Daynia La-force has been coaching women’s basketball for more than 20 years; currently she oversees the Rhode Island Rams.
She previously held coaching roles for both Division II University of New Haven and St John’s, as well as Division I Long Island University Brooklyn.
Daynia La-Force made the transition from playing basketball to coaching successfully after her playing career was complete. She is an active member of both the National Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Black Coaches Association and obtained her master’s degree in school psychology from Long Island University in 2000. Additionally, she currently serves as an assistant coach with Atlanta Dream of WNBA.
Coach Hassel has also served as head coach at Northeastern and New Haven; during her time as Northeastern head coach she helped turn around a struggling program into one that competed successfully within the CAA.
After she lost in the opening round of A10 tournament, however, her contract was terminated by the university and a national search will commence for a replacement coach immediately.
Achievement and Honors
Daynia La-Force has transformed Northeastern’s program over eight seasons into one of the strongest competitors in the Colonial Athletic Association. She led them to 17 victories that year – their highest total ever since joining. As a result, she was recognized with CAA Coach of the Year honors following that season.
She has led her teams to academic excellence, maintaining team GPAs of 3.0 or greater and coaching 10 All-CAA performers including Jewel Tunstull.
She is the mother of NBA player Terance Mann and Rhode Island guard Charise Wilson who is on track to surpass 1,998 career points this season. La-Force first coached Wilson at Northeastern before taking over coaching duties at Rhode Island in 2014. Under La-Force’s watch, Rhode Island has won two consecutive Atlantic 10 games!
Daynia La-Force is not only a coach; she is also a valued contributor to her community. She co-founded Mothers Against Racism and currently serves as its president; additionally she works on the Girl Scouts Southern New England board and belongs to Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
She has mentored 10 All-CAA performers, with Jewell Tunstull being Northeastern’s first player ever to achieve both First Team All-CAA and All-Defensive Team recognition. Additionally, she boasts experience against Atlantic 10 competition with an overall 9-5 record in her coaching career.
La-Force has been serving as head coach at Rhode Island since May 2014 and played college basketball at Georgetown. Married and the mother of two sons named Terrance and Martin, La-Force holds her master’s degree in school psychology from LIU Brooklyn.
Daynia La-Force is an accomplished basketball coach who commands an attractive annual salary. Additionally, she owns BentForce Basketball Training Academy which caters specifically to basketball players.
She is married to Eddie Benton Jr, a former basketball player. The couple has one child together named Terance Mann who now plays professional basketball for Los Angeles Clippers of NBA.
Mann was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He spent most of his time growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts with Daynia La-Force coaching the women’s basketball team at Rhode Island while his father Eustace Mann was an experienced soccer player from Saint Lucia.
La-Force left her position as head coach of URI women’s basketball in 2021 to focus on Terance Mann’s professional basketball career and now serves as an assistant coach with Atlanta Dream in the WNBA.