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Larry McNeil
Assistant Coach

Larry McNeil joined the Alabama A&M women's basketball staff in July 2016 as an assistant coach.

McNeil has a wealth of experience in coaching women's basketball at the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels for more than 25 years.
McNeil began coaching as an assistant coach at Talladega College in 1989. In 1993, he accepted the assistant women's basketball coach position at Northeastern Illinois, and from there received the head coaching position at Talladega College in 1994.  
At Talladega College, McNeil led the team to a 63-63 record and two NAIA Regional 27 title games.

After a successful tenure at Talladega, McNeil moved up to the NCAA Division I level as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois-Chicago from 1998-01. During his time at UIC, McNeil helped secure the 18th and 19th ranked recruiting classes in the country.

Following his stint at UIC, McNeil took a job at Jackson State as an assistant women’s basketball coach from 2002-2007. While at Jackson State, McNeil helped the Tigers win four SWAC regular season conference titles and three WNIT appearances.

McNeil switched roles after his first stint at Jackson State and moved to the athletic administrative side as Jackson State's Assistant Director of Compliance for two years.  Eventually, McNeil returned to coaching at North Texas as an assistant in 2011 before returning to Jackson State in 2012 as the interim women’s basketball coach.
Named head coach only two months until the start of the 2012 campaign, McNeil guided JSU to double-digit wins (11) for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign and a berth in the first round of the 2011 SWAC Tournament.

In 2014, McNeil joined the Prairie View A&M staff as the Director of Player Development. The Panthers went on to win the SWAC Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Before McNeil stepped on the hardwood, he was a member of the United States Army Reserve from 1989-92 and was promoted to Staff Sergeant during Operation Desert Storm.

He is married to Gloria McNeil. The couple has three sons, and four grandchildren.

 

Michael Morgan
Assistant Coach

Michael Morgan is in his third season at Alabama A&M as a women’s basketball assistant coach. Morgan is a highly-respected recruiter with a well-rounded background on and off the basketball court.

Morgan spent three seasons serving as an assistant women’s basketball coach on Sharon Thompson’s staff at East Mississippi Community College.

State Tournament.MACJC opened the 2015-2016 campaign with a 13-9 mark during the first half of the season and finished the back end of the schedule unbeaten while qualifying for the EMCC campus. Coming off a 12-12 season in 2014-2015, ScoobaThe Lions participated in postseason play each of the three seasons Morgan was on the

During Morgan’s first season in the Mississippi junior college ranks, the 2013-14 EMCC women’s team enjoyed the program’s most successful season in five years. With EMCC coming off back-to-back losing seasons prior to his arrival in Scooba, the Lions registered a 16-9 overall record and their 11-1 league mark secured the program’s third MACJC North Division regular-season championship within a six-year span.

Morgan arrived at East Mississippi after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Saint Joseph’s College, an NCAA Division II program in Rensselaer, Ind. While serving as the Pumas’ recruiting coordinator, he also had scouting responsibilities of the team’s opponents as well as with the day-to-day development of SJC’s post and perimeter players.

Prior to entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Morgan acquired head coaching experience at a pair of Christian schools in his home state of Florida. While completing coursework for his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies with an emphasis in youth from Trinity College of Florida, Morgan spent two seasons serving as the head girls’ basketball coach at Tampa-based Oldsmar Christian School before taking on identical head coaching duties for a season at Faith Baptist Christian School in Brandon.

During his one season at FBCS, Morgan guided the 2011-12 Lady Eagles to a 48-8 record and a runner-up finish in the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association. Prior to that, Morgan inherited a struggling women’s hoops program at Oldsmar Christian School and promptly directed the Lady Eagles to a two-year composite record of 37-16.  He also assisted the boys’ basketball program while at Oldsmar.

Morgan’s circuitous basketball playing career landed him at Trinity College of Florida, a New Port Richey-based school affiliated with the National Christian College Athletic Association, in 2007.

After playing his freshman season at North Carolina A&T University and transferring to North Carolina Wesleyan College for his sophomore year, Morgan ended up at Trinity College of Florida following a two-year leave from college activity.  His return to the basketball court was met with individual success, as Morgan claimed 2007-08 All-South Region First Team honors. While also finishing as runner-up in the South Region’s Player of the Year voting, Morgan ranked among the NCAA Division II national leaders in several statistical categories as a junior. The two-time team captain for the Tigers capped his collegiate career by earning honorable mention all-region laurels as a senior in 2008-09.

Upon graduating from Eastern Wayne High School in Goldsboro, N.C., in 2001, Morgan spent two years serving in the United States Air Force. While dividing his enlistment time between Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas and Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, he managed to find time to lead his respective base league teams in scoring.  Morgan spent his early prep years at Walter L. Sickles High School in Tampa.

Morgan is married to the former Sharonrose Wattley from Trinidad.

 

Nyla Johnson
Assistant Coach

Nyla Johnson joined the Alabama A&M women’s basketball coaching staff in 2017 as a graduate assistant.

Johnson began coaching in 2015 as a student assistant at Faulkner, where she played four seasons of college basketball.

After working one season at Faulkner, Johnson returned to her high school alma mater in north Alabama, where she spent one season as an assistant coach at Madison Academy for coach Brian Privett. During that season, Madison Academy reached the Class 4A semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s state tournament.

Before making the transition to coaching, Johnson was a standout player. She played four seasons at Faulkner from 2011-15.

Before signing with Faulkner, Johnson starred at Madison Academy, where she was an all-state player who was part of three straight Class 3A state titles from 2009-11.