If you want to accomplish more, you get more experienced people. Matthew Mitchell knows that. He has made a major coup in his signing of Jeff House as his new Asst. Coach. House brings 27 years of experience from the bench to Kentucky, and has been an assistant in the WNBA since it’s inception. He will be able to bring the world of the WNBA to the recruits at UK. Perhaps even much more importantly, to the potential recruits.
If Kentucky is going to compete with the UConn’s and Tennessee’s of the world of Women’s College Basketball, they are going to have to get the very best talent. House brings the knowledge of being on the bench in the WNBA and knowing it’s good AND bad parts and will be able to steer Kentucky players through the waters of what to expect at the next level.
With House’s expertise, and the rest of the staff intact after Coach Matt Insell accepted the job at Ole Miss, Kentucky should be in a very comfortable place come fall. Coaches like House are invaluable when it comes to being able to provide college players insight and advice.
After seven seasons with the New York Liberty and one year as the top assistant coach with the Washington Mystics, House helped develop Monica Wright, who was chosen by the Minnesota Lynx as the second overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft. He also played a role in recruiting 2009 WNBA draft picks Aisha Mohammed (Minnesota) and Lyndra Littles (Connecticut) and 2008 draft pick Sharnee Zoll (Los Angeles Sparks).
With the New York Liberty, House was instrumental in the team’s 1999, 2000 and 2002 WNBA Eastern Conference Championship titles. Under his tutelage the Liberty made four appearances in the Eastern Conference Championship series, three appearances in the WNBA Finals and he coached in three WNBA All-Star games. House initially joined the Liberty in 1998 as the video coordinator and advance scout after spending the 1997-98 season as a member of the New York Knicks video staff.
Coaching & Professional Experience- From UKAthletics.com
|Chicago Sky, assistant coach
|Virginia Basketball Academy, Assistant Director
|Fast Model Technologies, consultant
|University of Virginia, assistant coach, women’s basketball
|NBA-TV, basketball analyst/2005 WNBA playoffs
|Washington Mystics, assistant coach
|NBA-TV, basketball analyst/Game of the Week in the NBDL
|NBA-TV, basketball analyst/WNBA 2004 playoffs
|New York Liberty, assistant coach
|New York Liberty, video coordinator & advance scout
|New York Knicks, video operations assistant
|HOOP Headquarters, President & On-Court Director
|People-To-People Sports All-Star Tour, Holland, head coach
|Rutgers University, assistant coach, men’s basketball
|Jacksonville University, assistant coach, men’s basketball
|University of Lowell, assistant coach, men’s basketball
|Elmira College, assistant coach, men’s basketball
|McQuaid Jesuit HS (N.Y.), assistant coach, boy’s basketball
Another big-time success for Coach Mitchell. I cannot stress enough how big this is. He brings the pro game to Kentucky. That should send a lot more A’Dia Mathies’ type players to the WNBA Green Room on draft day.