Sept. 13, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head women's basketball coach Raegan Pebley announced Friday that she has promoted assistant coach Hanna Howard to the title of associate head coach and hired Angela Gonzaga as director of operations.
"I am excited to announce Hanna's promotion to associate head coach," Pebley said. "She and I share a partnership with the rest of the staff in leading with integrity and impacting the lives of our women's basketball players and continuing the success of Fresno State women's basketball. She deserves this promotion and we look forward to her ongoing contributions to our program."
Howard enters her second season at Fresno State and her fourth season coaching with Pebley, as she was also an assistant coach under her at Utah State before Pebley was hired to coach the Bulldogs.
In her first season at Fresno State, Howard helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships.
Howard, who helps direct the Bulldogs' defensive game plan, coached Fresno State into a team that hung its hat on playing pressure defense. The Bulldogs ranked No. 3 in the NCAA in steals with 12.9 per game, doing so while only fouling 12.1 times per game to rank No. 7 nationally for the fewest fouls committed per game. No other NCAA team ranked in the top 20 in both steals per game and fewest fouls.
"I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Raegan for the past three years," Howard said. "She has provided me many opportunities to learn and grow in this profession and I look forward to continuing to be a part of the CLIMB of Fresno State women's basketball. I am humbled by this gesture from her and the administration here at Fresno State."
In addition to Howard's promotion Pebley has brought on Gonzaga as the team's new director of operations, replacing Shane Rinner who took a job as associate head coach for the men's basketball team and associate athletics director at Fresno Pacific.
"Angela is ready to hit the ground sprinting," Pebley said. "She has the experience to impact many different behind the scenes elements of our program that are vital. I have known Angela for a long time and so grateful that we are able to work together."
Gonzaga comes to Fresno State from San Jose State where she was the learning specialist for the Spartans' Department of Athletics in 2012-13 and prior to that was the director of operations for the women's basketball team.
"I feel very excited and honored to join this coaching staff and program," Gonzaga said. "I believe whole heartedly in the values and culture they are building and living on a daily basis and am confident that together we will empower and encourage these young women to be their best selves on and off the court, now and always. I cannot wait to dig in and be a good teammate in my role."
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