BOBBY BRASEL | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Bobby Brasel enters his third 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 two full seasons at North Texas, Brasel helped guide the Mean Green and their players to many accomplishments.
In his first season North Texas more than double their win total from a season prior and improved its offensive field goal percentage by a NCAA-best 7.23 percent.. Under his assistance, North Texas also defeated then No. 17 Oklahoma on the road for the program’s first win over a ranked team. At the end of the season in the Conference USA tournament, the Mean Green reached the second round for the first time.
North Texas built on that in year two by winning a program-best eight C-USA games, reaching the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament and improving on its overall record by a game.
Brasel had been with Arkansas-Little Rock for two years prior to 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. 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.
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. 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.
KASONDRA FOREMAN | ASSISTANT COACH
Kasondra Foreman will begin her third season as assistant coach with the North Texas women’s basketball program.
In her first two seasons at North Texas, Foreman helped guide North Texas to more wins each season than the last and been part of a number of program firsts. In her first season, North Texas defeated No. 17 Oklahoma on the road. It was the first time a Mean Green team had defeated a ranked opponent. They reached the second round of the Conference USA tournament for the first time as well. Additionally, North Texas was nationally recognized for its improvement on offense. The Mean Green owned a 41.7 fiel d goal percentage. It was a 7.23 percent increase from the previous season — the largest improvment in the country. It was also the sixth-highest shooting percentage in North Texas history.
In year two North Texas saw an improvement in wins and won a program-best eight C-USA games and reached the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament for the first time.
Before joining North Texas, Foreman had been with Northwestern State for the previous two years, serving as assistant coach with a special emphasis on recruiting and guard development.
In the 2013-14 season, Foreman helped guide the Lady Demons to a program-record 21 wins, as they reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. With a 19-15 record last year and another Southland Tournament championship, NSU reached the NCAA Tournament once again. In Foreman’s two seasons in Natchitoches, the Lady Demons compiled a 40-28 overall record, including 21-15 in Southland play and 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 court not that long ago. She played at North Texas from 2010-12, making 31 starts in 59 career appearances for the Mean Green. In 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 2011 Newcomer of the Year.
During the 2011-12 season, she was coached by Karen Aston and Jalie Mitchell and the Mean Green improved to 15-16, following a 5-25 record the previous year. Oddly enough, Mitchell actually recruited her 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.
She 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 graduated from NSU with a master’s degree in heath and human performance.
Her parents are Bunnie and Sonja Foreman and she has four siblings: Krystal, Kourtney, Jasmine and James.
CARLOS KNOX | ASSISTANT COACH
Carlos Knox joined the Mean Green coaching staff in May of 2017. He brings to North Texas 15 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels.
Prior to 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. 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 current Georgia State 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 overseas playing in Croatia, Germany, Venezuela, and Italy. As head coach in Canada’s NBLC league, he earned honorable mention as coach of the month and produced six of the leagues 18 players of the week honors. He also served as a head coach in the International Basketball League (FIBA), Continental Basketball Association (CBA), American Basketball Association (ABA), and International Basketball League (IBL).
Knox earned his degree from IUPUI in 1998 where he is lauded as the most prolific men’s basketball player in the school’s history. A three-time All-American, two-time NCAA scoring champion, and NCAA Player of the Year, Knox currently holds 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; the first athlete to receive the honor.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Knox maintained residency in Indianapolis after his graduation from IUPUI. He founded Knox ProTrain in 2008 — training elite athletes including NBA veterans Zach Randolph, George Hill, Daequan Cook, Lance Stephenson, Norris Cole, and numerous FIBA players. In 2009, he created and administered the Knox Indy Pro Am, an annual summer basketball league. Dubbed one of the country’s top pro-am programs the Knox Indy Pro Am attracted nearly 200 professional and collegiate athletes from around the country. The Knox Indy Pro Am spawned two national pro-am championships; 2013 AND1 Summer Remix and 2014 Red Bull Midnight Run were both coached by Knox.
RYAN VARGO | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/CAMP DIRECTOR
Ryan Vargo was named director of operations for the North Texas women's basketball team in 2018.
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.
RICK LEFEBVRE | STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
Rick Lefebvre returned to North Texas in August of 2017 to be the Mean Green women's basketball team's first-ever strength and conditioning coach.
Lefebvre spent nearly five seasons in Denton from 2006-11 where he primarily served as the men's basketball strength coach. During his first stint with North Texas, Lefebvre got to know current North Texas women's basketball head coach Jalie Mitchell while she was an assistant with the Mean Green.
Prior to returning to North Texas, Lefebvre was the men's basketball strength coach at Louisiana State University. Lefebvre has worked with world class athletes such as 2016 NBA Draft first overall pick Ben Simmons, NCAA national champion and United States Olympian Lolo Jones and NFL linebacker Craig Robertson.
Lefebvre has also worked at UTEP and Marquette.