Head Basketball Coach
Kaye Waldrep “Coach Kaye” comes to Converse after spending four seasons as the assistant basketball coach for the College of Charleston women's basketball program. Prior to joining the Cougars, she was an assistant coach at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia for five years.
Waldrep played an integral role for the Cougars during the 2009-2010 season, as they posted a 21-12 record and advanced to the East Region Final of the Women's Basketball Invitational. Prior to that, the team posted 23 wins in the 2008-2009 season while appearing in the championship game of the Southern Conference Tournament.
Waldrep played basketball at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia from 1997-2001. After graduating from Berry College, Waldrep served as the assistant coach at her alma mater from 2001-2003. During her tenure, the team received an at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
In 2003, Waldrep accepted the assistant coaching position at Augusta State while also pursuing her master’s degree. The Lady Jags went 24-8 in 2003 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite 8. That same year, the Lady Jags won the South Atlantic Region Championship and received a 10th place ranking in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II top 25 national poll. In 2004 the Lady Jags were crowned South Atlantic Region Champions. In 2008, Augusta State earned a share of the Peach Belt regular season title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Kaye has also been renowned for her contributions to student-athlete academic success during her time at both College of Charleston and Augusta State. In addition to her coaching and recruiting duties for the Cougars, Waldrep served as the women’s basketball staff liaison with academic services and coordinated community service projects for the team. While at Augusta State, Waldrep implemented an academic monitoring program for the women's basketball team that saw dramatic improvement in the team grade point average. She also collaborated with various departments to organize freshman and transfer orientation for student-athletes.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Kelsi Pack, a native of Mandeville, LA, is going into her first season as assistant coach under the leadership of head coach, Kaye Waldrep. Pack graduated from Wofford College in 2008 with a degree in Biology and a concentration in Secondary Education. She played basketball throughout her college career, and holds numerous records including a 300 point season in 2006-2007 that earned her preseason All-Conference slot. Pack began her coaching career as an assistant at Chapman High School in 2008 and was soon after promoted to head. At the helm of the girls basketball program, she led Chapman to three playoff appearances in her four year tenure, including one collegiate athlete signee. Pack and her husband, Will, are proud foster and foreign exchange parents and currently live in the Spartanburg area.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Temple Elmore spent last season at the helm of Jeddah United of Saudi Arabia. Prior to her overseas coaching, Elmore spent five seasons next to Coach Kaye as the Associate Head Coach at the College of Charleston. Elmore, a native of Laurens ,SC, came to the College of Charleston after serving two seasons at Birmingham Southern as an assistant. Primarily working with post players, she aided in recruiting efforts, scouting reports and directed Birmingham Southern’s strength and conditioning program. Elmore and Waldrep have developed strong chemistry from previous years, beginning in 1998 and progressing through 2000 when Waldrep had the privilege of playing for Elmore at her alma mater, Berry College. As a student –athlete at the College of Charleston, she was named NAIA First Team All-American and First Team Kodak All-American. A former All-District member from 1983-85, Elmore still ranks sixth all-time in career points with 1,599 and is a member of the 35-point club, scoring 35 against Claflin University in 1983. During her junior season, she led the Cougars in scoring, rebounding, field goal and free throw percentage. Elmore played her prep ball at Laurens High School where she was a two-time All-State MVP and three-time All-Region selection. Today, Elmore is honored as a member of the College of Charleston’s Basketball Hall of Fame and has played internationally in 12 countries.