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Four finalists for 2020 NCAA Division II World Exposure Women's Assistant Coach of the Year announced

By World Exposure News Services, 03/20/20, 10:00AM CDT


The 2020 NCAA Division II World Exposure  Women’s College Basketball Assistant Coach of the Year Award finalists were announced today by World Exposure Report and include Stephanie Gehlhausen (Ashland University), Mike Nicholson (University of Central Missouri), Markeith Brown (Texas A&M-Commerce), and Sierra Afoa (University of Alaska Anchorage). Award winner will be announced Wednesday, March 25th. 

About the finalists:
Stephanie Gehlhausen, Ashland University

Gehlhausen is in her second season as the Eagles' assistant coach, and during that time, Ashland has gone 60-3 (including 7-0 with Gehlhausen as acting head coach), won two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championships and a GLIAC regular-season title, and made the NCAA Division II postseason twice. She is the Eagles' recruiting coordinator, has implemented the team's new defense, is the team's guard coach and academic coach, and oversees the transition for all incoming freshmen.

Mike Nicholson, University of Central Missouri

Nicholson is the Jennies top bench coach during games and works with the guards in practice. He's helped in the development of three-time All-American Paige Redmond. The Jennies also had four named to the All-MIAA team in 2018-19 and have had 17 total All-MIAA selections during Nicholson's tenure. 

Markeith Brown, Texas A&M-Commerce

Associate Head Coach Markeith Brown helped led the Lions to their most successful seasons in A&M-Commerce women's basketball history. The team finished the season with a 28-3 record, tying the most wins in a single season in program history and their .903 winning percentage was their best winning percentage in program history. Lions finished ranked 3rd in the nation, which was their highest national ranking in program history. 

Sierra Afoa,University of Alaska Anchorage

Afoa joined head coach Ryan McCarthy's staff in 2018-19 after three seasons as a player for the Seawolves. In her two seasons on the staff, UAA has produced a combined 61-5 record. 


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