The Missouri women’s basketball team rounded out its coaching staff on Monday by hiring Doshia Woods as an assistant coach and the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Besides leading Missouri’s recruiting efforts, Woods’ main duties are to work with the guards and help with scouting. Head coach Cindy Stein said Woods stood out because Stein has known her from Woods’ days as a player at Barton County (Kan.) Community College and Western Illinois and was impressed with the type of player she was.
“I know the program she’s been in, she’s been very well coached,” Stein said. “She was a very hard-nosed player, a very tough player. I think all those kinds of things transcend into what you are as a coach.”
Woods comes to Missouri from Oregon State where she had been an assistant coach specializing in recruiting and guard play for the past three seasons. Stein said she knew Woods was a strong recruiter because she saw her working on the recruiting trail at hours when most assistant coaches would already be asleep, and from positive feedback from players.
“When you get on the phone with recruits, you ask them who they connect with and who they’re talking to and her name is constantly thrown out there,” Stein said.
She replaces Matt Daniel, Missouri’s former assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, who left the team during the season to become the head coach of Central Arkansas’ women’s basketball team. The Tigers have been down to only two assistant coaches since Daniel left in January, and Woods’ hire comes at a good time for recruiting. Missouri will have an evaluation weekend, a three-day period designated by the NCAA for Missouri coaches to recruit off-campus, and Stein said the coaches will take advantage by going to tournaments where more than 100 teams will be playing. The next time they will get to go off-campus is in July.
“This is a great opportunity for us to be recruiting 2009, 2010, 2011 recruits,” Stein said. “It was very important to bring her aboard so that she is out on the road with us.”
MILLS PROGRESSING WELL: Stein said point guard Bekah Mills is back in “full swing” in practice. Stein said Mills, who is recovering from a torn ACL in her right knee that forced her to sit out her freshman season, should be ready to play at the start of next season.