DeKALB, IL-- Carol Hammerle named former Northern Illinois standout forward Charmonique Stallworth as an assistant women's basketball coach and promoted Rhonda Dart while Brian Hammel named Andre Peavy as an assistant men's coach.
Stallworth ranks tenth in NIU history with 1,415 career points, including a stellar 1995-96 campaign in which she topped the 25-point mark nine times while leading the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in scoring with a 23.1 ppg. average--the third-best single-season rate in Northern Illinois history.
"After having seen Charmo play and then having her talk to our team (before a game versus Ball State University) last year, I think she'll be a great fit for our program. She was the first person I thought of when the position came open," Hammerle explained. "She graduated from Northern Illinois and was an outstanding athlete. The fans loved her, and I think she will be a tremendous role model for our athletes."
Stallworth will work with assistant coach Emily Bauer to tutor the Huskie post players.
"(Coach Hammerle) has a great abundance of talent that needs to be explored, and I feel my role will be to help them reach their full potential," Stallworth said. "I do have experience in achieving those goals that they want to achieve, and want to help them reach those goals.
"I feel I can bring my knowledge and experience as a Huskie to try to bring back those positive memories that were once part of my playing experience," Stallworth said. "I want the current players to experience all the successful tournament runs that I did. That was a great experience that any Division I player should go through at some point."
The 25-year-old Stallworth returns to the game of basketball after a three-year absence. She has worked for the past year as an employment consultant with Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, developing vocational strategies and working with businesses to develop and maintain employer-agency relationships. She also spent a year as a classroom instructor working with hearing-impaired students for the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in her home state. Stallworth received her bachelor of science degree in deafness rehabilitation counseling from NIU in 2000.
In addition, Hammerle announced the promotion of Rhonda Dart to the role of second assistant. Dart had served as third assistant for the past two seasons at NIU.
In men's basketball, Brian Hammel bolstered his program's presence in the Chicago area with the addition of Andre Peavy as an assistant coach. Peavy joins the Huskies after spending the past three years at Chicago's Harlan Community Academy. He fills the spot vacated by former associate head coach Benjy Taylor, who left Northern Illinois for an assistant position at Pepperdine University.
"I want to get Northern Illinois' name out in the city," Peavy said. "We can recruit some of the top players in the city, it's just a matter of getting Northern Illinois out there and being were the players are at. Once we get our name out there and start getting some of the top players here, we'll fare well."
In addition to his coaching duties at Harlan---where he was also a physical education teacher---Peavy has been at fixture at many summer camps. The past three years he worked with the Five-Star Camp in Honesdale, PA, and the Don Meyer Coaches Camp at Northern State University. He also spent six years with Doug Collins' Coaches Clinic at College of DuPage and five years with the Nike Clinic in Chicago where he coached alongside Pete Gillen, Jerry Tarkanian and Pat Summit.
--From NIU Sports Information