BOBBY BRASEL | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Bobby Brasel concludes his first 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 post coach.
In the 2015-16 season, Brasel played a large role in the team's gameplanning from week-to-week and was a key reason why North Texas was able to finish at 11-19 on the year, more than doubling its win total from a season prior. It was behind his scouting that the Mean Green took down nationally-ranked Oklahoma for the team's first-ever win over a ranked opponent.
Brasel had been with Arkansas-Little Rock for the previous two years, serving as 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 UALR, 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 concludes her first season as assistant coach with the North Texas women's basketball program. She assists with recruiting for the Mean Green and helps develop the team's guards.
Behind Foreman scouting and individual work with Mean Green players, the team finished at 11-19 in 2015-16 and more than doubled its win total from a season prior. She was also a pivotal part in the biggest win in program history, when North Texas defeated No. 17 Oklahoma for the team's first-ever win over a ranked opponent.
Foreman had been with Northwestern St. for the past 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 games, 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 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.
It was only three years ago that Foreman donned the Green and White on the Super Pit court. 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 graduated from NSU with her master's degree in health and human performance in 2015.
Her parents are Bunnie and Sonja Foreman and she has four siblings: Krystal, Kourtney, Jasmine and James.
BECCA NEU | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Becca Neu enters her first season as director of basketball operations for the North Texas women's basketball team.
In this role, Neu will play a hand in travel, recruiting and alumni communications, video presentations, North Texas camps, campus and social media marketing efforts, and oversight of the team’s managers while handling other organizational duties related to the program.
Neu officially joins the Mean Green staff after most recently serving as a graduate assistant for the team during the 2015-16 season. Throughout the year, she was integral in the coordination of NT's travel plans and played a large role in the program's external and recruit-based marketing efforts.
She made her way to North Texas from the University of Texas at Austin, where she served as a student manager for three seasons. At UT, Neu handled mailouts for recruits, managed the team's travel protocol, assisted with all camps and oversaw the team's undergraduate managers. The Longhorns improved in each of the three seasons that Neu was on staff, with the team earning a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2014-15.
Neu earned her bachelor's degree in advertising from UT-Austin in 2014. She is currently set to graduate with a master's degree in sports management from UNT in December 2016.
RYAN VARGO | VIDEO COORDINATOR
Ryan Vargo enters his first season as a video coordinator for the North Texas women's basketball team in 2016-17.
In this role, he oversees all video and analytics, the oversight of film exchange and practice player management, while also having other specific practice and gameday duties.
Vargo joins head coach Jalie Mitchell’s staff after serving as video coordinator and head student manager for the North Texas men’s basketball team over the last four seasons. While on Tony Benford’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.
In addition to his involvement with North Texas Athletics, Vargo previously worked as a production assistant with Synergy Sports Technology, a company that creates web-based, on-demand basketball analytics for the purposes of scouting and development.
Vargo graduated from North Texas in May 2016 with a degree in history and political science.