Khadija J. Head enters her third season as an assistant coach with the Blue Raiders in 2009-10. She arrived in Murfreesboro after spending two years at Arkansas with coach Susie Gardner.
Head directs the program's recruiting efforts in addition to her on-floor coaching, guard development, mentoring the players and skill work. Her hard work and dedication have paid off, as Chelsia Lymon was tabbed the Sun Belt's Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Sun Belt Third Team a year ago.
She recently completed her first year as the team's recruiting coordinator, helping bring in a top 30 class this season. Middle Tennessee is dedicated to bringing the best players in the state to Murfreesboro each season.
Head was the director of operations for Gardner in 2006-07 and served as an assistant coach her first year in Fayetteville, 2005-06. She was part of the Southeastern Conference staff, which signed the most decorated back-to-back recruiting classes in school history.
She oversaw all aspects of the Arkansas individual, position and elite camps, which included numerous top 100 recruits. Head also was active in the evaluation and recruitment of prospective student-athletes, in-season and postseason player development, scouting opponents and game preparation and all aspects of team travel. She also was an academic assistant for the student-athletes.
The Atlanta, Ga., native prepped at Woodward Academy and led her squad to a pair of Georgia state titles and a 108-11 record during her four high school seasons.
She embarked on her collegiate career at Murray State, where she started all 28 games as a senior and was the team's fourth-leading scorer at 7.1 points per game. She held a then-single game school record with 14 assists during her junior campaign against Southeast Missouri.
Head was twice a member of the Ohio Valley Conference Honor Roll and three times earned a spot on the school's Dean's List. She was a 2003 cum laude graduate with an organizational communications degree. She then received a Black Coaches Association Postgraduate Scholarship and an NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.
Head completed her master's degree in sport management a year later, in 2004, while serving on Laurel Heilman's staff at Slippery Rock in Slippery Rock, Pa. She coordinated summer basketball camps along with administrative duties, including scouting and film exchange for The Rock. She also assisted with the guards, including individual workouts and creating summer workout programs.
Head worked at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in Lilburn, Ga., in 2005. She conducted and organized the WBCA High School All-American Game presented by Nike, which included future collegiate standouts such as Ashley and Courtney Paris (Oklahoma), Marissa Coleman (Maryland) Kalana Greene (Connecticut) and Abby Waner (Duke). Head oversaw the management and distribution of Nike apparel for staff members, volunteers and participants during her time at the WBCA.