ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – After five seasons with Georgia College women’s basketball, including this past year as graduate assistant coach, former Bobcat Sydney Cleveland (2019) will join the full-time coaching ranks as women’s basketball assistant coach at Flagler College.
“I have greatly appreciated having Sydney on staff for this past year,” said GC head coach Ross Jolly. “She had an awesome playing career at Georgia College, and I know she will continue to do great things in her role as a coach. We are looking forward to seeing her progression and wishing her the best of luck.”
Cleveland joins the staff at Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rival Flagler under the guidance of her former GC head coach in Maurice Smith.
“There are not enough words to describe the last five years I have spent in Milledgeville as a student-athlete and graduate assistant,” said Cleveland. “I am grateful for all the relationships I’ve made and all the opportunities GC has given me to grow as a student, professional and person.”
“It was a pleasure working with Ross Jolly and Jordan Kyles this past year and I look forward to watching them build their program. I’d also like to say a big thank you to [Director of Athletics] Wendell Staton and [Associate Athletic Director] Jimmy Wilson for all their support and encouragement throughout the years. GC will always have a special place in my heart, and I will take everything I have learned and apply it in all my future endeavors.”
Cleveland, originally from Gainesville, Georgia, was the Bobcats' leading scorer in the 2018-19 season with 334 total points. She was named to the Peach Belt All-Academic Team in each of her final three seasons, and ranks fifth in Georgia College history in career three-point field goals made (157) and in free-throw percentage (77.9).