Brianne Comden joins the women’s basketball coaching staff for the 2017-18 season.
Comden graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2017 after a stellar career on the hardwood. She was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) First Team selection as she finished her career with 1,503 points, the third-best mark in program history. A three-time team captain, Comden led the Eagles to the NCAA tournament in her last two seasons and to an 86-25 overall record during her four years.
At Mary Washington, she studied psychology and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years. Comden has also worked as a coaching assistant for the Spotsy Sting AAU basketball team since 2013 with an emphasis on developing post players.
Associate Athletics Director
Nnenna Akotaobi arrived at Swarthmore College as the associate athletics director in the fall of 2012.
Prior to arriving at Swarthmore, Akotaobi worked at Grinnell College, where she worked as both the coordinator for diversity and achievement in athletics and assistant coordinator for athletic facilities and event management.
As the coordinator for diversity and achievement in athletics at Grinnell, Akotaobi worked to promote diversity within the athletics department and was responsible for the retention and recruitment of student-athletes from underrepresented backgrounds. Akotaobi was instrumental in diversity education among the department, co-authoring departmental policy on the inclusion and participation of transgender student-athletes, implementing a departmental diversity education program entitled “Diversity Dialogues,” and using extensive analysis to develop diversity values for the department's strategic plan and mission statement. She also collaborated closely with coaches to develop recruiting plans that helped increase and diversify the pool of underrepresented prospective student-athletes at Grinnell.
As the assistant coordinator for athletic facilities & event management, Akotaobi helped manage Grinnell's newly-completed Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center. Akotaobi was responsible for contracts and scheduling of facility use among the athletics department and external users such as club sports, intramural sports, and community organizations. She also had direct oversight of over 100 workers and served as the gameday manager for Grinnell athletic events. Akotaobi played a vital administrative role when Grinnell hosted the 2012 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field Championships in March, serving as marketing & event management coordinator.
Prior to working at Grinnell, Akotaobi served as the director of championships and assistant to the commissioner at the Midwest Conference, a position created by the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant Program. At the Midwest Conference, Akotaobi managed 16 conference championships, oversaw a $20,000 conference award and merchandise program and organized the inaugural MWC Diversity Summit, which supported the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority student-athletes and staff at MWC institutions.
Akotaobi is a 2009 graduate of the University of Denver, where she was a standout student-athlete on the Pioneers' basketball team during her four-year playing career. Akotaobi was the first player in the history of the Denver women's basketball program to play in 120 career games and ranks 10th all-time in school history in three-point field goal percentage (34.8), 15th all-time in free-throws made (182), and 13th all-time in blocks (54). A three-time member of the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll during her career, Akotaobi served as team captain and was a 2008-2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award nominee.
A native of Thornton, Colo., Akotaobi is member of numerous national committees and organizations. She is a member of the NCAA Minority Opportunity & Interests Committee, National Association of Colligate Women’s Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) and is a 2010 graduate of the NACWAA/NCAA Institute for Administrative Advancement.