Tennille Adams — Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Ball State University Cardinals
(as of basketball season 2015-16) Tennille Adams was named an assistant coach at Ball State on June 3, 2015.
Adams spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Howard University. Prior to becoming the head coach at Howard, Adams spent five seasons as an assistant at Northwestern University.
At Northwestern, Adams was named defensive coordinator in 2012-13 and offensive coordinator in 2011-12. She helped the Wildcats to the 10th best turn around season in 2009 and was ranked fourth among BCS schools. Adams also played an intricate role in the Wildcats back-to-back Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearances (2009-10 and 2010-11). She also helped in the player development of two First Team All-Big Ten Conference student-athletes, one Third Team All-Big Ten honoree and one Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection.
Prior to arriving at Northwestern, Adams coached at American University where she was responsible for all aspects of recruiting. She also was involved in the development of post players and the point person for academic affairs and external relations within the basketball program.
Adams, a standout player at the University of Arkansas, began her coaching career in 2004 as an assistant at Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville, Texas, before taking a similar position at North Carolina A&T State. She spent two years with the Aggies in Greensboro, N.C., before making the move to Washington D.C.
As a student-athlete at Arkansas, Adams was a member of the 1997-1998 Final Four team and the 1998-99 WNIT Championship team.
Joseph Anders — Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, University of New Mexico Lobos
(as of basketball season 2015-16) Joseph Anders was named an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico in May 2012. Anders has spent over 25 years coaching at the collegiate level, including stops at Arizona State, Arkansas, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Sacramento State and Northern Arizona.
Anders spent the last 11 years with the Sun Devils’ women’s basketball program, serving as an associate head coach for Charli Turner Thorne, then as interim head coach in 2011-12. The Sun Devils posted a 20-12 mark last season under Anders’ direction, and in his 11 years at Arizona State made seven appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Anders’ tie to New Mexico and coach Sanchez dates back to the late `90s, when both coaches worked with the women’s program at New Mexico Sate. Sanchez was with the Aggies from 1993-99 while Anders joined NMSU’s staff in 1996 and stayed until 2000.
Anders played his first two seasons of college basketball at Southern Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark., and completed his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. He graduated from Arkansas-Monticello in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and worked as a student assistant with the men’s team the following season.
Anders moved on to a standout prep coaching stint at Arkansas’ Wilmar High School, capturing a state championship heading the boy’s program and finishing runner-up as the girl’s coach.
After one season as the assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas, Anders began a six-year stint at Sacramento State in 1985. There he served as the assistant men’s coach before being named interim head coach in December 1986.
He continued on as interim head coach from 1987-88 and led the Hornets to one of the most successful seasons in school history, posting a 22-6 mark and making it to the 1988 NCAA Division II Tournament. Sacramento State finished that season ranked eighth in the nation. Anders earned Northern California Coach of the Year honors and was nominated for Regional Coach of the Year. Following that season, he was promoted to head coach, producing a 75-86 record while helping the program move to Division I in 1991-92.
Anders spent 1992-94 as the assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Northern Arizona, helping the Lumberjacks post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in more than 10 years. After his time at NAU, Anders returned to women’s hoops, serving as the assistant coach at Mississippi State from 1994-96, four seasons at NMSU (1996-00) and one season at East Carolina before joining the Sun Devils.
Zenarae Antoine — Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Texas State University
(as of basketball season 2016-17) Zenarae Antoine was named the eighth women’s basketball coach in Texas State University history on April 18, 2011. Antoine comes to San Marcos after three seasons with Arkansas as an assistant coach.
During her time with the Razorbacks, she served as the recruiting coordinator. She opened with back-to-back nationally-ranked recruiting classes that included two players who earned All-SEC recognition as freshmen (Lyndsay Harris and C’eira Ricketts).
Prior to Arkansas, Antoine was the recruiting coordinator at Louisville, and guided the Cardinals to nationally-ranked recruiting classes her four seasons at UL. Her last two recruiting classes were No. 26 for 2006 and No. 25 for 2007.
Prior to Louisville, Antoine spent two seasons as an assistant at Ohio University, her second stint at the school.
Between stints at Ohio, Antoine spent a season as an assistant for College of Charleston, where she served as the lead recruiter for the southern region and also coached posts. She also had administrative duties such as coordinating travel, academics and community service.
