#First44 Day 14: Assistant Coach Kasondra Foreman
Mitchell Adds North Texas Alum, Guard Developer
Mitchell was named head coach of the North Texas women's basketball team on April 9, 2015. Between moving back to Denton, getting to know the team and beginning to operate the Mean Green program, Mitchell will be very busy early on in her tenure. We want to give fans an in-depth look at her #First44 days on the job in the form of a 44-part series that will run from April 10-May 23.
Kasondra Foreman will begin her first season as assistant coach with the North Texas women's basketball program. She will assist with recruiting for the Mean Green and help develop the guards.
"North Texas is an institution that has always stood out to me," she said. "The positive energy and atmosphere here is easy to fall in love with. It's the reason I committed here as a player and even more so why I've returned as a coach.
"It feels great to be home and working for the best school in Texas."
Foreman had been with Northwestern St. for the past two years, serving as assistant coach with a special emphasis on recruiting and guard development.
In the 2013-14 season, Foreman helped guide the Lady Demons to a program-record 21 games, as they reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. With a 19-15 record last year and another Southland Tournament championship, NSU reached the NCAA Tournament once again. In Foreman's two seasons in Natchitoches, the Lady Demons compiled a 40-28 overall record, including 21-15 in Southland play and 7-0 in Tournament games.
At NSU, Foreman was responsible for recruiting stellar Texas talent, including Emerald Mayfield from Bowie High School in Arlington. Mayfield was District 7-5A MVP, as well as First Team All-District and Offensive Player of the Year. Another incoming recruit, Brynae Thompson from Cy-Fair High School in Houston, was a two-time All-District Honoree and won MVP awards at the AAU Georgetown Invitational and the 2012 Insiders Tournament.
"Kasondra is family to me and I'm excited to bring her home as an assistant coach," head coach Jalie Mitchell said. "Being an alum, she possesses the same passion for North Texas and the same pride in this program that I do. Her ability to relate to players and sustain relationships will play a vital role in our recruiting efforts."
Mitchell continued, "I'm extremely proud of the steps she has taken since graduation. She comes from a great team of coaches at Northwestern St., who expanded her knowledge of the game and taught her how to do things the right way at this level. Kasondra is very driven and her postseason experience will help us as we prepare to get to that point ourselves."
It was only three years ago that Foreman donned the Green and White on the Super Pit court. She played at North Texas from 2010-12, making 31 starts in 59 career appearances for the Mean Green. In the 2010-11 season, she averaged 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while leading the team with 99 assists - 3.3 per game. For her performance, she was named the team's 2011 Newcomer of the Year.
During the 2011-12 season, she was coached by Karen Aston and Jalie Mitchell and the Mean Green improved to 15-16, following a 5-25 record the previous year. Oddly enough, Mitchell actually recruited her to North Texas from Weatherford CC, where she averaged 10 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. To this day, Foreman considers Mitchell "one of the most influential young ladies" in her life, which makes their reunion with the Mean Green even more special.
She graduated from North Texas in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a minor in communication. Foreman was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and helped run summer camps for young players. She will graduate from NSU this spring with a master's degree in heath and human performance.
Her parents are Bunnie and Sonja Foreman and she has four siblings: Krystal, Kourtney, Jasmine and James.