Recent alumna Michaela Mack ‘20 has been hired as assistant women’s basketball coach at Crowder College in Neosha, Missouri.
While she prepares for this next step in her athletic career, she reflects on her fond memories of Newman.
“My time at Newman was a very enjoyable experience,” said Mack. “I created numerous relationships with not only teammates but other students and faculty. Newman is kind of the best of both worlds, you get a big campus feel while also being able to create very close relationships with instructors and fellow classmates.”
In addition to having a good educational experience and building numerous relationships, Mack learned a variety of valuable lessons that she will carry with her to Crowder.
“While at Newman I got to learn a whole new style of play that I never experienced before. Coach (Darin) Spence has been a part of the game for a long time and is very knowledgeable in all aspects that contribute to a successful program. In my two years playing for him, I learned so many valuable concepts that would be beneficial to bring with me on my new journey.”
Though this journey is new to her, parts of it will be familiar, perhaps even nostalgic, as Newman isn’t her only alma mater.
“I previously went to Crowder College and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 2016. I played for Head Coach Tina Wilson who informed me of the opening at Crowder.”
Though she has gained a deeper understanding of her field in her time at Crowder and Newman, Mack’s passion for basketball began when she was much younger.
“(Basketball) is something that my family and I have bonded over. My dad was my coach for most of my childhood so just from being a coach’s kid, I developed a deeper relationship and understanding of the game. With coaching, I still get to continue being a part of the game.
“Honestly, I am excited about the experience as a whole. This is a great opportunity and to just be a part of the growth of a program is a blessing.”
Mack said her main goal will be to help young women grow not only athletically, but personally.