The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will begin their 2021-22 season this week, along with new players, including the coaching staff.
Earlier this year in May, EKU alum Greg Todd was named the next head coach. Todd has 29 years of head coaching under his belt, along with a successful coaching career. Todd started his coaching career at Berea Community High School and has spent the last seven years as head coach for Morehead State University.
“It’s been a whirlwind getting everything going but it's been some of the best days of my coaching career, being able to put our staff together and being able to put this team together,” Todd said. “Definitely extremely grateful to be here, looking forward to being in a new conference and having a great chance of being successful here.”
Todd said that EKU is home to him and he is excited to begin the season as head coach of the program.
“This is very special for me to be able to coach at my alma mater and hopefully have several years here and finish my career here,” Todd said.
Todd said this is the deepest team that he has coached in his entire career. The players returning this season are three seniors, including, Jayla Johnson, Bria Bass and I’Liyah Green. Also coming back are redshirt freshmen, Georgia Baldwin and Alice Recanati and redshirt sophomore, Emma Hacker and Anysa Jordan.
“I think we were able to keep most of the key players from last year's team,” Todd said. “ ... We have a different combination, who can do different things.”
The Colonels will play in their first season in the ASUN Conference.
“Going into the ASUN is an awesome thing for our University and we’re thrilled to be in a new conference,” Todd said. “I think it will help with recruiting and we’re definitely thrilled about that.”
Todd said his main goal is to have a winning season.
“My first goal is to have a winning season … I’m not big on making a lot of lofty goals but certainly within time, we want to be playing in the postseason,” Todd said. “I do like this team a lot for the first year, it’s meshed very well. Part of that is our staff, I have been blessed to have some great coaches.”
The new coaching staff includes assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Abby Owings and assistant coach Coretta Brown. Returning coaches are assistant coach Matt Thune and director of basketball operations Lindsay Hieronymus.
“This staff makes my job very, very easy, that’s definitely been a help,” Todd said. “They work very hard every day with these young ladies.”
Todd said he wants to give every player the best opportunities of playing.
“I think we want to have a brand of basketball that is exciting for fans, I think with COVID being out of the way, we’re going to have better support,” Todd said. “I think it’s important for us to be entertaining and I think playing fast and playing aggressive.”
The Colonels will take on Transylvania on Thursday, Nov. 11 at McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.