Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
HEAD COACH: Derrick Pringle, Jr.360-870-3714
Simpson University named Derrick Pringle, Jr. head women's basketball coach in July 2007. Under his direction, the Lady Red Hawks finished as high third in the California Pacific Conference. They also advanced to the Cal Pac tournament semi-finals in 2009-2012.
In addition, the Lady Red Hawks hosted the first round of the Cal Pac tournament in 2009-2012 with a 4-0 record. Pringle has also coached two NCCAA and NAIA II All-Americans. He has produced four NCCAA All-West Region players and 12 All-Cal Pac players. In the 2012 season, Pringle had two NCCAA Scholar Athletes and NAIA Academic All-Americans on his team.
In 2011 and 2012, the Lady Red Hawks were ranked in the top 25 teams in the nation in steals and steals per game. Since Pringle’s hire, his basketball program has recorded an average GPA of 3.1 and won the highest GPA award among all athletic programs at Simpson in 2009-2011.
Before coming to Simpson, Pringle spent two seasons as assistant athletic director, athletic director, and assistant and head men's basketball coach at Puget Sound Christian College in Everett, Wash. During his tenure, he had four players named to the NCCAA II All-West Region team.
Pringle played at Simpson during the 2003 season, with the team that won the West Region Championship, finished third in the NCCAA National Tournament, and set a school record of 21 wins. He finished his collegiate career at Puget Sound Christian College, where he ranked third in Puget Sound's history in scoring, most points made in a game, field goal percentage, and 3-point percentage. He also led the nation in 3-point percentage in 2004-2005. After his career ended, Pringle was invited to attend a NBDL tryout/mini-camp for the Tulsa 66ers.
Pringle resides in Redding with his wife, Nicole, and their three children, Ayannah, Derrick III, and Isaiah. He is pursuing his master's degree in sports management at the United Sports Academy.
ASSISTANT COACH: Bryana Williams310.701.9694
Coach Bryana E. Williams was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., and now resides in Ontario, Calif. Williams has been playing basketball since she was 5 years old; she played for all her school teams and played AAU all through middle school and high school. She attended Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif., where she received student-athlete of the year, ranked top player in LA City and ranked in the state her senior year. She also had the honor of having her jersey retired at her high school for being one of the top girl basketball players to come out of her school.
After high school, she attended California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif., where she majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and minored in Sociology. Williams played four years of college basketball, being a captain for two of those years. She received the “Lancer Award” two years in a row and was ranked one of the top rebounders in the league and in Golden State Athletics Conference. She had opportunities to play overseas, but due to knee challenges she was unable to continue to compete at that level, but plays in local area women’s league and semi-pro leagues back at home when she can.
Williams started her coaching career her sophomore year in college by working at NBC Camps, which she has been doing every summer since 2008. After graduating from college in May 2010, she started coaching at the high school level. She coached JV and assisted with varsity at Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles (2nd Place in League, Record-12-6) and Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga (3rd Place in League, Record-19-8). She has also helped with skill development trainings for other local high school teams. She also coached at Jehue Middle School for two years, where she help lead a team to 1st place championship and the other to a second place in the championship game. Williams also coaches each season at her home church, where in 2013 she led her team to 1st place championship with a record of 10-1.
Williams is very humbled and excited to be a member of the Red Hawk family. She doesn’t take this opportunity lightly and is excited to not just see growth and success within the entire program basketball wise, but also the personal and spiritual development and growth amongst every woman. She feels that God has brought her in at the right time and is ready to be used for His goodness!