George Mason women's basketball coach Nyla Milleson has completed her staff for the upcoming season with the additions of Bob Dunn, assistant coach, and NiJay Gaines, who joins the Patriots as a graduate manager.
“We are very excited about the additions of Bob and NiJay to our staff,” said Milleson. “Bob has mentored under some of the best coaches in the business and brings a tireless work ethic to our program. He will make an immediate positive impact on our team.
“NiJay played for me at Missouri State so she understands my daily expectations for our team, added Milleson. “She has great energy and will be able to handle many day to day aspects of our program while obtaining her Master¹s degree from Mason.”
Dunn comes to Mason after a two-year stint at Wagner College as an assistant coach and spending the previous two seasons serving as video coordinator at the University of Kentucky.
In 2013-2014, the Wildcats compiled a 26-9 record en route to an appearance in the NCAA "Sweet 16", which came on the heels of a 2012-2013 campaign where Dunn contributed to a UK team that went 30-6 and reached the NCAA Tournament's “Elite 8.”
Prior to his two years in Lexington, Dunn served two years as a graduate assistant at Dayton, his alma mater, where he spent one season under Brian Gregory and one working for Archie Miller, who led the Flyers to the NCAA Elite Eight. With Dunn on staff, Dayton won 22 and 20 games in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, respectively, reaching the NIT in both seasons.
From 2006-2010, Dunn served as a student assistant at Dayton where he received a B.S. in accounting in 2010. While working as a graduate assistant with the Flyers, Dunn earned an MBA, which he was awarded in 2011. Dunn is a 2006 graduate of St. Ignatius High School in his native Cleveland, OH.
Gaines was originally recruited and played one season under coach Milleson at Missouri State. She finished her four-year career for the Lady Bears and graduated this past spring.
The Des Moines, Iowa native averaged 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds her senior season for the Lady Bears, who finished the 2014-15 campaign with an 18-15 overall record and 13-5 mark in MVC. Missouri State advanced to the MVC Tournament championship game and earned an at-large bid to the WNIT.