NAU Roundup: Women’s basketball adds two coaches to staff | Local

Filling a pair of openings on her coaching employees, Northern Arizona women’s basketball mentor Loree Payne introduced the additions of TJ Harris and Ryan Freeman as assistant coaches to the Lumberjacks for the 2022-23 year.

The previous head coach of the Northland Prep Academy Spartans boys and ladies basketball teams, Harris returns to Flagstaff just after investing just one yr with the Portland Condition women’s basketball team.

“We are so excited to carry TJ back to Flagstaff. He is highly regarded in the regional neighborhood and has confirmed success in his university coaching career,” Payne claimed. “He is common with the Large Sky Conference and will deliver a renewed strength to the plan with his enthusiasm for defense and player enhancement. He will also serve a pivotal function in recruiting elite talent to our NAU women’s basketball software.”

In advance of moving north to Portland prior to the 2021-22 season, Harris invested a calendar year as an assistant coach at Chandler-Gilbert Neighborhood College or university though instructing at Combs High Faculty in San Tan Valley.

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A graduate of the College of Fantastic Falls, now identified as the College of Providence, Harris performed for the Vikings from 2011 to 2015. Earning Initial Team All-Conference honors as a senior, Harris averaged 14.8 factors, 4. assists and 1.5 steals though hitting virtually 43% from the 3-stage arc. Though at Providence, Harris performed together with his brother Michael following finishing his large university job at Huntley Project Large University in Montana as a 3-sport athlete. Named Initial Team All-Conference and All-Condition, Harris landed on the Montana All-Star staff.

Harris attained a bachelor’s of artwork in secondary education in 2016 from Providence and later on extra a master’s of training in academic leadership from Northern Arizona in 2020.

Freeman will sign up for Northern Arizona just after 4 seasons on the team for the New Mexico Lobos. In 2021-22, Freeman served as the exclusive assistant to the head mentor of the New Mexico women’s basketball software after two a long time as the team’s online video coordinator and 1 as a graduate assistant.

“Ryan is going to be a wonderful addition to our women’s basketball method,” Payne reported. “He has been mentored by some of the greatest coaches in the women’s recreation and has an extraordinary basketball thoughts. His practical experience with submit player development will support to elevate our method to a new stage.”

In his part past year, Freeman was dependable for the Lobos’ scheduling, travel, workforce functions and camps. Right before using on his function as video coordinator in 2019, Freeman’s responsibilities as a graduate assistant all through the 2018-19 year included helping with scouting and staff routines, cutting and enhancing video game and practice movie, and building material for recruiting and social media needs.

Right before arriving in Albuquerque, Freeman finished his undergraduate diploma at the College of Florida in which he served in multiple roles for the women’s basketball method. Starting out as a scholar movie assistant, Freeman labored as a scholar manager for the Gators’ 2017-18 season.

Together with his encounter within a pair of collegiate women’s basketball systems, Freeman also labored as a referee for the Mid Florida Officers Affiliation and as a help employees member for United states Basketball in 2014.

A graduate of Florida in 2018, Freeman left Gainesville with a bachelor’s diploma in athletics management.