What to do when some of your best players leave the program and you have one of the best recruiting classes in program history on the way?
What to do when a trusted assistant coach looks for greener pastures?
What to do when you need more height???
We have yet to see what Tim Miles does, but Connie Yori is well on her way to making up for offseason losses and addressing team deficiencies. She signed what was [at one time] a top-10 recruiting class. A key defection (Lanie Page) has taken some of the luster off, but even with Page's defection, (she followed sister Kaylee who left the Husker program as a freshman for K-State), Yori has tied up some top recruits.
Coach Yori also had to recruit a new assistant coach after the departure of Shimmy Gray-Miller who left to become the assistant coach at the University of Florida after three years in the Husker program. SG-M's replacement was announced by UNL on April 21 as Britney Brown.
A standout guard at Oklahoma from 2004 to 2007, Brown spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Tulsa before joining the Nebraska program. In Brown's 10 seasons in college basketball, she has been a part of seven NCAA Tournament teams, including three teams that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. She was also on the staff of Oklahoma's 2009 NCAA Women's Final Four team.
"We're excited to add Britney to our program," Yori said. "Britney is a talented young coach who has been influenced by a pair of outstanding head coaches in Sherri Coale at Oklahoma and Matilda Mossman at Tulsa. Britney has earned a strong reputation as a coach and recruiter, and we think she is a terrific fit for our program."
In her first season at Tulsa in 2011-12, Brown helped the Hurricane to an eight-game improvement in the win column and their best Conference USA finish (6th, 8-8) since 2005-06. A year later, Brown played a key role in helping the Hurricane capture the 2013 Conference USA Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Tulsa finished with 17 wins, a four-game improvement over the previous season.
Husker recruiting has been on an uptick. Yori is known for recruiting talent over height, but this year's class seems to include both. No one in the known incoming class is under 6 feet as they range from 6'0" to 6'4". My own (unscientific and completely guess-tamatic) stab at a starting lineup for next season includes only one Husker women's player under 6 feet.
Ranchbabe's prediction for Husker women's BB starting lineup in 2015-16:
Rachel Theriot (duh!) - Guard 6'0" (senior)
Chandler Smith - Guard 6'0" (sophomore)
Natalie Romeo - Guard 5'7" (sophomore)
Allie Havers - Center/Forward 6'5" (junior)
Jess Shepard - Forward 6'4" (freshman)
Coach Brown, at first glance, appears to be a great addition to the Husker staff. Her youth, combined with her recent experience in women's basketball is sure to resonate with recruits and current players alike.
Welcome to Husker Nation Coach Brown!