RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) –WFXR Sports Director Jermaine Ferrell catches up with former Radford Highlanders women’s basketball player Jayda Worthy. Currently, Worthy is back with the Highlanders as an assistant coach. Worthy comes to Radford from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., where she served as a graduate assistant since August 2018. Worthy has assisted in various recruiting efforts, scouting opponents, coordinated team travel, served as the academic liaison, and led all player development for the post players.
“First, I want to thank Coach McGuire for this opportunity,” said Worthy. “He believed in me once as a player and now as a coach, I am truly grateful. I am so excited to be given the opportunity to come back and invest in the program that has taught me and supported me in my life. Radford is home. So excited for this next chapter and ready to get started! Go Highlanders!”
As a student-athlete under the direction of Coach McGuire from 2014-18, Worthy accrued accolades like 2018 Defensive Player of the Year, First and Second Team All-Big South honors, Big South All-Freshman selection, VaSID All-State, and most recently named to the 2010-19 Big South Conference Women’s Basketball All-Decade Team. She aided Radford to a Big South Regular Season Championship in 2016-17 season, several WNIT appearances, in addition to being team captain back-to-back seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
She is in the program’s record books a total of 17 times. Worthy is ranked in the top-10 across the single-season and career records, while holding the year-by-year title for points in 2017-18 as well as assists in 2015-16.
“I’m thrilled to welcome back Jayda as our new assistant coach,” said McGuire. “Jayda has always been special to me as she was a part of my first recruiting class. The impact and legacy she created as a student-athlete has been pivotal in our growth as a program over the last six years. Jayda loves Radford and our women’s basketball program. I’m excited for our current student-athletes to learn from her and what it took to become a champion at Radford. After coaching her, I knew Jayda would be an exceptional coach. As a player, she had tremendous basketball knowledge and valued preparation for each opponent. She will be an awesome example and mentor for our student-athletes. I’m also looking forward to helping Jayda grow as a college coach. She has amazing potential and it will be privilege to work alongside her. I know Radford fans and alumni will be excited to see Jayda back on our sideline.”
During her time in Radford, she was very involved in the community serving as a volunteer with the Special Olympics, Micha’s Backpack, Our Daily Bread and numerous basketball camps.
Worthy graduated from Radford University in May 2018 with a bachelor’s of science in criminal justice and minor in sociology. Most recently, she obtained her master of education in higher education leadership in May 2020.