Stacia Robertson | Assistant Coach
Stacia Robertson joined the Catamount bench in May 2019 as an assistant coach helping with defense coordination and coaching the post-player. She will also aid in recruiting and handle the program’s alumni relations.
Robertson served as the Director of Basketball Operations at High Point University from 2016 until 2018. She returned to High Point where she was a standout four-year player after playing professionally overseas for two years. Robertson played for the Bendigo Braves in the Southeastern Australia Basketball League in 2015 and Anadolu Universitesi in the Turkish League in 2016.
Robertson stepped away from collegiate athletics for a year working at Bankers Life as an insurance agent in Greensboro, N.C., before deciding to re-enter the coaching ranks at Western Carolina.
A product of Grand Island, Neb., Robertson spent her first collegiate season at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., before transferring to High Point prior to the 2011-12 season. In just three years in the Purple & White, Robertson was a program-best, six-time Big South Player of the Week. She finished her career ranked among the top five in program NCAA Division I history for points (5th, 1,274); points per game (2nd, 13.7 points per game); rebounds (2nd, 801); blocked shots (3rd, 214), steals (2nd, 217) and field goal percentage (1st, 49.9%).
A two-time, first-team All-Big South selection in 2013-14 and 2014-15, Robertson rounded out her collegiate career averaging 16.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game en route to being named Big South Player of the Year as a senior in 2014-15. The forward also become the program's first AP All-American earning honorable mention during her redshirt-senior campaign.
Tyler Smith | Assistant Coach
Tyler Smith became an assistant for Western Carolina women's basketball in June 2019.
Prior to coming to Western Carolina Smith spent one season with Queens University as an assistant coach. She joined the Royals after spending two seasons at Kansas Wesleyan University. While there, she helped lead the Coyotes to 35 total wins and back-to-back appearances in the KCAC Tournament. Smith was responsible for the development of post players, overseeing team academic success, scouting opponents and recruiting.
She spent two seasons as head coach of Kansas Wesleyan’s junior varsity team, posting a 28-10 overall record. She also organized numerous community service and alumni events while also working as a camp coach during the summer.
“I am excited to welcome Tyler to our Catamount family,” Kearney said. “Tyler has a dynamic personality and is well connected on the recruiting scene in North and South Carolina, as well as the Maryland and Virginia area. She possesses the ability to relate to student-athletes and their families which will be a huge benefit to us from a recruiting standpoint. She is excited about committing to the process of growing our WCU Women's Basketball program, and we are so thankful to have her as part of our team.”
Prior to her time at KWU, Smith played four years of collegiate basketball at UNC Asheville. She appeared in 76 games for the Bulldogs and was a part of a team in 2015-16 that won both the Big South Regular Season Championship and the Big South Tournament Championship.
Smith earned a Master of Business Administration from Kansas Wesleyan after graduating from UNC Asheville with a bachelor's degree in Business Management.
Shyla Coleman | Director of Operations
Shyla Coleman became the Director of Basketball Operations for Western Carolina women's basketball in June 2019.
Coleman spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for Clemson women’s basketball. She graduates in August 2019 with a Master’s Degree in Athletic Leadership.
While a graduate assistant for the Tigers, Coleman coordinated recruiting visits, assisted in social media posts, organized team meals and assisted with travel plans. She also assisted the coaching staff in travel plans for recruiting, oversaw the team’s managers and assisted with team camp planning and organization.
Prior to pursuing her master’s degree and graduate assistant responsibilities at Clemson, Coleman was a four-year women’s basketball player at Southern Wesleyan University receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2015.