AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) As the 2021-22 season inches closer for the Auburn women’s basketball program, first-year head coach Johnnie Harris continues her search to complete the coaching staff for the orange and blue. Tiger fans developed a better sense of the program’s direction on Thursday afternoon wehn Harris announced a pair of new position fillings.

After spending the 2020-21 season as the assistant coach of Colgate, Alex Stewart was brought to the Plains as Director of Basketball Operations.

"I am extremely grateful to be joining Coach Harris and her staff," Stewart said. "I believe wholeheartedly in her vision for this program, and I look forward to assisting in rebuilding this program to an SEC championship level."

Harris looks forward to the skillset and 13 years of collegiate experience Stewart brings to the table.

"Alex brings experience and organization to our program," Harris said. "Director of operations is one of the most important positions on a staff. She will keep our program running on schedule and in a first-class manner.”

In addition to Stewart’s hiring, the Tigers will retain an alumna of the program under new leadership; Reneisha Hobbs will remain on staff and serve as Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

Harris believes that Hobbs’ passion for the university will be instrumental in team success.

"Reneisha's knowledge, energy and passion for Auburn women's basketball as well as for Auburn University is invaluable. She is a proud alumna, and we are blessed to have her on our staff."

Hobbs is excited to be staying in Auburn, and looks forward to working with Harris.

"I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to join Coach J and her amazing staff," Hobbs said. "I want to thank Coach J, Monique Holland, and the athletic administration for allowing me to stay at my alma mater, which I love so much.”

The former Tiger also took time to praise Harris for her portfolio and level of respect earned within the coaching arena.

“Coach J is well-respected in this business, and her pedigree speaks for itself. She is dedicated and committed to serving our student-athletes to ensure they develop into sharp young women when preparing for life after college.” 

With the staff not yet completely filled, EETV will continue to provide updates as new hirings are announced.