Brenda Keene joined the women's basketball program in August, as the coordinator of basketball operations for the women's basketball team.
With the Redbirds, Keene handles administrative duties,coordinates team travel arrangements and serves as the equipment liason.
Keene is no stranger to college athletics, working in the field for over 25 years. She has most recently worked as the Coordinator of Merchandise at the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation for the past two years. With the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation, Keene assisted in the set up and inventory of promotional apparel and promoted and sold Nike merchandise that focused on raising money for the cancer fund. She also assisted in fund raising activities.
Before working with the cancer fund, Keene worked at NC State as the Senior Director for Athletic Equipment for 28 years. Working with the Wolfpack, Keene had responsibilities that branched into operations, equipment, inventory, facilities and compliance, while directly working with the women's basketball team under legendary head coach Kay Yow during Yow's tenure at NC State. Keene also traveled with the women's basketball team and had administrative duties specific to the women's basketball program.
Her other responsibilities included coordinating the set-up and maintenance of equipment budgets, while coordinating and overseeing the Weisiger-Brown, Reynolds Coliseum, Dail Basketball and Dail Baseball/Tennis equipment rooms and their personnel. Keene was also responsible for all game and practice activities, including proper set-up of team locker rooms, while providing pre- and post-game needs as stipulated by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and NC State policies. She also supervised data entry, maintenance of records and generation of mandatory reports, while overseeing the equipment needs for 21 teams except for football at NC State, while working with the facilities staff to set up for practices.
While working at NC State, Keene also volunteered for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Final Four Convention for 22 years (1987-2009). Through her volunteer efforts and work at NC State, Keene was the recipient of the ACC Women's Basketball Distinguished Service Award and the NC State Employee of the Year Award for the athletic department.