Yolanda Wells-Broughton is entering her third year with the TCU women's basketball program as an assistant coach. Appointed to her post June 10, 2004, by coach Jeff Mittie, Wells-Broughton serves as an on-the-floor coach working primarily with the post players. She also is heavily involved in advance scouting and film exchange and editing. Since her arrival, the Lady Frogs have combined for a 42-22 record (.656 winning percentage) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season.
Wells-Broughton helped coach Michael Landers and the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals win their fifth National Junior College Athletic Association championship in 2004. The Athens, Texas, based team posted a perfect 36-0 record, went 18-0 in conference play and led the nation in scoring with 101.7 points per game. Wells-Broughton helped cultivate five first-team all-conference players, two of whom were also tabbed first-team All-Americans.
The Lady Cardinals put up some impressive numbers when Wells-Broughton joined the staff in July 2000. The team went 126-8 (.940) during that span and saw 19 of its players sign National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I institutions. Trinity Valley also owned a 50-game conference winning streak and a 78-game regular-season winning streak when Wells-Broughton left the school.
A native of Houston, Wells-Broughton was more than an assistant coach during her tenure at Trinity Valley. She served as a kinesiology instructor and a dormitory director as well.
Before coming aboard with Trinity Valley, Wells-Broughton was the head coach for Paul Quinn College in Dallas during the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons. She was responsible for all phases of coaching for the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association school, from budgeting and scheduling to fund raising and community outreach. Additionally, she was an academic coordinator during her two years with the college.
"Yolanda has demonstrated that she can be a top-notch recruiter at the Division I level," Mittie said. "She was a huge part of Trinity Valley's national championship success. Yolanda has the experience necessary to help our staff excel at a higher level."
Wells-Broughton earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Grambling State (Grambling, La.) in 1995 and was awarded a Master of Science in sports administration from GSU in 1997. After playing for the Lady Tigers from 1993 to 1995, she became a graduate assistant coach with the program while earning her master's degree. Wells-Broughton was a graduate assistant coach for the women's golf team during that time as well.
As a player at Howard Junior College (Big Spring, Texas) from 1990 to 1992, Wells-Broughton was named a Kodak All-American. After receiving her associate's degree from the school, she became an all-conference player for Grambling State. Wells-Broughton helped GSU earn its first NCAA Tournament bid in 1994 when the field was expanded from 48 to 64 teams.
Her husband Vernon Broughton is no stranger to athletics. He played in the Arena Football League for five seasons as an offensive and defensive lineman with the now defunct Iowa Barnstormers and the Chicago Rush. While with the Barnstormers, Broughton was a teammate of NFL quarterback and 1999 league MVP Kurt Warner.
Wells-Broughton and her husband were married in February 2001. The couple has son, Vernon Jr., and a toddler daughter, Asia.