Keith Ferguson and Mandi Carver hired as assistant coaches, Tom Perkins brought on as director of operations
Last updated on May 22, 2014
Mandi Carver, a former Big Sky Conference Player of the Year who enjoyed a decorated professional career, begins her first season as an assistant coach with the Fresno State women's basketball team. She was hired on May 21, 2014.
Carver last was an assistant coach at San Jose State from 2011-13 and before that served one season as an assistant at Bakersfield. At both schools she held the role of recruiting coordinator as well to her coaching duties. At SJSU, working with the post players, she was instrumental in the development of first-team All-WAC forward Brittany Johnson, who led the WAC in scoring in 2011-12 at 20.1 points per game.
In her lone season at Bakersfield, she played an integral role in helping the team achieve a record 22 wins and advance all the way to the Women's Basketball Invitation championship game.
Carver got into coaching after a lengthy and distinguished professional playing career. After signing as a free agent with the Detroit Shock of the WNBA in 2002, she played professionally overseas from 2002-09 with the Duran Maquinaria Ensino, AD Vargos, Asteras Exarheion, Antranik-Beirut, TTT-Riga, CSKA-Sofia, Brunnen Basket, Panathinaikos and COB Calais.
She helped lead her teams to championships in the French League, the Swiss Cup, Adriatic League, Bulgarian League, Latvian League, Arad Club and was a EuroCup Competition participant.
Individually, Carver was honored as the Swiss League MVP, Latvian League MVP, was a two-time All-Star selection in Greece and the Arab Clubs Tournament MVP.
Carver played collegiately at Idaho State, where she was a three-time All-Big Sky selection, the 2001 Big Sky Player of the Year, a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and was honored as one of the Big Sky Conference Top 25 Female Athletes.
She graduated as Idaho State's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots and as a senior in 2001-02 led the nation in rebounding.
Carver graduated from Idaho State in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in arts and communication. She also obtained a master's of accounting and financial management in 2008 from the Keller Graduate School of Management.