This is Kemp's first year on the Lady Hornets' staff. She brings more than 25 years of coaching experience, spanning from high school to the collegiate American Athletic Conference (AAC), Kemp comes to Delaware State after spending a year away from coaching.
Her last coaching stint was at Hampton (Va.) High School as an assistant during the 2015-2016 season.
Prior to Hampton High School, she spent two seasons at Temple University from 2013-15 as the administrative assistant /video coordinator for women’s basketball. Kemp returned to the college campus after coaching in the community for two seasons. She previously served as an assistant coach at Fordham from 2008-09. Prior to joining the Fordham staff, Kemp worked as the first assistant coach at Howard for four seasons (2004-08). Previously, she was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Morgan State from 1999-2003,serving as interim head coach during the 2002-03 season. The Bears' best season during the span was in the 1999-2000 campaign, when the team finished as the MEAC regular-season runner-up. Kemp also had stints at Peninsula Christian School, where she was the head coach during the 1996-97 season, and served as an assistant coach at Christopher Newport University from 1995-99. While at Christopher Newport, the team earned four Dixie Conference regular-season championships as well as the 1998 Dixie Conference Tournament Championship, and made three NCAA appearances (1996-98). Before entering the coaching profession. Kemp enjoyed immense success as a student-athlete. She was a basketball standout at Christopher Newport from 1992-95, and led the 1993 and 1995 teams to NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as four Dixie Conference regular-season championships.
A native of Hampton, Va., Kemp received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation from Christopher Newport University in 1997 and earned a master’s in Psychology, specializing in Sports Performance, from the University of the Rockies in 2011.
The hiring of Kemp was an easy choice, according to Burgess.
“I’ve known Felicia since she joined the MEAC as a coach in the late 1990s,” Burgess said. “Her knowledge of basketball and the MEAC was a big reason for her hire. She has the coaching experience I need for the position and will fit right in with the transition that’s underway to take our program to another level.”
According to Kemp, Delaware State is the perfect place to resume her coaching career.
“I still have a passion to coach, when you watch games, you still have that same fight,” she said. “Being at Delaware State gives me the opportunity to learn, to teach, and to pass on my knowledge to the next generation.”