Donchez Graham begins his second year as assistant basketball coach for the College of Charleston women's basketball team.
In his first year in Charleston Graham helped the Cougars achieve success in the 2012-13 season as they team won 16 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational post-season tournament.
Graham has been an assistant coach at Morgan State and also West Virginia, where he helped the 2009-10, No. 10 ranked Mountaineer team to a 28-5 record, NCAA tournament berth and most wins in school history.
"Donchez Graham is a tireless worker and a proven winner," Adair said. "His passion for teaching is contagious and his drive for success is unwavering. Donchez is known and respected as one of the best recruiters in the business. I am thrilled to have Donchez and his family join our program and ready for his efforts to help take the Cougars to new heights."
Graham guided the 2011-12 Owings Mills High School team, in Maryland, to a 26-14 record and won the class 2A Regional Championship. His team made the final four for the first time since 1984.
"I'm very excited to join the Charleston community and work for coach Adair," Graham said. "She has a zest for the game that is infectious and is a visionary who will do great things for this program."
A native of Baltimore, Graham joined the Mountaineer program in 2009 after spending the past four seasons as an assistant at Morgan State. While at Morgan State, Graham was responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting and the development of the post players.
During his time at Morgan State, he helped lead the Bears to 53 victories since the 2006-07 season. In 2008, the Bears participated in the WNIT, the program's first postseason invitation. Morgan State had three Top 100 recruiting classes while Graham was there (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 by Blue Star Report, All-Star Girl's Report and Girls Collegiate Basketball Report). The Bears ranked seventh in the nation in 2006-07 in field goal percentage defense and third in the nation in team steals in 2007-08.
Graham came to Morgan State in 2005 after spending three years as the head coach at Western High in Baltimore. While there, he guided Western to a 46-6 record, a City title and two Regional and state Final Four appearances. His squads ended the season ranked in the top five by The Baltimore Sun on three occasions.
Prior to his stint at Western, Graham served four years as associate head coach at Dunbar High. At Dunbar, his teams tallied a 101-8 mark and captured three Maryland State 2A/1A championships. Dunbar also won two Baltimore City League titles and finished ranked No. 1 by The Baltimore Sun in 2001-02.
Graham graduated from Morgan State in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned a master's degree in school improvement leadership in 2003 from Goucher College.
Graham and his wife Kimberly are the proud parents of three children, sons Kaybren (12), Donchez (5) and a baby girl, Delaney Adison born on March 4.