HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, Ohio
HIGH SCHOOL: Cincinnati Hughes High (1976 -79)
DEGREE EARNED: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (Nyack College, June 2009)
Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Virginia Union University, May 1983)
Barvenia Wooten currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. After spending over twenty years of coaching at the collegiate level, she has started her own franchise, The Richmond Roadrunners of the newly formed Women’s Professional Basketball Association after spending the last three years as Head Coach of Florida State College at Jacksonville Women’s Basketball Program. She was instrumental in successfully getting her players recruited to the next level. Her impressive business background coupled with her eighteen years of head coaching experience at different levels will be valuable to the continued growth and success of the Roadrunners. Prior to that, Coach Wooten was in the community developing the Jacksonville franchise of the Women’s American Basketball League (WABL-Hoops) while serving as Vice President of Operations for the WABL.
She was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at her alma mater, Virginia Union University, from 2010-2015. While at VUU, she was named the CIAA Coach of the Year in 2012 and her team won the North Division of the CIAA that same year. As a coach who understands the importance of academic achievement, Coach Wooten recruited student-athletes with a 3.0+ GPA, thus increasing the graduation rate for those in the VUU Women’s Basketball program. In 2013, she was given the VUU Presidential Citation Award.
Coach Wooten spent 11 years (1999-2010) as a Head Coach at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland. While at Prince George’s, her 2006 and 2010 teams finished 5th and 11th in the NJCAA National Tournament, respectively. She was also named the NJCAA District J Women’s Division II Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2010.
Barvenia Wooten is a native of Cincinnati OH where she distinguished herself as an outstanding student-athlete As an All-American student-athlete, she was recruited for the Women's Basketball Team at Virginia University by the late "Tricky" Tom Harris in 1979.
While attending VUU, Wooten captured many outstanding accomplishments. Wooten led the Lady Panthers in scoring and rebounding during her junior and senior years. Wooten was a part of two CIAA Championship teams: in 1981 and 1982. Not only did she capture CIAA gold, but she was also named to the All-CIAA team in 1981, 1982 and again in 1983. One of her biggest accomplishments was leading the Lady Panthers to an NCAA Division II National Championship in 1983. In the national championship game, she would score 25 points and have 15 rebounds, earning her ESPN’s MVP Award. For her hard work and dedication, she also was selected to be a part of the 1983 NCAA Division II Regional and National Championship All-Tournament teams. She would end her collegiate career with a total of 1,534 points and 724 rebounds, ranking her with All-American status. In addition to her outstanding athletic accomplishments, off the court, she was crowned Miss Virginia Union University and a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She graduated with Honors earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University's Sydney L. Lewis School of Business in May 1983.
Wooten's commitment to reaching her goals would earn her recognition from many prestigious organizations. In 1986, Wooten was inducted into the Communiplex Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio, along with Cheryl Miller. In 1988, she was inducted into the Virginia Union University Sports Hall of Fame. In 1999, Wooten was inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame for her outstanding display of Athleticism. Her jersey was retired by VUU in 2009.
Wooten continued her basketball career in 1997 on a professional level with the Philadelphia Rage of the American Basketball League (ABL) and played six years with the Maryland Sparks of the Washington Basketball League (WBL) in Largo, Maryland. Wooten averaged 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 assists. She would rank #1 in rebounding.
As a high school All-American led her team and city league in rebounding and scoring during her junior and senior years. She was one of the first players to finish with over well 1,000 career points. Wooten also led her team to a 3rd place finish at the Ohio State AAA Girls Basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio. She was named the Ohio Pro-Am AAA & UPI Player of the year.
Despite any accolades Coach Wooten has received, she says, “One of my biggest accomplishments, besides being a mother of two, Vicki Collier and Robert Collier Jr and grandmother of two, Khai & Sanaa was being selected to the “NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team” in 2013.
In addition, earning her B.S. in Accounting in 1983, Barvenia courageously went back and got her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership 26 years later in 2009. She has been a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) since 2009.
Barvenia’s mission is to create an empowering environment that will allow young women to fulfill their passion and desire to continue their playing career at the professional level and contributing to the community as ambassadors for the wellbeing and empowerment of girls.
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