Having enough players has tended to be a bit of a problem for CCSJ Women’s basketball. Last year’s Crimson Waves finished the season in the first round of the conference tournament with only a handful of players. Out of that scrappy gang from last year, only Daionna Epps-Jones returns to the line-up for this season.
The team now has a new head coach Steve Helm, who takes over for former coach John Maniatis.
“My plan is to develop a culture of academic and basketball excellence,” Helm told The Shavings.
Helm started his strong career as a player at Northwest High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. In his college campaign, Helm started all four years of competition at two different universities – North Idaho College and Montana State University Northern. As a point-guard, Helm was first-team all-conference, Frontier Conference MVP, and won 3rd team All-American honors, at the NAIA D1 level, as a MSUN Bobcat.
As a coach, Helm has experience in both the high school and the college ranks, including five years as head men’s basketball coach at Ancilla College and four years as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Valparaiso University.
When asked about how he intends to build up the numbers on the team’s dwindling roster, Helm has a plan.
“With the current players in the program, I plan to build the foundation for success this season and into the future. I know we can be very successful this season if we continue to work hard and grow together as a team,” Helm said. “We will recruit from the local area and region mostly, but I do have recruiting contacts across the country and internationally that I will tap into if needed. The future is very bright for women’s basketball and CCSJ Athletics!”
Helm wants to put the students first.
“We [CCSJ Basketball Coaching Staff] want all of our student-athletes to graduate with their degrees from CCSJ and have the best possible experience playing basketball here,” Helm said.
The first home game is in the Rittenmeyer Center, November 10th, at 6:00 P.M.
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