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South Carolina native returns home to take HBCU job


Former Allen University head coach Toccara Toland is taking over the Rock Hill, SC – based HBCU program. See the press release below.

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Director of Athletics Vincent Robinson has announced the hiring of Toccara Toland as the next head coach of the Clinton College women’s basketball program for the 2024-25 season.

“Coach Toland is the perfect addition to our team at Clinton College,” Director of Athletics Vincent Robinson shared. “Her dedication to her players and the sport of basketball is evidenced through her impressive and dynamic coaching experience. The young ladies who make up our women’s basketball team deserve a great student-athlete experience, and I know Coach Toland is the right woman who can enhance the student athlete experience.” 

“I want to thank President McCorn, Dr. Angelyne Brown, AD Vincent Robinson and the entire athletics administration at Clinton College for believing in me and granting me the opportunity to lead the Golden Bears women’s basketball program,” commented Coach Toland. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew this was where I needed and wanted to be. I’m excited to get started while also looking forward to returning this program to its winning traditions that the Clinton College community, the city of Rock Hill, and the state of South Carolina can be proud of!”

A return to the HBCU ranks

Toland comes to Clinton from Div. I Long Island University (NY) where she was the assistant coach in the 2023-24 season. Before heading to LIU, Toland was the head coach at HBCU Allen University in Columbia for three seasons from 2020-2023. During her time at Allen, she led her team to 26 wins over three seasons including a shortened 2021 Covid-season. She helped Allen record their first winning record in 3 years in 2022-23 when they went 14-13 and made it to the SIAC conference quarterfinals.

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Toccara Toland previously coached at Division II HBCU Allen University.

Before going to Allen, Toland was at Piedmont International (now Carolina University) in Winston-Salem, NC for three years, where she served as the Head Women’s Basketball coach from 2018-2021, compiling a 36-21 record. During Toland’s three-year stint, the Bruins advanced to the NCCAA DI South Regional Championship twice and was ranked as high as #6 in the nation. She also recruited and produced several Academic-Scholars, six All-Region student-athletes and the first NCCAA student-athlete of the week for the university since 2016. 

Toland completed an internship at Wake Forest University as an Operations Intern under Coach Kendra Samuels-Eaton in 2010. She is also currently pursuing her EdD at East Tennessee State University in Global Leadership. 

Before heading to the college ranks, Toland was the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Lexington HS (N.C.) from 2014-2018. Prior to that she was the Winston-Salem Lady Warcats Associate Head Coach and Director of Operations from 2012-2018 as well. In 2010, Toland founded the Lady Warcats in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League and played for the team for two years before becoming the Associate Head Coach/Director of Operations. She went 27-20 with 2 National Playoff appearances in the WBCBL. Coach Toland then worked her way up the ranks and was named the Carolinas Regional Director from 2014 until 2016.

During her playing days, Toland received a host of awards such as being named a WBCA Division III All-American, the 2005 NCAA Div. III National Assist Leader, USA South Player of the Year, and Virginia All-State First Team. In 2014, Toland was named to the USA South 50th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team and was most recently named to the Ferrum College (Va.) Hall of Fame in 2021. 

Toland, a graduate of Ferrum College, VA holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She has also earned a M.A.S in Sports Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Coach Toland is originally from North, SC and now resides in Irmo with her daughter Diamond and son William, the IV.

South Carolina native returns home to take HBCU job







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