Zenarae received her master’s degree from Ohio in 2000 where her coaching career began as a graduate assistant. She coached post players while also helping out with academics.
During her playing career at Colorado State, Antoine was a three-year starter for the Rams. She played her senior season for head coach Tom Collen, who she would work under later at Louisville and Arkansas, as CSU went 24-6 and reached the NCAA second round during his first season as head coach.
As a coach, Antoine has reached the posteseason a total of five times, going twice to the NCAA Tournament (2005, 2006) along with three WNIT appearances (2004, 2009, 2011). Including her playing career her total is seven, after making the second-round of the NCAA Tournament twice during her days at Colorado State.
Chris Ash — Head Football Coach, Rutgers University Scarlet Knights
(as of football season 2016) Chris Ash was named head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ football program on December 7, 2015. Ash arrived `On the Banks,’ with nearly two decades of collegiate coaching experience, including five years in the Big Ten Conference (four as a defensive coordinator) with four B1G Championships.
Ash previously served as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at The Ohio State University and helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship.
Ash was hired by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer in January 2014 to improve a Buckeye defense that placed 112th in pass defense and 47th in total defense in 2013. In his first season, OSU’s defense ranked 19th nationally in total defense and 29th in pass defense. The Buckeyes also ranked fourth in the country with 24 interceptions en route to Big Ten, Sugar Bowl and national championships.
In 2015, the Ohio State defense continued its strides under Ash as they currently rank second in scoring defense nationally and 10th-best in total defense. The Buckeyes entered the postseason with an 11-1 record.
Prior to taking over the OSU defense, Ash held the defensive coordinator post and coached the secondary at the University of Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference in 2013 under head coach Bret Bielema. He helped improve Arkansas’ pass defense in his one season in Fayetteville, with the Razorbacks’ defense finishing 72nd nationally in passing yards allowed after ranking 113th in 2012.
Ash was first promoted to the defensive coordinator role in the Big Ten while at the University of Wisconsin, where he spent three seasons with the Badgers. His 2011 defense led the Big Ten (conference games only) in total defense and pass defense efficiency, and it ranked fourth nationally in fewest passing yards allowed (163.6), 13th in scoring (19.0) and 15th in total defense (316.4). In 2012, the UW defense ranked 15th nationally in total defense (322.5), 17th in scoring (19.1), 18th in fewest passing yards allowed (193.6), 22nd in pass efficiency and 24th against the run (128.9).
Ash began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, Drake University, in 1997. He was promoted to defensive coordinator for the next two seasons before moving on to Iowa State University in 2000. Ash spent eight seasons over two different stints in Ames, including the 2009 season, during which current Houston head coach Tom Herman was also on the staff. Ash progressed from graduate assistant with the Cyclones in 2000-01 to defensive backs coach for a total of six seasons.
The 2007 and 2008 seasons Ash spent at San Diego State University as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Long.
Ash has produced numerous instructional videos, including a three-video series — “Aggressive 4-3 Defense” — that includes shutting down the passing game and stuffing the run segments.
A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, Ash earned his undergraduate degree from Drake in 1996, and was a two-time letterwinner at defensive back for the Bulldogs. He completed his master’s degree in education from Iowa State in 2005.
Tom Aspel — Head Women’s Cross Country Coach, Arkansas Tech University Golden Suns
(as of 2013-14 school year)
De LaSalle High School (Waterford, Ireland) 1973
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas), Bachelor of Science, 1978
Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, Arkansas), Master of Science, 1980
Coach Aspel began his coaching career in 1978 at Arkansas Tech University as the head track coach. He served in that position from 1978-1986. Aspel took the reigns as head cross country coach at Tech in 1994. He also has experience within the United States Track and Field program and the Amateur Athletic Union track program.
Coach Aspel has worked to make the Arkansas Tech cross country program one of the best in the Gulf South Conference since Tech joined the league in 1995. In their first GSC Meet in 1995, the Golden Suns finished 10th. Since then, Tech has finished sixth in 1996, fifth in 1997, fifth in 1998, fifth in 1999, third in 2000 and third in 2001. In 2002, the Suns finished 10th in the GSC Meet.