Aston adds McPherson, Stephens and Recoulley to Women's Basketball staff
June 8, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Women’s Basketball head coach Karen Aston announced Friday the hiring of three new members to her Longhorns staff effective immediately.
Joining the UT Women’s Basketball program are strength and conditioning assistant coach Shaun McPherson, special assistant Stacy Stephens and video coordinator Mark Recoulley.
McPherson comes to Texas after spending the past two seasons as an assistant sports performance coach for the football and track and field programs at Kansas. Prior to his stint with the Jayhawks, McPherson spent 10 years as the strength and conditioning coach at Baylor where he oversaw the efforts for 15 Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament championship teams in four sports, including the 2005 NCAA Champion women’s basketball team.
Throughout his seven-year stint at Baylor, McPherson was directly responsible for the Lady Bears basketball program where he designed and implemented the speed, strength, agility, flexibility and nutritional programs. He was named the Director of Strength and Conditioning for women’s basketball at Baylor in 2007 and served in that capacity until his departure. McPherson - who holds memberships and certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), United State Weight Lifting Association (Level One Club Coach Certification) and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association - will report to Basketball Strength Coach Todd Wright in his appointment at Texas.
“Shaun has a wealth of Big 12 Conference experience, in particular with women’s athletic teams,” Aston said. “I expect to see significant change in our players when I see them again this fall. Shaun shares my passion for excellence and hard work, and he has a drive that I know will carry over to the court with our team.”
Stephens, a former Texas All-America standout, rejoins the Women’s Basketball family as special assistant. In this capacity, Stephens will coordinate various day-to-day operations of the Longhorn program, assist with year-round recruiting efforts and oversee alumni relations. She will also work with the Frank Erwin Center staff in matters of scheduling, oversight of team areas in Cooley Pavilion and various summer camp duties.
Following her four-year career on the Forty Acres, Stephens spent five years playing professionally. In 2007, she was named an assistant coach at Fort Worth Christian High School and later joined joined the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Cisco College for the 2009-10 season. After one year in Cisco, Stephens served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Texas College for two seasons and was also a Student Activities Coordinator for the Texas College student body during the 2011-12 academic year.
“Stacy is someone I don’t have to remind too many people of at Texas,” Aston said. “I am thrilled to bring yet another former player back into the fold that understands our culture. Stacy will be a valuable asset in helping us bridge the gap with the community and our Exes. Like any Texas Ex, she bleeds burnt orange and this will help us instill the Texas values into our student-athletes.”
Recoulley spent last season as a graduate assistant with the Women’s Basketball program. In his new role, Recoulley’s duties include oversight of video exchange and the breakdown of opponent and individual video scouting. Recoulley earned his B.S. in broadcast journalism and economics from the University of Miami in 2003. While in Coral Gables, he was a three-year student manager for the men’s basketball program and helped organize the team’s film exchange program. Following graduation, Recoulley worked in various television markets across the U.S. in filming, editing and production capacities. He most recently spent the previous six years in the financial market with Edward Jones Investments before beginning graduate school at Texas in 2011.
“Mark made a huge impression on myself and the staff in our first few weeks here at Texas,” Aston said. “His background in equipment management, and in particular, video coordinating, gave us a leg up when we arrived. He is very passionate about his work and prideful, which are two qualities we found very important when building our staff.”