Changes coming to Mercer basketball staffs

Both of Mercer's basketball teams are seeing some changes to their coaching staffs.

Jake Nelp and Spencer Wright have left Bob Hoffman’s men's staff. Nelp’s wife, Angie, was hired by Rice as an assistant coach, and Wright has moved to the Florida International program. Wright played for Hoffman and worked for him as an assistant for 13 seasons.

Hoffman said he is waiting for background checks to go through before officially announcing their replacements.

Women's head coach Susie Gardner has added two assistant coaches and a director of basketball operations in the past week. Ben Wierzba, who was at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville last year, and Tiffany Morton, who was at Wagner last year, are the new assistant coaches, while Seth Ralston is the new director of basketball operations.