- Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator
Krystal Suanders enters her fourth season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Johnson & Wales women's bkasetball team.
Saunders, a former standout at University of Miami, comes to Johnson & Wales University, where she has spent the past two seasons at her alma mater as the coordinator of player development. While there, Krystal had a variety of roles with the team. Saunders organized practices, tracked both the team and opponent’s runs during games, overseen player programs, and assisting with recruiting and game preparation. Also, as coordinator of player development, she helped lead the 2014-15 team to its 5th straight NCAA appearance, where Miami beat University of Washington in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
“I am so excited to welcome Krystal to our JWU Family,” said Hope, “Krystal will bring a wealth of knowledge and mental focus to our guard development. I was fortunate to watch Krystal as she developed from a player to now her being a coach. She was always poised and focused on the court. Both her playing and coaching experience will be of great benefit to our team in terms of player development, game planning and scouting. Saunders’s love and passion for the game will be infectious to our program. She's a terrific addition to our staff and we look forward to all the success she will bring.
On the court, Saunders produced an outstanding career at Miami. Saunders made the NCAA Tournament in three of her four years as a Hurricane and was a member of the 2010-11 team that won the ACC regular season title. Saunders started 65 games in her college career and was the lone player to start every game in 2013-14, when she averaged 8.8 points as a senior. That season, she led the Hurricanes in 3-pointers made (70), free throw percentage (77.5 percent) and minutes per game (31.5)
Saunders earned her bachelors of science in education with a major in sports administration and a minor in sociology from the University of Miami in 2014.
A Native of Hollywood, Fla., and standout at South Broward High School, Krystal was named Florida Miss Basketball after leading South Broward High School to a 23-2 record and an appearance in the Class 6A Final Four. Krystal Led her team with 22.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. She was also named the Sun-Sentinel Player of the Year.