Panthers News · Parkview Grad Named Head Womens Basketball Coach at Samford University


Carley Kuhns’ rise in the women’s college basketball coaching ranks is now at the NCAA Division I level.

The Parkview grad has been named the head women’s basketball coach at Samford University (Ala.), where she replaces longtime head coach Mike Morris. Morris led the program for 17 seasons.

Kuhns, whose maiden name at Parkview was Peterson, was the head women’s coach at Valdosta State the past three seasons. She had a 66-29 record with the Blazers and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament twice.

 Her 2018-19 team was 21-10, reaching the 20-win mark for the third straight season. Her 2016-17 team won the Blazers’ first Gulf South Conference Tournament since 1984, earning her conference coach of the year honors.

“I am thrilled and excited for this next chapter in my career and incredibly grateful to President (Andrew) Westmoreland and athletic director Mr. (Martin) Newton for this opportunity to lead Samford women’s basketball,” Kuhns said. “After being on campus and meeting a lot of people here, I knew instantly this was somewhere I could see myself coaching. Samford is a special place and offers a unique opportunity for student-athletes to excel in every facet of life.

“My staff and I will work hard to help our student-athletes become the best people, students and athletes they can be during their time here, and to help prepare them for life after graduating from Samford. I would also like to thank Valdosta State University for three amazing years. It’s been an honor and a privilege to coach at my alma mater and VSU will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Kuhns scored 1,133 career points as a player at Valdosta State, where she was inducted into the hall of fame in 2015. The two-time, first-team All-Gulf South selection’s 262 career 3-pointers set a school record.

She began her coaching career as a VSU graduate assistant for two seasons, then spent six years as an assistant coach at Belmont.

“Replacing someone like Mike Morris is never easy, but he did provide us with a blueprint of what we were looking for in our next head women’s basketball coach,” Newton said in a school release. “We wanted someone that understands and promotes the Christian mission of our university. Someone who has a proven track record for academic success, who cares deeply about developing the whole student-athlete both on and off the court, and someone that wanted to establish roots on our beautiful campus and in the city of Homewood. We found the perfect candidate to fit those criteria in Carley Kuhns.

“Everyone we talked to about Carley had nothing but glowing recommendations about her character, competitive yet compassionate demeanor and her ability to recruit and coach at the highest level. We’re excited about adding Carley, her husband Matt, and their three daughters, Carsten, Kyler and Cohen, to our Samford family and look forward to the next chapter of Samford women’s basketball.”