Tigers back in the gym in preparation for their first season in the American Athletic Conference.
As the 2013-14 Memphis athletics season approaches, the women's basketball team is already called in for their team photo day. During the shoot, we talked to Ariel Hearn and Mooriah Rowser about their summer workouts and the upcoming season in the new American Athletic Conference.
Amy Stephens, who has 17 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, joined the University of Memphis women's basketball program prior to the 2013-14 season as the Associate Head Coach.
"Amy will be involved in many areas of our program, but her abilities will be highlighted in our defensive system, post player development and recruiting," head coach Melissa McFerrin said. "I'm looking forward to working with Amy as a trusted colleague and as someone who knows the responsibilities, demands and opportunities of running high level program."
Stephens joins the Memphis coaching staff after spending the past season as an assistant on the staff at Saint Louis University.
Prior to joining the Saint Louis staff, she compiled a 151-130 record in nine seasons as the head coach at Drake. The Bulldogs earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2007, and the 2011-12 team made the program's fourth WNIT appearance under Stephens' guidance. The 2007-08 Drake squad finished 23-11 and captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.
Stephens was named Drake's head coach after one year as an assistant coach at Nebraska and eight years as head coach at Nebraska-Kearney, where she assembled a 197-43 ledger and earned her master's degree.
The 1991 Nebraska graduate carries a 17-year career mark of 348-173. Stephens also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa State, one season as an assistant coach at Omaha (Neb.) South High School and one year as a student assistant coach at Nebraska.
A Big 8 first-team All-Conference selection and Kodak All-District choice in 1989, Stephens ranks third in points and steals and fifth in assists and sixth in three-point field goals made on the Nebraska career charts. She also scored three of the top 10 single game scoring outings in Nebraska history and her 21.9 ppg scoring average in 1988-89 ranks third in single season Husker history.
She was a member of the 1989 U.S. National Team and played professionally in the Women's Basketball League in Germany.