May 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – John Nakpodia was announced as Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of the District of Columbia by Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas on May 10th, 2017. Nakpodia, an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and Video Coordinator at UDC since October 2015, replaces Juan Dixon, who was announced the new Head Men's Basketball Coach at Coppin State University.
"John has demonstrated a highly positive attitude towards work, a strong sense of integrity, and discipline. He communicates extremely well and is a proven recruiter. When I spoke with him about this position, he convinced me of his commitment to academics and compliance," Thomas said. "In addition, he brings continuity to our program and strong ties to the Washington, DC community."
A Washington, DC native out of St. John's College HS in Northwest DC, Nakpodia played a pivotal role his first year in helping then head coach DeWayne Burroughs steer the Firebirds to an East Coast Conference Championship Tournament Semifinals appearance, a 21-9 overall record, and a 15-5 East Coast Conference mark in 2015-16. The Firebirds boasted two All-ECC performers that season in First Team guard Tajruba Baldwin-Kollore and Third Team guard/forward Iman Scott.