Stone Completes Womenís Basketball Staff
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University head women's basketball coach Lisa Stone has announced that Amy Stephens and Brian "Lou" DiFeo have been added to the Billiken staff as assistant coaches, and Brittney Marshall has been retained as director of operations and video coordinator.
Stephens, DiFeo and Marshall join associate head coach Barb Smith, who joined the program earlier this month. Stone (26), Stephens (17) and Smith (five) have 48 years of collegiate head-coaching experience among them.
"It is with energy and excitement that I announce the remainder of my staff for the upcoming year," Stone said. "We have found coaches who have experience, passion and tremendous vision to help build a championship program at Saint Louis University. Every member of our staff shares in the Saint Louis philosophy of educating, competing and building community.
"I take great pleasure in welcoming Amy, Lou and Brittney to the Billiken family," Stone said. "I could not be more excited about this staff. Barb, Amy, Lou and Brittney are quality people with quality values. We will work as a team to help Saint Louis University women's basketball grow to exciting new heights."
Stephens most recently served as head coach at Drake, where she compiled a 151-130 record in nine seasons. Drake earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2007, and the 2011-12 Bulldogs made the program's fourth WNIT appearance under Stephens' guidance. The 2007-08 Drake squad was 23-11 and captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.
Stephens came to Drake after one year as an assistant coach at Nebraska and eight years as head coach at Nebraska-Kearney, where she assembled a 197-43 ledger and earned a master's degree. The 1991 Nebraska graduate carries a 17-year career mark of 348-173. Stephens also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa State, one season as an assistant coach at Omaha (Neb.) South High School and one year as a student assistant coach at Nebraska.
A Big 8 first-team All-Conference selection and Kodak All-District choice in 1989, Stephens ranks third in points and steals and fourth in assists and 3-point field goals on the Nebraska career charts. She was a member of the 1989 U.S. National Team and played professionally in the Women's Basketball League in Germany.
"Amy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a successful head coach," Stone said. "She has done it all in women's basketball as a player and as a coach. Amy has tremendous drive and vision and is a great teacher of the game. She is well connected in the Midwest and will be an asset in recruiting quality student-athletes.
"Amy will be assigned as our defensive coordinator and will work primarily with our perimeter players," Stone said. "She is widely respected by her peers, and we are thrilled to have her join our staff."
DiFeo, a 1996 Central Florida graduate, brings 11 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience to Saint Louis. Most recently, he spent one season at Kent State as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, helping lead the Golden Flashes to a 20-10 record and a WNIT appearance. He served two years as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Florida Atlantic, where he was instrumental in recruiting a 10-player class that was ranked 52nd nationally. The Owls registered a 9-9 Sun Belt Conference record in DiFeo's first season and a 10-8 mark in his second campaign following consecutive 2-16 seasons.
During four seasons as an assistant coach at UT Martin, DiFeo helped lead the 2006-07 Skyhawks to 17 victories and Division I's ninth-best turnaround from the previous season. As UTM's recruiting coordinator, he helped land three players who garnered Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer accolades.
DiFeo spent one year as head coach at Montevallo; one season as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at South Alabama, helping guide the Jaguars to a 19-11 record, the Sun Belt regular-season crown and a WNIT berth; and two seasons at Birmingham-Southern, where he was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for a team that went a combined 35-20 in its first two seasons of Division I membership. He had two stints as a high school boys' assistant coach, helping Homewood (Ala.) win 65 games in three seasons and Oviedo (Fla.) finish as the Florida Class 6A state runner-up while posting a 30-4 record.
"Lou is an experienced assistant coach and is well respected in the coaching community," Stone said. "He has extensive experience in scouting opponents and recruiting. Lou has an energetic personality and connects very well with coaches and student-athletes.
"Lou will assist with game preparation and scouting as well as with recruiting and development of our post players," Stone said. "I am excited to have him as a member of our staff."
Marshall came to SLU two years ago after working as a special-projects intern for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She coordinated the WBCA's "So You Want To Be A Coach" conference at the Women's Final Four and assisted with the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and Pink Zone Initiative among other duties.
Marshall spent the summer prior to her senior year at Loyola University Chicago as a director of basketball operations intern with the WNBA's Chicago Sky. Her experience also includes four summers as a counselor at the Tim Hardaway Basketball Camp, a stint as a volunteer assistant coach for the Percy Julian Junior High (Oak Park, Ill.) girls' and boys' basketball teams and several years as a YMCA camp leader for the Women's Youth Basketball League in Oak Park.
Marshall is a 2009 graduate of Loyola Chicago, earning a bachelor's degree in communication. She played two seasons for the Ramblers after transferring from Southeastern Illinois College."I decided to retain Brittney because of her outstanding abilities and great work ethic," Stone said. "She is a rising young star in the business and will oversee our travel, equipment, community service and day-to-day needs. Brittney is a relentless worker and has a wonderful personality. It is my pleasure to welcome her back to SLU."