Tungate confirms departure of assistant coaches

By Adam Kujawski

Oakland University women’s basketball head coach Jeff Tungate has decided to not renew the contracts of two of his assistant coaches. Lester Harbin and Lindsay Scarlatelli have been informed that the team will be moving in a different direction in regards to its coaching staff.

The two assistants were hired under former Golden Grizzlies head coach Beckie Francis, who was dismissed last summer. Following his first year at the helm for Oakland, Tungate is looking to bring in his own staff.

Tungate said he will begin a nationwide search for replacements in the coming weeks and is looking for coaches that have strong recruiting ties and player development capabilities.

Both Harbin and Scarlatelli will remain with Oakland until their respective contracts expire, with Harbin telling The Post his contract expires in April.

Harbin joined as an assistant coach on May 1, 2012, with additional responsibilities in scouting and individual player development.  

Prior to arriving at OU, Harbin headed the women’s basketball program at Salem International University in Salem, W.Va. Harbin had also served as an assistant for the men’s basketball team at the State University of New York at Fredonia from 2007-11.

Scarlatelli joined the women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on May 1, 2013. Scarlatelli previously held coaching and administrative positions at UIC and Michigan State. She was also student manager for Oakland women’s basketball from 2007-2010.