Stephanie Shaw has been named as the head women’s basketball coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the 2011-12 season. Shaw becomes the fourth coach of the Lady Rangers since the 1978-79 season and is the sixth coach in the 40-year history of the program.
“I am very excited and honored to become the next head coach at Northwestern,” Shaw said. “I am thankful to President Cunningham and Bob Battisti in giving me this wonderful opportunity.”
Shaw joins the staff after serving four years as an assistant coach in her second stint at Oklahoma City University. Prior to that, she spent a season as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Wayland Baptist University (Tex.). During the 2005-06 season, Shaw began her career as a coach, serving as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma City University.
In her four years as an assistant coach at Oklahoma City, Shaw helped lead the Stars to a 118-19 overall record. She coached 10 NAIA All-American’s, a WNBA draft pick and recruited a conference newcomer of the year, while leading Oklahoma City to two consecutive NAIA Final Four appearances.
“We are excited to have Stephanie join our athletic staff,” stated Bob Battisti, Director of Athletics. “She brings a level of maturity that goes beyond her age. She is a proven recruiter and has the desire, dedication, and determination to lead our women’s basketball program to new heights.”
During her playing career at Wayland Baptist from 2002-05, Shaw was named a NAIA Second-Team All-American in 2004 and named to the Sooner Athletic All-Conference Team three times. She was also the Flying Queens Most Valuable Player during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and named to the All-Decade team at WBU. In just three seasons, Shaw eclipsed the 1,000 point mark, finishing her career with 1,002 points.
“I have had the opportunity the last nine years, as a player and assistant coach, to come into Percefull Fieldhouse,” stated Shaw. “I have always felt the welcoming and friendly atmosphere this campus and community has to offer. I believe Northwestern is at the forefront of new and exciting times for women’s basketball and I look forward to embracing this campus and community as home.”
Shaw, a native of Plainview, Tex., earned her bachelor’s of science in physical education from Wayland Baptist in August of 2005 and received her master’s degree in secondary education from East Central University in 2010.
Tue, April 12, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt