Clarksville, Ark.-Four new assistant coaches have been hired at the University of the Ozarks, announced athletics director Jimmy Clark this week.
Colby Keesee is the new assistant women’s soccer coach. Keesee brings four years of NCAA I playing experience to the Lady Eagles’ program. A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Keesee was a four-year letterman and a two-year starter at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. During her collegiate career, Keesee helped the Trojans to the conference tournament her freshman and junior seasons. Keesee was a two-time All-State and a three-time All-Conference player at Fort Smith Southside High School where she was a three-year starter and led the Lady Rebels to the finals of the state championship her junior year. Keesee’s club experience includes stints on the Arkansas Express and Fayetteville Comets. She also was a member of the Arkansas ODP team for one season. She graduated from UALR with a bachelor’s degree in health science.
Amanda Stang is the new assistant men’s and women’s cross country coach. Stang was a four-year member of the cross country team at Ozarks and holds the third fastest women’s 5K time in school history. She received the team’s Coaches Award in 2006 and was a member of the ASC All-Academic Team for three years. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Stang is currently pursuing her degree in music at Ozarks.
Luke Hammond and Bradley James have been added to the men’s basketball program as assistant coaches. A native of Yorktown, Va., Hammond played at Averett University in Danville, Va., three for years. He was team captain his junior season. He was a student assistant at Averett during the 2006-2007 season, helping the Cougars earn a spot in the NCAA III tournament for the first time in 17 years. Hammond’s summer camp experience includes working with the Prep All-Stars Camp in Nashville, Tenn., Blacksburg, Va. and Charlotte, N.C. Hammond graduated from York High School (Va.) and received Second Team All-Conference honors his senior season. He is a 2007 graduate of Averett University where he majored in Physical Education.
James was a volunteer assistant boy’s basketball coach at Rogers High School during the 2006-2007 season. A native of Heber Springs, Ark., Bradley received his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 2007.