RYAN VARGO | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/CAMP DIRECTOR
Ryan Vargo heads into his second year as the Director of Operations for the North Texas women’s basketball team in 2018-19.
Vargo had been video coordinator for the Mean Green women’s basketball team since 2016, overseeing all video and analytics, film exchange, and practice player management, while also having other specific practice and gameday duties.
Vargo joined head coach Jalie Mitchell’s staff after serving as video coordinator and head student manager for the North Texas men’s basketball team for four seasons. While on the men’s staff he oversaw all video operations of the team and was an integral part in the scouting of opponents through the evaluation of personnel, set plays, and offensive/defensive tendencies. He also oversaw and coordinated the activities for as many as six Mean Green student managers.
He previously worked as a production manager with Synergy Sports Technology, a company that creates web-based, on-demand basketball analytics for scouting and development.
Vargo graduated from North Texas in May 2016 with a degree in history and political science.
BOBBY BRASEL | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Bobby Brasel enters his fourth season as associate head coach with the North Texas women’s basketball program.
For the Mean Green, his duties include recruiting, opponent scouting, game preparation and scheduling.
In each year since Brasel’s arrival in Denton, North Texas has improved on its previous season’s record including more than doubling it in their first season and winning at least one game each year in the Conference USA Tournament. In 2018, guard Terriell Bradley was voted first-team all-conference, the program’s first honoree in nine seasons and just its third in 15 years. In the 2018 offseason, the Mean Green recruited two NJCAA All-Americans, one more than it had recruited in the 41 years prior.
Brasel had been with Arkansas-Little Rock for two years before coming to Denton, serving as an 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. Those wins included victories over No. 24 LSU, Oklahoma, and sixth-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 and set the tournament record with 15 three-pointers made.
Before Little Rock, 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. During the 2011-12 season, USA only allowed 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. Before his arrival, Garden City had a 38-percent all-time winning percentage. Under Brasel, his teams were ranked in the NJCAA top-20 for 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 an overall record of 111-108 and was 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. His student-athletes at Garden City compiled a 98-percent graduation rate.
Originally from Big Spring, Brasel earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1993.
KASONDRA FOREMAN | ASSISTANT COACH
Kasondra Foreman returned to her alma mater and joined her college coach Jalie Mitchell in 2015.
Foreman, a 2012 North Texas graduate and women’s basketball player, has duties that include game planning, scouting, and is the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Before joining North Texas, Foreman was at Northwestern State for two years, serving as assistant coach with a special emphasis on recruiting and guard development.
In 2013-14, Foreman helped guide the Lady Demons to a program-record 21 wins as they reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time. With a 19-15 record and another Southland Tournament championship, NSU again reached the NCAA Tournament. In Foreman’s two seasons in Natchitoches, the Lady Demons compiled an overall record of 40-28, including a 21-15 mark in Southland play and went 7-0 in Southland 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.
Foreman donned the green and white on the Super Pit from 2010-12, making 31 starts in 59 career appearances for the Mean Green. During 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 Newcomer of the Year.
During the 2011-12 season, Foreman was coached by Karen Aston and Jalie Mitchell as the Mean Green improved to 15-16 following a 5-25 record the previous year. Mitchell recruited Foreman 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.
Foreman 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 also holds a master’s degree in health and human performance from NSU.
CARLOS KNOX | ASSISTANT COACH
Carlos Knox joined the Mean Green coaching staff in May of 2017 with 15 years of coaching experience in the collegiate and professional levels.
In his first season at UNT, Knox helped lead the Mean Green to its best season in over a decade featuring one of the nation’s top defenses that was ranked as the No. 3 scoring defense for most of the season. Knox coached Terriell Bradley into a first-team all-conference player as she increased her scoring average by five points per game in Knox’s first season. Bradley scored 578 points in 2017-18, the third-most points scored in a single season in school history.
Before joining North Texas, Knox served as director of training for Jonathan Byrd Fieldhouse, Indiana’s state-of-the-art basketball facility, and worked for seven seasons as an assistant coach with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. His responsibilities included scouting, player development, post-injury rehabilitation training, video editing, practice planning, and game preparation. As a member of the 2012 Indiana Fever WNBA Championship team coaching staff led by Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn, Knox’s work with four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings and five-time WNBA All-Star Katie Douglas played a vital role in the team’s long-term success and second trip to the WNBA Finals in 2015 under head coach Stephanie White.
Knox began his coaching career as an assistant with his alma mater, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), under head coach Ron Hunter. There, he was instrumental in the recruitment and development of nine-year NBA veteran George Hill. In 2010 Knox joined the coaching staff at San Diego State University where he served as an assistant.
Professionally, Knox played briefly with the Indiana Pacers and spent eight years playing in Croatia, Germany, Venezuela, and Italy. As a head coach in Canada’s NBLC league, he earned honorable mention as Coach of the Month and produced six of the league’s 18 Player of the Week honors. He also served as a head coach in the International Basketball League, Continental Basketball Association, American Basketball Association, and International Basketball League.
Knox earned his degree in 1988 from IUPUI where he is lauded as the most prolific men’s basketball player in school history. A three-time All-American, two-time NCAA scoring champion, and NCAA Player of the Year, Knox set all of IUPUI’s major scoring records, including career points (2,556), single-season points (927), single-game points (51), single-season scoring average (32.0), and career scoring average (30.1). He remains in the top 10 for career assists (297) and free throw percentage (.833), and is the only player IUPUI history to hit more than 200 free throws in a single season, which he accomplished three times. His No. 34 jersey was retired after his final game, marking the first time in school history an athlete’s jersey had been retired.
Knox is credited as the impetus behind IUPUI’s reclassification of its men’s basketball program to Division I the year after his graduation. He was inducted into the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2016, Knox was recognized as IUPUI Men’s Basketball Legend as the first athlete to receive the honor.
RICK LEFEBVRE | STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
Rick Lefebvre returned to North Texas on August 1, 2017, to become the program’s first-ever full-time strength and conditioning coach.
Lefebvre spent five seasons, from 2006-2011, as the Mean Green men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach. During that time he also worked with women’s basketball, which is where he built a relationship with women’s coach Jalie Mitchell when she was an assistant under Shanice Stephens and Karen Aston.
Lefebvre rejoins the Mean Green after spending nearly five years at Louisiana State University as their men’s basketball strength coach. In 2017, Lefebvre earned his Master of Science degree from LSU.
During his professional career he has worked with athletes such as 2016 NBA Draft first overall Ben Simmons, Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones and numerous NFL players.
Emily Slagle | GRADUATE ASSISTANT
Tosin Mabodu | GRADUATE ASSISTANT