Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

Women's Basketball Inks Local Prospect

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced that Elena Holguin, a shooting guard from Mayfield High School in Las Cruces signed a National Letter of Intent this week to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2011.

A prolific shooting guard, Holguin was a key component of Mayfield's 2011 Class 5A state championship title in New Mexico this season. She averaged 26.3 points per game in the state tournament. The 5-8 guard also featured prominently in four consecutive district titles while her team compiled a 104-12 record under head coach George Maya.

"We are excited to sign Elena," said Trakh. "She really excelled on the state championship team and is a great local prospect for us. Her signing is a big step in the right direction to help us recruit the best local talent as well as accomplished athletes from across the state and borderland region."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Inoue And Hughes Complete Women's Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced the final two additions to his coaching staff Tuesday with the hiring of Tamara Inoue and Aarika Hughes.

Inoue joins the Aggie coaching staff after three seasons as an assistant coach at Santa Clara University. She joined the Broncos' women's basketball program in 2008. Inoue's primary responsibilities at Santa Clara involved recruiting, film exchange, scouting and working with the Bronco guards.

After six years of playing and coaching in Australia, Inoue joined the staff in Santa Clara.

Inoue's playing days in Australia were cut short due to injury. After rehabilitation in the United States, she returned to coach in Australia's Victorian Basketball League (VBL).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jamie Shadian Added To Women's Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced the first addition to his coaching staff Thursday with the hiring of Jamie Shadian.

Shadian comes to the Mesilla Valley after two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville. She joined the Tigers' coaching in 2009 and focused her efforts on mentoring guard play, specifically the point guard at the Division I level. The Tigers' 2011 senior point guard responded to the instruction last season to become the TSU assists record holder and place second in assists within the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).

While at TSU Shadian assisted in recruiting efforts in the U.S. and led recruiting efforts abroad in Europe. She was also well versed in scouting opponents and preparing scouting reports for the Tigers. During the offseason, Shadian designed postseason and preseason workouts for the guards. She served as a liaison for strength and conditioning as well as academics during her tenure, advising student-athletes with academics.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Mark Trakh Named NM State Head Women's Basketball Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State athletic director Dr. McKinley Boston announced the hiring of Mark Trakh as the new head coach of the Aggie women's basketball program on Friday.

Trakh (pronounced TRACK), 55, becomes the 10th head coach in NM State history and has nearly 30 years of head coaching experience, including 16 at the NCAA Division I level at both Southern California and Pepperdine.

"I'm very excited that Coach Mark Trakh has accepted the offer to be our next women's basketball coach," Boston said. "His credentials are exactly what I was looking for when I started this search and to have someone that has been successful at a mid-major like Pepperdine, while understanding our goal of being one of the best mid-majors in the country was big key. With his success at USC, I felt that he was the right person to lead this team into the future."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 04/07/11 :: Next Women's Basketball Head Coach Will Be Mark Trakh

New Mexico State is scheduled to hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. (MT) on Friday to announce the next women's basketball head coach at New Mexico State.

We've been told by our sources that the person to be introduced tomorrow will be current San Diego State Associate Head Coach Mark Trakh. According to his bio page at SDSU, Trakh has nearly 30 years of head coaching experience, including 16 at the NCAA Division I level at both Southern California and Pepperdine. He compiled a 199-123 record while at Pepperdine and 90-64 record while at USC.

Collegiate Coaching Honors/Accomplishments
- NCAA First Round (2000, 2002, 2003)
- NCAA Second Round (2005, 2006)
- WNIT (1999, 2001, 2004)
- WCC Champions (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
- WCC Coach of the Year (1999, 2002)

Again, the official announcement is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. (MT)

bleedCrimson.net Madison Spence Interview :: 03/30/11

bleedCrimson.net: You're headed to Indianapolis this weekend to participate in the WNBA free agent camp. How did the opportunity come about?
Madison Spence: I heard I was invited towards the end of the season. I really didn't know whether I was going to do it or not. I've always enjoyed playing basketball and wanted to see how far I could go. Up until this year, after the concussion, I started debating if this was something I wanted to do in the future or if I should just move on to the next level in school. I want to go to med school and become an opthamologist. Throughout the season I was debating on what I wanted to do. Once it was all over… I don't want to give it up. I want to see how far… if I can keep playing.

bc.net: How excited were you when you got the invitation?
MS: I was very excited. I'm playing at a smaller school, not as much publicity for players and to be noticed was exciting.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Darin Spence Resigns As Head Women's Basketball Coach

Statement from NM State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston Announces Spence Resigns -
“Coach Spence has resigned his position as Head Women's basketball coach effective April 30, 2011. Coach Spence has managed his program in a very professional manner over the past eight years and I thank him for that service.”
 
Statement from Women’s Basketball Coach Darin Spence on his Resignation –
“I want to thank New Mexico State University and the City of Las Cruces for the opportunity to be the head women’s basketball coach over the last eight years. We made a lot of strides in this program and had lots of firsts and that is something that I’m very proud of. I’m just at the point in my career, where I need a new challenge.”