Artina J. Trader enters her tenth season as head coach of the Battling Bishop women's basketball program. A 1999 Wesleyan graduate and four-year letterwinner for the Bishops, Trader succeeded her former coach John Brackett in the fall of 2009 and is just the third head coach to lead the program in the past 40 years.
Prior to returning to her alma mater, Trader spent five seasons as the head women's basketball coach and Senior Woman Administrator at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania. While there, she helped turn the program in the right direction, leading the Tomcats to two Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal appearances.
Her Thiel tenure also saw two players eclipse the 1,000 career point plateau, as well one player garner recognition as a pre-season All-American. Additionally, Trader produced three All-Great Lake Region picks, seven All-PAC selections, and several Conference Players of the Week. In the classroom, the Tomcats had 17 student-athletes garner recognition on the Dean’s List, five of which were named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll with a 3.6 GPA or higher.
Since returning to Wesleyan, Trader has been hard at work building the women's basketball program into a legitimate contender in the USA South. The 2011-2012 season saw her Bishops post a 12-12 overall record and a 9-9 league mark. She followed up with a 13-win season in 2012-2013, which included 11 conference victories and a semifinal appearance in the conference tournament. In 2013-2014, Trader graduated her first four-year recruiting class, led by 1,000-point scorer Tiffany Bell who became the second Bishop to achieve the feat during her tenure. Most recently from 2016-2018, Trader's Bishops posted back-to-back 13-win campaigns behind the play of two-time All-Conference performer KeChae Parker.
Overall, Trader's Wesleyan tenure has produced 11 All-Conference selections, 29 Academic All-Conference performers, an Algernon-Sydney Sullivan award recipient (Desiree' Driver), and a two-time NCWC Female Student-Athlete of the Year (Samantha Urquhart). Additionally, she has guided one player to USA South Rookie of the Year accolades (Kenyata Harris), while the respective senior campaigns of Bell and Timyra Staton saw them selected as NCWC's Female Athlete of the Year.
During her collegiate career at Wesleyan, the Annapolis, Maryland native helped lead the Bishops to the 1999 Dixie Conference Tournament Championship (currently the USA South Athletic Conference) and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. A three-year starter at point guard and a two-time team captain, Trader led the league in assists her final two seasons and graduated holding program records for most assists in a game (14), most free-throws made in a season (125), and most free throws attempted in a season (175).
Upon graduation from NCWC, Trader began the first of two stints as an assistant coach at Allegheny College: the first from 1999 until 2002 and again during the 2003-04 season. In 2001, she helped guide Allegheny to its first regular season North Coast Athletic Conference title since 1989, and in 2004, the Gators made their first appearance in the NCAC championship game in 15 years. Thanks to a strong recruiting effort, Allegheny had a 46-18 record in conference play from 2000 to 2004 and had 12 players selected to the All-NCAC team. In 2003, the conference coaches recognized recruiting efforts of the staff with the program’s first NCAC Newcomer of the Year honor.
Before her second stint as an assistant at Allegheny, Trader was an assistant coach at John Carroll University during the 2002-2003 season. While at JCU, she served as head junior varsity coach and recruiting coordinator for the Blue Streaks.
In addition to her coaching duties, Trader serves as Director of Indoor Facilities. She resides in Rocky Mount.