#First44 Day 15: Associate Head Coach Bobby Brasel
Mitchell Finalizes Staff With Sharp Basketball Mind
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.
Bobby Brasel will begin his first season as associate head coach with the North Texas women's basketball program. For the Mean Green, his duties will include recruiting, opponent scouting, game preparation and post coach.
"There aren't many places I would have left Joe Foley and the strong tradition of UALR for," Brasel said, "but the opportunity to come here, work with Jalie and help bring her vision of the Mean Green program into reality was just too enticing to pass up."
Brasel continued, "Hearing her passion and seeing the potential that exists at North Texas made me want to be here on the ground floor. We plan to build something special in the metroplex, throughout the state of Texas and on a national level as well."
Brasel had been with Arkansas Little Rock for the past two years, serving as assistant coach with a special emphasis on Texas and junior college recruiting, as well as guard development.
With the Trojans, Brasel helped guide the team to a program-record 29 wins in the 2014-15 season. Of those wins included victories over No. 24 LSU, Oklahoma and No. 6 seeded Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, UALR went 47-18 in his two years on the staff, including a 30-8 record in Sun Belt play and a 25-5 home record. Brasel recruited Alexius Dawn, who earned Sun Belt All-Conference honors last season and set the Tournament record with 15 three-pointers made.
"I'm so fortunate to have Bobby on staff as associate head coach. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table," head coach Jalie Mitchell said. "I've watched Bobby on the opposite bench for many years and always had the utmost respect for him. He's a diligent worker who loves the game of basketball and enjoys teaching it."
Mitchell continued, "His voice is exactly what was needed to finalize this coaching staff. Bobby is great with X's and O's and is a relentless recruiter. He's as sharp as they come and I value his input very much. I look forward to the major impact he will have on this program."
Before UALR, Brasel was on the South Alabama coaching staff for seven seasons, where he was responsible for scheduling and junior college recruiting. Overall, he coached six players who combined for eight Sun Belt All-Conference honors.
During his seven years in Mobile, the Jaguars consistently had one of the best defenses in the Sun Belt. The team was top-two in scoring defense four times, while leading the Sun Belt in field-goal percentage defense three times and three-point defense twice. In the 2011-12 season, USA allowed only a program-record 52.8 points per game, which was 11th in the nation.
From 1999-2007, Brasel was the head coach at Garden City Community College, resurrecting the Lady Broncbuster program. Prior to his arrival, Garden City had an all-time winning percentage of 38-percent. Under Brasel, the Lady Broncbusters were ranked in the NJCAA top-20 in four consecutive seasons. In total, the Lady Broncbusters made six postseason appearances, including Jayhawk Conference and Region 6 titles in 2003, culminating in a trip to the NJCAA Final Four.
In his seven seasons at Garden City, Brasel accumulated a 111-108 overall record, which makes him the winningest coach in program history. He recruited and coached two NJCAA All-Americans, eight Academic All-Americans and sent at least one player to the Division I level every year. In 2003, he earned Coach of the Year honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, the Jayhawk Conference and the NJCAA District E.
Overall, his student-athletes at Garden City compiled a 98-percent graduation rate. Originally from Big Spring, Brasel himself earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1993.