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‘Expect the Unexpected’ At Texas Southern
HOUSTON — For last season’s TSU Lady Tigers basketball team, finishing 8-20 is now a distant memory.
A lot has changed since that last game, the school has a new athletic director in Charles McClelland, a new president of the university in Dr. John Rudley, and they now have a new coach with some local flavor, who’s coming off an incredible Final Four season at LSU.
Lady Tigers fans, it’s time to “Expect the Unexpected” and with Yolanda Wells-Broughton at the helm great things are about to begin! Broughton becomes the 12th coach for the Texas Southern University Lady Tigers.
She takes over a program that has a win/loss record of 57-135 since 2000.
Five lettermen return for the Lady Tigers led by senior guards Camille Parks and Jaquenta Richard, as well as juniors Brandi Justice and Jamelah Lewis, and captain, senior forward Tina Brown.
A native Houstonian, Broughton attended Spring Woods High School. Upon graduation she attended Grambling State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1995.
She started her basketball coaching career in 1997 as the head women’s coach at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. She was also an assistant coach at Trinity Valley Junior College, Texas Christian, and LSU.
She earned her Masters in Education at TCU in 2006.
Here’s a closer look at Lady Tigers head coach Yolanda Wells-Broughton and her expectations for her first season at Texas Southern University.
BASN: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
YWB: I’m really anxious to see how everything unfolds. The girls are very excited about our team.
BASN: What has been your biggest challenge about making the transition from LSU to TSU?
YWB: Understanding the transition and the process and jumping in on the part. I’ve only been here for four months, I have a great staff and we have been working hard on the recruiting trails.
BASN: Who are your top players coming into the 2008-09 season?
YWB: Seniors Tina Brown and Camille Parks and juniors Brandi Justice and Jamelah Lewis.
BASN: How important is it to be able to recruit in local as well as in the state of Texas?
YWB: It is extremely important to recruit here in the state. There’s enough talent not only in the city of Houston, but definitely in the state of Texas.
BASN: Who do you want to have the ball in their hands with the game on the line?
YWB: It would have to be newcomer Angel Tate, a junior transfer from St. John’s University or senior Camille Parks.
BASN: What will you miss most about being at LSU?
YWB: Coach Van Chancellor, without a doubt. He was so instrumental in me getting the job. He gave me a chance, which was the opportunity to coach, despite being a single parent with children.
BASN: What things do you plan to implement this season both on and off the court?
YWB: I want to build a team and intstill a winning attitude. I want to change the culture both on and off the court. Organization and structure will be a key. The biggest challenge is preparation. You can’t compete if you aren’t prepared.
BASN: What is your favorite SWAC memory?
YWB: Winning the SWAC tournament while playing for Grambling State and having the opportunity to play Vanderbilt.
BASN: What was your first job?
YWB: I was a lifeguard for the City of Houston for seven years.
BASN: What is the toughest arena that you’ve coached in?
YWB: “The Pit” at the University of New Mexico.
BASN: Who has been instrumental in your development as a player/coach?
YWB: Patricia Bibbs at North Carolina A&T and Royce Chadwick at Marshall, both of them have been great mentors as well as everyone that I’ve had the opportunity to work with.
BASN: What are some of the things that made coming to TSU attractive?
YWB: Being able to come to TSU to rebuild this program and the opportunity to start a winning tradition.
BASN: What traits do you look for in a player?
YWB: Talent, skill level, character, integrity, and a lot of intangibles. I look for kids that have the total package, kids that fit my program.
BASN: How important is the academic process to you and what do you have in place to help your team achieve their goals of getting their degrees?
YWB: It is extremely important. At LSU we had 92% of our players graduate. Sylvia Fowles will graduate in December. We have to have results at the end of the day.
BASN: What is the outlook for the 2008-09 basketball team?
YWB: “Expect the Unexpected”. We will take it to the next level.
Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Book: John Maxwell /Leadership Book
WNBA Team: San Antonio Silver Stars
WNBA Player: Tina Thompson, Houston Comets
Hobby: Spending time with kids
Scripture: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper”
Coaching Memory: Beating North Carolina in the Elite 8 and having the opportunity to play Tennessee for the third time.
Ms. Wells-Broughton is the proud mother of three children, Vernon (7), Asia (5), and Isaiah (1).