ACU women's basketball head coach Julie Goodenough announced Wednesday that she is bringing one of the best players in Abilene's women's collegiate basketball history back to town as an assistant coach on her staff.
Kendra Hassell – who played at Hardin-Simmons University for Goodenough as Kendra Anderson – has already joined the ACU coaching staff giving Goodenough two full-time assistants in Jarod Newland and Hassell. Goodenough said she still needs to hire a graduate assistant to round out her staff.
"I am thrilled to have Coach Hassell join our staff," Goodenough said. "She is a Godly mom, wife and coach who will be a positive role model for our players as well as a tremendous ambassador for ACU.
"As a player and as a college coach, Kendra has incredible work ethic and knowledge for the game," Goodenough said. "She is a gifted teacher and evaluator. To have a coach on staff who has played for me and coached for me is a great asset as we move this program into the NCAA Division I era and join the Southland Conference. I am excited for our players and Wildcat fans to get to know Coach Hassell as we welcome her and her family back to West Texas."
This will be the third time Hassell has coached on a staff with Goodenough after serving as her graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma State from 2003-05 and then as her assistant coach / recruiting coordinator at Charleston Southern from 2006-08.
"This is an exciting time for ACU athletics, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the Wildcat family," Hassell said. "It's also very exciting to return to West Texas and to be part of Coach Goodenough's staff once again. I followed the Wildcat basketball team and all of its success last season and I am looking forward to helping continue that winning tradition."
Hassell spent the previous three seasons coaching at Carroll University in Wisconsin where she helped the Pioneers to three straight winning seasons and coached two Midwestern Conference Player of the Year award recipients.
Prior to joining the Carroll staff, Hassell spent one season (2009-10) on the staff at Texas Woman's University where she was the assistant coach for former HSU teammate Beth Jillson. She helped lead TWU to a 15-12 record and 9-5 mark in the Lone Star Conference.
Prior to coaching at TWU, Hassell coached for one season at Fort Worth Paschal High School, and before that she spent three seasons working for Goodenough as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Charleston Southern University.
At CSU Hassell assisted with pre and post season conditioning, individual workouts, summer camps, fundraising and community service. She also developed a plan for recruiting, prepared scouting reports and helped the head coach on game scheduling.
Prior to coaching at Charleston Southern, Hassell was as an assistant coach at Forney High School in Forney, TX from 2005-2006 and a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma State University from 2003-2005. She also served as a camp counselor at Hardin-Simmons University (1999-2002) and Oklahoma State (2003-2004) and camp director at Bronte High School in 2000 and Graham High School in 2003.
Hassell played four years at Hardin-Simmons University and was a two-time Kodak First Team All-American, Verizon Academic All-American and American Southwest Conference Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named Conference Players of the Year and Region Player of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003. Hassell received the 2003 NCAA Texas Woman of the Year honors and selected to the Division III Hoops All-Decade Team in 2007.
In 2003, Hassell graduated from Hardin-Simmons with a bachelor degree in behavioral science. She earned her master’s degree in exercise science at Oklahoma State in 2005.
Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.