Pebley Announces Coaching Staff
May 13, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU women's basketball head coach Raegan Pebley announced the additions of Edwina Brown, Hanna Howard and Crystal Robinson to the fill out the coaching staff on Tuesday.
"In building our staff we wanted to assure that all three hires were individuals that matched the integrity of TCU, believed in the vision for our women's basketball program and had the experience and skills to help us get there," Pebley said. "Edwina, Hanna and Crystal are relationship and goal driven individuals who are ready to invest into our players' lives as well as our community. We are so excited to get to work and have a lot of fun while doing it!"
The women's basketball coaching staff combines for over 30 years of collegiate coaching experience as well as 16 years of playing experience in the WNBA.
Brown returns to her native state of Texas as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after spending the last three seasons at New Mexico. Brown also served as an assistant coach on Gail Goestenkors' staff at the University of Texas during the 2011-12 season following an extensive playing career.
The Lockhart, Texas, product starred at Texas from 1996-00, earning the Margaret Wade Award as a senior, recognizing the nation's top player. Brown finished her career in Austin as the only player in school history to record at least 1,700 points, 500 assists and 250 steals throughout her career, as well as the only player to lead the Longhorns in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in the same year, a feat achieved in both her junior and senior seasons.
Brown was selected with the third overall pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock and spent five seasons in the League. Brown finished in a three-way tie for runner-up for WNBA Rookie of the Year honors in 2000 and also won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 1998 R. Williams Jones Cup and a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.
"When listing the greats to come from the state of Texas, you have to include Edwina Brown at the top!," Pebley said. "Wink comes to us after being coached by and coaching with some of the best. She has unquenchable thirst to recruit, learn and teach."
"It's always good to come back home where everything is comfortable, and that's the way I feel here," Brown said. "We're all very excited about the direction of this program and I'm excited to work with Raegan, who also has a professional background and is a players' coach, which is how I would also describe myself."
Howard enters her fifth season alongside Coach Pebley and will serve as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at TCU. Since joining Pebley at Utah State in 2010, the two have enjoyed four-straight postseason appearances, including back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014 at Fresno State.
Howard's defensive gameplan paid dividends at Fresno State, as the Bulldogs ranked third in the country in steals (12.9 ppg) during the 2012-13 campaign and set a school and Mountain West record with 426 total steals on the season. Howard has helped mentor the league's defensive player of the year in each of the last three seasons.
Prior to joining Pebley at Utah State, Howard began her career as an assistant at UC San Diego, where the Tritons compiled a 77-22 overall record and rose to as high as No. 3 nationally, and starred collegiately at the University of Portland.
"We are so fortunate to have Hanna on staff," Pebley said. "She is a rising star in this profession and no doubt will be an excellent head coach one day. She will be an integral part of building not only our defense, but our culture as well. I am so excited for her to put her touch on TCU Women's Basketball."
"I am honored by the opportunity to work for such an incredible institution and a head coach that I have so much respect for," Howard said. "Raegan has an amazing ability to lead and inspire those around her and I have the utmost confidence in our new staff and the talented young ladies that make up our team."
Robinson comes to TCU after spending the last season as an assistant at Utah State and brings extensive coaching experience in the state of Oklahoma as well as playing and coaching experience in the WNBA.
Prior to her time in Logan, Utah, Robinson served four seasons as head coach at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla., helping lead the Lady Aggies to a 79-37 (.681) overall record. Following a standout playing career, Robinson's first coaching stint came with the WNBA's Washington Mystics in 2005 before moving on as head coach at McAlester High School, where she led the Buffalo to 5A state title.
Robinson was a two-time NAIA All-American at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and went on to earn Rookie of the Year honors in 1999 in the American Basketball League (ABL) with the Colorado Xplosion. Robinson enjoyed nine seasons in the WNBA with the New York Liberty (1999-2005) and the Washington Mystics (2006-07) while also starring internationally, earning a FIBA Euro Cup Championship in 2006.
"Crystal and winning are synonymous," Pebley said. "She has competed as a coach and a player at the highest level and has poured into our game at every possible level and all over the world. She is an expert at player development and will help each of our women recognize their potential."
"I'm beyond ecstatic to be apart of this staff with Coach Pebley and the TCU family," Robinson said. "TCU is a great opportunity and challenge and it's great to be working with a group of coaches who built their careers by taking on challenges."