Valerie Nainima

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Providence College


2023 – President: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Providence College

2021 – 2023: Assistant Coach, University of Michigan

2017 – 2021: Assistant Coach, Fordham University

2015 – 2017: Video Coordinator, Fordham University

2011 – 2014: Professional Player, Various Overseas Teams

2008 – 2011: Player, University of South Carolina

2006 – 2008: Player, Long Island University Brooklyn


2011: University of South Carolina, Bachelors, Business Administration


Hometown: Rakiraki, Fiji

Career Highlights

In 2023-24 (first season), helped lead Providence to the program’s first post-season berth in five seasons

From 2021 to 2023, helped lead Michigan to a 48-17 (.738) overall and 24-11 (.686) Big Ten Conference record, as well as two NCAA Tournament berths (one Elite 8 appearance – first in program history)

In 2021-22 (first season), assisted Michigan to the second-most single-season wins (25) and most Big Ten wins (t-13) in program history

From 2015 to 2021, helped lead Fordham to an 118-65 (.645) overall and 63-27 (.700) Atlantic 10 Conference record, five winning seasons, four 21+ win seasons, one Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championship, and three postseason appearances (one NCAA Tournament)

In 2018-19, assisted Fordham to the most single-season wins (t-25) in program history and conference wins (13) in program history

Fordham’s scoring defense finished nationally ranked 13th in 2019-20 and 9th in 2018-19

As a Division I Assistant Coach, has recruited and coached 17 All-Conference Team selections, as well as two Players of the Year, one Defensive Player of the Year, one Rookie of the Year, and the 15th overall selection in the 2022 WNBA draft

Played for the Fiji Women’s National Basketball Team for over 15 years

An 2009-10 SEC All-Conference Team selection at South Carolina after finishing that season as the SEC’s fifth leading scorer

The first player in Northeast Conference (NEC) history to earn Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season after finishing as the nation’s freshman leading-scorer (17.3 ppg) at LIU