’s Degree in Business Technology in 2011, both from Arkansas State. He was a graduate assistant for men’s basketball handling all team video needs from 2009-11.
Destinee Rogers | Assistant Coach
Destinee Rogers is in her first season as an assistant coach for A-State.
Rogers returns to the collegiate sideline after three seasons as head coach of the girls’ basketball program at El Dorado High School. In those three seasons, she guided the Wildcats to a 52-28 record. She led El Dorado to the state semifinals in her first season finishing with a 21-8 record on the year. She coached three all-state players and seven all-conference players while guiding her team to a 3.1 cumulative grade-point average.
“I’m excited to get back into college coaching working for Matt Daniel,” said Rogers. “I played for him at Central Arkansas, so I saw firsthand how his hard work and passion elevates programs to the next level. I’m so thankful to El Dorado and all of the support I’ve had there for three years, but I am looking forward to doing my part in achieving the ultimate goal which is championships.”
Following her playing career at UCA, Rogers spent four seasons on the bench for the Sugar Bears with one season as a graduate assistant (2012-13) and three more as an assistant coach (2013-16). In the 2015-16 season, Rogers helped guide the Sugar Bears to their first NCAA Tournament and a program record 28 wins, regular-season record 26 victories and Southland Conference program record win total of 16.
Rogers helped UCA to a record of 78-45 in her time as an assistant coach, including 45-18 in the last two seasons. She helped recruit and develop two Southland Conference Players of the Year, a Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and eight all-conference players.
A three-year starter at UCA, Rogers finished her playing career averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game with more than 100 3-point field goals to her credit. She helped UCA to the 2012 Southland Conference Championship and was the floor general when the program made its first Division I postseason appearances, hosting UAB in the 2011 WBI and traveling to Oklahoma State in the 2012 WNIT.
Rogers earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences in 2012 and a Master of Science in Health Sciences in 2014.
Alexis Sharp | Director of Operations
Alexis Sharp is in her first season as Director of Operations for A-State.
Sharp returns to her hometown after three seasons as an assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist University. During her time with Tigers, she was responsible for recruiting, equipment and travel operations, film exchange, scouting reports, academic progress and the strength and conditioning implementation. She helped the Tigers to two conference tournament appearances out of three seasons after the squad had missed postseason play in the two prior years. She also coached three Great American Conference All-Conference players and the league’s Elite Scholar Athlete.
“I’m excited to be back in Jonesboro,” said Sharp. “Coach Daniel is well respected in this community and in the basketball community itself and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn alongside him and his staff. I look forward to seeing what the season will bring.”
The Nettleton graduate played all 109 games over four seasons at Ouachita Baptist. She averaged 2.5 points in 28 games her senior season. She finished her career with 304 points scored.
Sharp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology while minoring in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University in 2016.
Sharp joins Associate Head Coach Caronica Randle and Assistant Coach Aaron Holland on Daniel’s staff.