Stewart, Hobbs join Auburn women’s basketball staff

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn women’s basketball head coach Johnnie Harris has announced two more additions to her support staff for the 2021-22 season.

Alex Stewart has joined the Tigers as Director of Basketball Operations, and former Tiger Reneisha Hobbs will remain on staff as Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

“Alex brings experience and organization to our program,” Harris said. “Director of operations is one of the most important positions on a staff. She will keep our program running on schedule and in a first-class manner.

“Reneisha’s knowledge, energy and passion for Auburn women’s basketball as well as for Auburn University is invaluable. She is a proud alumna, and we are blessed to have her on our staff.”

Stewart comes to The Plains after spending the 2020-21 season as assistant coach at Colgate. She has 13 seasons of coaching experience with nine of those years in the Division I ranks.

“I am extremely grateful to be joining Coach Harris and her staff,” Stewart said. “I believe wholeheartedly in her vision for this program, and I look forward to assisting in rebuilding this program to an SEC championship level.”

Stewart was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern from 2015-19. She also had coaching stops at Toledo (2012-16) and Jacksonville (2011-12), in addition to brief tenures at Division II North Greenville (2019-20) and Division III Agnes Scott (2006-08). She was head coach at Agnes Scott for the 2007-08 season.

She was also part of the staff at Georgia Tech, her alma mater, from 2008-11, serving as director of operations for two years and an academic coach for one season.

As a student-athlete from 1999-2004, Stewart was an All-ACC Third-Team selection as a junior. She excelled in assists and free throws, finishing her collegiate career third all-time in the ACC in both categories. She also recorded the second triple-double in Georgia Tech history with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists against Charleston Southern on Jan. 30, 2001 – the first in ACC history for a player coming off the bench.

She played professionally for one season in Keflavik, Iceland, helping her team win the Icelandic Championship and earning tournament MVP honors.

A native of Norcross, Ga., Stewart earned her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Georgia Tech in 2004.

Hobbs has been part of the Auburn staff since 2019 as special assistant to the head coach. A 2011 Auburn graduate, she played in 58 games for the Tigers in the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons, then served as a student assistant coach as a senior in 2010. She was also selected to the SEC Community Service Team.

“I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to join Coach J and her amazing staff,” Hobbs said. “I want to thank Coach J, Monique Holland, and the athletic administration for allowing me to stay at my alma mater, which I love so much. Coach J is well-respected in this business, and her pedigree speaks for itself. She is dedicated and committed to serving our student-athletes to ensure they develop into sharp young women when preparing for life after college. She has put together a phenomenal staff, and I am certain they all have what it takes to get Auburn women’s basketball back on the map. Coach J is a proven winner that exhibits a winning mentality, and I am forever grateful to be part of something special. Let’s Go To Work – War Eagle!”

She returned to her alma mater after spending three years at Alabama State as an academic advisor and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor. Prior to that, she spent four years as a clinical lead supervisor at Alabama Mentor, which specialized in providing therapeutic foster care services to youth with emotional, behavioral and other complex challenges.

A native of Huntsville, Hobbs graduated from Auburn in 2011 with a degree in social work. She completed her master’s degree in 2017 from Strayer University in human resource management with a concentration in organizational leadership.