STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Wagner College has hired their next women’s basketball head coach, in Heather Jacobs.
Jacobs was recently at Adelphi University as the head coach of the women’s basketball team, spending six seasons as the coach of the Panthers. We caught up with the newest coach of the Seahawks shortly after the announcement.
Learn some about Coach Jacobs’s coaching philosophy, her main goals for Wagner women’s basketball, what she looks for in a recruit, and more.
Pat Riley once said, “To have long term success as a coach, or in any position in leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.”
One coach in particular who is obsessed in his role, both as a coach and a motivator, to grow his players on and off the court is Abilene Christian Wildcats men’s basketball Associate Head Coach Brette Tanner.
Coach Tanner is currently entering his fourth season at Abilene Christian University on Joe Golding‘s staff. The Wildcats finished he 2015-16 season with a 13-18 record overall, and 8-10 in Southland Conference play. The team also put together an impressive record inside Moody Coliseum, going 10-4 on their home floor.
The late John Wooden once said, “a coach must never forget that he is a leader, and not merely a person with authority.”
Wooden’s words hold true for LaGuardia Community College women’s basketball head coach Anthony Alfaro. At the junior college level, there is a focus on the student-athletes to not only achieve on the basketball court, but in the classroom as well.
The LaGuardia Community College Red Hawks finished the season with a record of 23-8 overall, going 13-3 at home, 9-3 on the road, and 1-2 on neutral courts.
LaGuardia had five players average double-digit points a game, with freshman guard Briana Johnson leading the way with 15.5 points per game. Kailyn Richburg (13.9 points), Marika Gordon (12.0 points), Lexis Valentin (10.6 points), and Sarah Edwards (10.5 points) were the others.
The Red Hawks outscored their opponents by a margin of 15.4 points per game while connecting on 142 made three pointers this season.
We caught up with Head Coach Anthony Alfaro to get know the women’s basketball program at LaGuardia Community College. Coach Alfaro takes a look back at the 2015-16 season and talks about how he got into coaching basketball, where the women’s basketball program is headed, and some of the biggest lessons he teaches his players both on and off the court.