Aug. 10, 2006
(San Francisco) - Shanele Stires has been named as an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of San Francisco as announced today by head coach Tanya Haave. Stires completes Haave's inaugural staff for the upcoming 2006-07 season.
"I am thrilled to welcome such a talented coach to the program at the University of San Francisco," Haave said. "Shanele brings an outstanding mix of experience as a player and a coach. Her energy and enthusiasm will be contagious and our players will greatly benefit from her presence in our program."
Stires brings an impressive blend of collegiate coaching experience and also competed professionally in the WNBA and overseas during an eight year career following her graduation from Kansas State. Stires spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University working in all facets of the program with an on-court emphasis on post player development.
"The opportunity to work on a staff with a wealth of experience is too good to be true," Stires said. "Coach Haave is building something special at San Francisco and I am truly thrilled and excited to be on board."
Stires got her first taste of college coaching at Augsburg College in Minneapolis working on game specific skills along with scouting reports.
After spending two seasons playing professionally overseas, Stires wrapped up her professional career playing for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx from 2000-03, playing both guard and forward for three seasons. Prior to returning stateside, Stires played in Portugal for Clube Amigos de Basket where she averaged more than 20 points per game. Stires spent a pair of seasons in Sweden (1999-2000) competing on the Visby Ladies club and earned all-star honors after averaging 27.2 points per game in her first season in Scandinavia.
An inaugural member of the Columbus Quest of the American Basketball League (ABL), Stires played guard and forward and won a pair of championship rings from 1996-98. Stires joined the Quest after spending one season in Greece competing for A.O. Pagrati where she led the team in scoring and rebounding.
A three-year letter-winner at Kansas State, Stires litters the Wildcats record books, departing Manhattan ranked fifth in rebounding and sixth in scoring. During her senior campaign, Stires captured Kodak All-American Honorable Mention and All-Big Eight First Team honors and was a runner-up for player of the year. Stires was a second team all-league selection during her first two seasons with the Wildcats.
Stires is pursuing a Master's Degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University and earned a B.S in Social Science from Kansas State in 1995.