DENTON, Texas (5/21/08) - North Texas women’s basketball head coach Shanice Stephens has put the finishing touches on her coaching staff as she has added Erika Lang-Montgomery, Johnetta Hayes, and Jalie Johnson as assistant coaches. The trio brings to the Mean Green one of the best recruiters in the country, a rising young coach, and a former North Texas great to the staff.
“Erika brings a great deal of wealth and experience to the program,” Stephens said. “She is very detail oriented and an outstanding recruiter who has been at five quality programs and is a great addition”.
Lang-Montgomery spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State and has coached at Purdue, Florida State, USC, and Wisconsin.
She has over 13 years of coaching experience at the Division I level and has been responsible for putting together some of the best recruiting classes in the nation.
At Wichita State Lang-Montgomery helped put together a recruiting class that included Kiki Stephens, the 2005 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year; she was only the second Wichita State player in school history to earn the honor. Stephens and Antionette Wells both scored over 1,000 points while at Wichita State.
Hayes was previously the head coach at Wiley College where she successfully turned the Wildcats into a national power in just two by seasons winning 42 games. Hayes led Wiley to a 29-7 record in 2007-08 and earned the school its first ever national ranking. Wiley finished the season ranked No. 22 in the country.
“I’m so excited to be able to bring Johnetta to North Texas because she is like part of my family. She brings with her head coaching experience and had immediate success at turning around the program at Wiley” Stephens said.
Hayes was named the 2007-08 Red River Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
A prolific defensive player and four-year letterwinner at Rice, Hayes was a 2003 first-team all-WAC selection after leading her team in scoring, rebounds, blocked shots and field goal percentage. Hayes was 16th in the nation that season in blocked shots per game averaging 2.46 per contest.
She is still second all-time in blocked shots at Rice with 142 and sixth in school history with a rebounding average of 8.1 boards per game throughout her career.
Perhaps the greatest player to ever suit up at North Texas, Johnson brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge.
“Jalie is an exciting addition because she was here during some of the best times in North Texas women’s basketball history. Her excitement and eagerness are what is going to make her a great coach and I’m so excited to have her on our staff” said Stephens.
Johnson, the former Jalie Mitchell, was recently inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and is one of just two players to have her number retired.
She was named all-conference all four years at North Texas, concluding her career as the 2002 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. Johnson is the Mean Green’s all-time leading scorer with 1,764 points and ranks No. 1 in free throws and attempts. She also ranks in the top 10 in school history in 10 other categories.
During her senior season, she was part of a team that set a school record with 21 wins in a single season and went to back-to-back postseason WNIT’s. During that year, Johnson averaged 19.4 points a game and scored 20 points or more 14 times.