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Head Coach Rory Kuhn

Rory Kuhn
Head Women's Basketball Coach

Coach Kuhn enters his first season as Head Coach of the Lady Commodores Basketball Program.

Rory Kuhn joined the St. John’s women’s basketball program prior to the 2017-18 season. In his first term as assistant coach, Kuhn helped the Johnnies to a 19-15 season including their 11th-straight postseason appearance, and first trip to the WNIT Quarterfinals.

During the 2018-19 campaign, Kuhn helped coach the Red Storm to an 81-74 upset over then-No. 8/7 Marquette. This win marked the best for the program in terms of national rankings in nearly a decade.

Most recently, Kuhn is coming off the 2019-20 season, where he helped lift the Johnnies to a 19-12, record including an 11-7 mark in conference play. As a result, St. John’s earned a third-place finish in the BIG EAST standings at the conclusion of the regular season. 

Kuhn has worked primarily with the guards over his three seasons at St. John’s.  He has also played an instrumental role in both recruiting and player development.

Over the last three campaigns, Kuhn has assisted in coaching a pair of All-BIG EAST selections (Maya Singleton and Qadashah Hoppie), as well as two major award winners’ in Hoppie (2017-18 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year) and Leilani Correa (2019-20 BIG EAST Sixth Women).

In addition, Kuhn mentored four BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selections. Prior to taking on the position as Assistant Coach for the Red Storm, Kuhn served as the assistant coach with the Northwest Florida men’s basketball program.

During his tenure at Northwest Florida, Kuhn helped guide the Raiders to an unprecedented level of success. Northwest Florida made three-straight NJCAA Elite Eight appearances, a pair of Final Fours and took home the 2014-15 National Championship.

In four years with Kuhn on the sidelines, Northwest Florida compiled a 111-19 record, won three Panhandle Conference Championships and back-to-back Florida State Championships.

Additionally, Kuhn mentored three-straight Panhandle Conference Players of the Year in Benji Bell (2014-15), Shadell Malinghaus (2015-16) and Jeromy Rodriguez (2016-17).

Prior to joining the Northwest Florida staff in 2013-14, Kuhn coached high school on Long Island for nine years.

During his playing days, Kuhn was an Academic All-American at Suffolk Community College. Following his stint at Suffolk, Kuhn completed his undergraduate degree at SUNY Cortland, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. Later, Kuhn completed his Master of Science degree in Special Education.


Assistant Coach Chris Godfrey

Chris Godfrey
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Coach Godfrey enters his first season as Assistant Coach of the Lady Commodores Basketball Program.

Chris Godfrey enters his seventh season as a women's college basketball coach. His previous stops include Coastal Bend College,  Kilgore College, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Northwest Florida State College, and most recently serving as the recruiting coordinator at Prairie View A&M University.

Godfrey started his coaching career in 2015, landing at Coastal Bend College in Beeville, TX. Godfrey's time at Coastal Bend was marked by numerous first-time achievements. The program recorded its first ever wins against NJCAA competition and its first conference wins during Godfrey's debut season with the program. Three of Godfrey's Coastal Bend Cougars would eventually play at the NCAA Division I level. 

Godfrey's work at Coastal Bend caught the eye of then Kilgore College head coach Anna Nimz, who added him to her staff in the summer of 2017. Godfrey took the reins of preseason skill development as well as post player development during the season, while also handling duties as the program's recruiting coordinator. His lone season at Kilgore culminated with a berth in the NJCAA Region 14 Tournament final. 

Godfrey then spent one season as the assistant coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College where he helped guide freshman post player Britnee Gabriel to a standout freshman season that led to her signing at Texas Southern.

In the summer of 2019, Godfrey arrived at Northwest Florida, just in time to help the program secure a conference championship and a FSCAA Region 8 tournament title. 

Godfrey was hired as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Prairie View A&M University in October of 2020, joining the staff of legendary SWAC head coach Sandy Pugh. During his season at Prairie View, Godfrey oversaw the recruitment of a seven-person class that is considered one of the best in the history of the program.

In August of 2021, Godfrey returned to the Florida Panhandle to assist new head coach Rory Kuhn at Gulf Coast State. 

Godfrey graduated from St. John's University (NY) with a double major in Journalism and Sports Management. He completed graduate studies at Armstrong State University (now Georgia Southern University), focusing on Professional Communication and Leadership Studies. 


Assistant Coach JoAnne Booker

JoAnne Booker
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

JoAnne Booker enters her fourth season with the Lady Commodores basketball program as an Assistant Coach.

Coach Booker spent three seasons as an assistant coach under the legendary Coach Mary “Roonie” Scovel. She helped the Lady Commodores to two Panhandle Conference Championships, two Region 8 Championships, and a NJCAA National Championship in 2019. As a player, she was on the 2016 NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship. Coach Booker was a two sport Gulf Coast student athlete. During 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons, Coach Booker played on the Lady Commodore Softball team. After her two years of eligibility with the softball program, Coach Booker joined the Lady Commodores Basketball team for two seasons.

In 2018, Coach Booker graduated from Gulf Coast State College with a B.A in Organizational Management/ Health Services. She went on to attend FSU Panama City and graduated with a B.S in Psychology. Currently she is working towards her Masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Coach Booker is a Panama City Local. She attended Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, FL. She was a multi-sport athlete in high school. Coach Booker is the only female in Arnold history to letter in three sports all four years. She earned All-County in Volleyball, Softball, and Basketball all four years. She also earned All- State honors in basketball and softball.

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