L’Tona Lamonte (’99) enters her fifth season as the head women’s basketball coach in the 2020-21 season. She has compiled a 58-56 overall record with this past season’s team reaching the semifinals of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament. During Lamonte’s tenure, she has coached four pre-season All-CIAA members, five All-CIAA members, two CIAA All-Rookie members, two All-Tournament members, and one Freshman of the Year. Her teams have also been successful in the classroom averaging over a 3.0 each year. In her four years at the helm, her team has won the highest athletics GPA award twice.
Prior to taking the reins of the Rams' program, Lamonte spent a total of 14 years in NCAA Division I athletics. With stops at North Carolina Central University (2015-16), Belmont University (2013-15), North Carolina State (2009-13), Western Carolina University (2004-09) and Georgia Southern University (1999-01).
Lamonte was the Assistant Head Coach at North Carolina Central University prior to WSSU. While at Belmont, Lamonte was heavily involved with recruiting, scouting, practices, training and community service. She coached an Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Player of the Year, one all-conference performer, two all-tournament honorees and one Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) All-Newcomer. Belmont won the OVC Eastern Division and played for the OVC championship with Lamonte on the sidelines before earning a bid to the Women'a National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
In her time at North Carolina State, Lamonte managed the daily operations of the women's basketball office including fundraising, public relations, community service, marketing, budgeting, travel, compliance and academics. She raised over $50,000 annually to support the Kay Yow Foundation.
Lamonte experienced great success in her five seasons at Western Carolina. The Catamounts had eight Southern Conference All-Conference award winners, 13 All-Tournament selections, three All-Freshmen performers, two tournament MVPs, one Defensive Player of the Year and one Freshman of Year with Lamonte as a part of the coaching staff. WCU went on to win three conference championships, made four postseason tournaments and had three 20-plus win seasons including the nation's top turnaround team one year. Lamonte coached six 1,000 point scorers and helped the Catamounts upset No. 21 Louisville during the 2006-07 season.
Lamonte began her coaching career at Carver High School before taking her first collegiate job at Georgia Southern, where she experienced her first 20-plus win season while with the GSU Eagles. Lamonte also coached at the prep level coaching basketball, softball and cross country at Lexington City Schools for three years including being named coach of the year in 2004.
Academics have always been important to Lamonte as indicated by her resume. Belmont women's basketball ranked 18th nationally with a 3.4 GPA; she was on a Wolfpack staff that had four Academic All-America performers at N.C. State; and three of her Western Carolina squads earned Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Academic Top-25 teams.
Lamonte is no stranger to the city of Winston-Salem as she grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and she stayed local as a two sport student-athlete at Winston-Salem State University. She is in the NCAA softball history book in five different categories and led the nation in stolen bases during her junior season with the Rams. The sports management major graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in 1999. Lamonte obtained a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern in 2003.
Lamonte is married to Donald Lamonte and is the mother of three girls: Tyler, Kamry and Kadence.