A Sitdown With Coach Shanice Stephens




DENTON, Tex. (5/16/08) Today marks a small milestone in the tenure of North Texas women’s basketball coach Shanice Stephens. It was 30 days ago that she was introduced as the fifth women’s basketball coach and school history and we here at MeanGreenSports.com had a chance to sit down with Coach Stephens for a few minutes.

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It has been one month since you were named the new North Texas women’s basketball coach, what kind of a whirwind has it been for you since that day?

Coach Stephens
Whirlwind is the perfect descriptive of my first 30 days. It has truly been non-stop blur of recruiting, meetings, phone calls and letters. I’m still running on pure adrenaline so it has been very exciting yet fulfilling.

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How much time have you been able to spend with the team and getting to know each player?

Coach Stephens
I have been able to talk with my team in a group setting and able to sit and talk with each one individually. We were able to discuss expectations, the clean slate that each will be able to enjoy and the type of basketball I want to play. We have also discussed the attitude that we need to succeed and the dedication that it will take and the excellence that I expect in the classroom. We also took the time to learn more about each other’s personal lives and our families.

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What have you told each of the girls about your coaching style and what they can expect from you?

Coach Stephens
I told them we must be in superior condition because I want to be able to be aggressive on both ends of the floor. I want to push the ball in transition while picking up full court on defense. I told them I would work at ascertaining their motivation style so that I can get the most of them. I told them I would push them hard to reach their full potential. They all seem very excited about the future of our program.

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What’s one thing that you didn’t’ know about North Texas that you do now that you’re here?

Coach Stephens
I didn’t realize how beautiful the campus truly is and how supportive everyone is of the women’s program. I have received a lot of positive energy since I have arrived and every has been so excited about the future of the program.

MeanGreenSports.com
We hear that you have been up quite late in your first 30 days at North Texas, what is the earliest time you have gotten to bed in that time?

Coach Stephens
Bed? I didn’t know I had one here. I’m way too excited to sleep.

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It’s still nearly six months until you will coach in your first game, but how excited do you get when thinking about it?

Coach Stephens
I have looked out onto the court and can envision the excitement and the atmosphere. I’m excited about that day, but there is a lot of work ahead of us to be prepared for a new era of Mean Green women’s basketball.

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What can fans expect to see out of North Texas next season?

Coach Stephens
They can expect to see energy, enthusiasm and fundamental basketball. Fans can also expect to see a team and staff that are ready to shock the world.

 


 

 

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