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.
Christopher Minner | Assistant Coach
Minner served as the assistant coach of the inaugural women's basketball team at OLLU for three seasons before becoming the head coach. Minner came to OLLU from NCAA's Division II Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) where he served for one year as the women's assistant basketball coach. Minner primarily managed TAMIU's defense and worked with the team on shooting and scoring to guide the team to a six-game improvement in the league. TAMIU was ranked fourth in the nation in steals and No. 11 in assist-to-turnover ratio and was first in scoring offense, steals, forced turnovers and blocks in the conference.
Before TAMIU, Minner was the boys' varsity head basketball coach at Vacaville Christian High School in California. He directed the Falcons to a 62-24 overall record, winning a Sacramento Valley Christian (SVCL) and a Central Valley Christian League title and was named SVCL Coach of the Year in 2006. From 2002-2005, Minner was the head women's basketball coach for Napa Valley Community College where he was the all-time winningest coach in percentage and number of wins. Throughout his career, Minner has also coached golf, baseball and cross-country. Minner received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sonoma State University and a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation from St. Mary's College of California. In May 2013, Minner earned an MBA from OLLU.
Roman Owen | Assistant Coach
Owen moves to Denton after spending the 2018-19 season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Tulsa where the Golden Hurricane advanced to the quarterfinals in the American Athletic Conference tournament.
"Coach Owen has also had experience as a head coach and brings with him so much excitement and dedication to becoming one of the best in our game," Mitchell said. "He is a basketball fanatic who is loyal and operates with a high degree of integrity in all things. Roman is a lover of God and family whose infectious energy spreads as soon as he walks in any room. He has all of the intangibles that are conducive to establishing and maintaining a winning culture. I have always admired his dynamic personality from afar. The ability to keep him and his beautiful family close to home is icing on the cake."
Owen served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Yale University from 2015-18. At Yale, Owen's responsibilities included recruiting, coaching the point guards and wings, scouting reports, film breakdown, scheduling and overseeing team travel.
During the 2017-18 season, the Bulldogs captured the 2018 WBI Championship, won a program-high 19 games and advanced to the Ivy League Tournament for the first time in school history. He was also instrumental in coaching Yale to 14 wins in 2015-16 and 15 victories a year later.
Before Yale, Owen served as the video coordinator under Hall of Fame Coach Sherri Coale at Oklahoma from 2013-15.
Owen was the women's basketball head coach at Mid-America Christian University from 2010-13 where he oversaw all aspects of the program, including practices, scouting, film exchange, academic success, player development, strength and conditioning, and budget. In his three years at MACU, he coached the team to 41 wins, including an NCCAA Regional Championship and consolation championship in the NCCAA National Tournament in 2011.
Owen was an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Oklahoma City University from 2008-10 and led the Stars to 32 wins in two years and a 2010 NAIA National Tournament appearance.
A four-year letterwinner at Southwestern Christian University, Owen concluded his career with a program-high 2,802 points, was named the 2008 Pete Maravich NCCAA Player of the Year, was a three-time NCCAA All-American and led the team to back-to-back NCCAA National Championship games.
Owen earned his bachelor's degree in Biblical studies from Southwestern Christian in 2007 and his master's degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009.
Kasondra Foreman | Director of Operations, Recruiting Coordinator
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.
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