ORONO – Maine women’s basketball has dealt with its share of uncertainty in the offseason with regards to the coaching staff, but all along the way, the program has preached that each decision is made with the team’s stability in mind. That continued as the Black Bears announced the addition of two new assistant coaches.
Garett Sherman and former Black Bear Courtney Anderson were announced as the newest members of the coaching staff on Friday.
In addition to the two hires, Jhasmin Player was also promoted to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She returned for her second stint in Orono in the summer 2016 as the director of player development, but stepped into an assistant coaching role when head coach Richard Barron took his medical leave. Her first coaching stint spanned from 2011-13 before she left to continue her professional career overseas.
Interim Head Coach Amy Vachon spoke about the changes, citing her familiarity with each of the coaches as reason for excitement.
“I’ve known Courtney forever,” she said. “I’ve known Jhasmin for six years. Garett, I’ve gotten to know the past couple years while we were recruiting. We’ve worked a lot with him. I think they’re all great basketball minds. They’re better people than they are basketball coaches and that’s even more exciting to me.”
Anderson played for the Black Bears from 2011 until she graduated in 2015. Since then, she has coached at the Division-I level. Her first job came in the basketball operations aspect at New Hampshire before earning a role as an acting assistant coach. She then spent this past season at Presbyterian, working under former Maine assistant Todd Steelman, who coached Anderson in Orono.
“She’s a really hard worker,” said Vachon. “She really knows the game, what we stand for, what we want our culture to be. We’re going to do a lot of the same things. She’s very familiar and excited to be back.”
Sherman has coached at the junior college level for the past decade. He comes to Orono after three years as the head coach at Western Wyoming Community College. In the past, Sherman has held the head coach title at Gordon State and Allegany College of Maryland, where he was twice named Maryland JUCO Coach of the Year.
“Garett brings a lot of experience that no one else on our staff has. He’s been a head coach prior to being here. He’s a fantastic recruiter and familiar with a lot of the areas we like to recruit. He’ll bring an added dimension to our staff that we’re really excited about.”
The staff changes come after the departure of assistant Edniesha Curry, who stepped down after two seasons.