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COACHING STAFF

JODI STEYER  |  ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH

Jodi Steyer is in her 15th season on the Cyclone coaching staff, after rejoining Bill Fennelly's staff in May 2002. She spent six seasons as his assistant at Toledo.

She was promoted to Associate Head Coach in June of 2012.

Steyer has been an integral part of the Cyclones' 11 postseason bids in the last 13 seasons, including the 2009 NCAA Elite Eight berth, the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16 and the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament in 2004.

She has helped Fennelly guide the Cyclones to the NCAA Championships in each of the last nine seasons, including 2012-13 when Iowa State went 24-9 and finished in second place in the Big 12.

Steyer oversees the Cyclone backcourt and has had the opportunity to work with some of the best guards in Iowa State and Big 12 history. Most recently, Steyer coached Seanna Johnson who earned All-Big 12 First-Team honors in 2015-16 and finished second in the league in both points and rebounds.

Steyer also coached Nikki Moody, who was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team in 2015, while finishing eighth nationally with 6.8 assists per game. In her senior campaign she broke Iowa State's career assists record with 745 to her name before being named an honorable mention All-American by the WBCA. In the 2012-13 season, Moody broke Iowa State's single season assist record with 238 dimes. Moody became Iowa State's 13th WNBA Draft pick in school history when she was selected by the San Antonio Stars as the 33rd overall pick in 2015.

She coached Kelsey Bolte to All-America honors in 2011. After averaging 10.6 points per game during the first three years of her career, the unanimous All-Big 12 selection averaged 16.9 as a senior to post one of the best individual seasons in school history.

Steyer helped guide Alison Lacey to All-America honors in 2010. Under Steyer's tutelage, Lacey was the highest WNBA pick in school history, chosen 10th by the Seattle Storm, and was a unanimous All-Big 12 selection. Demonstrating her versatility, Lacey was just the second player in school history to record a triple-double and the only player in ISU history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a career.

Steyer also came on board for Lindsey Wilson's final season at ISU as she made her way into second place on the school's career scoring chart with 1,875 points. She also helped guide Lyndsey Medders to a school-record 719 career assists and 1,449 career points.

Iowa State is one of the nation's most prolific three-point shooting teams under Steyer's guidance, leading the Big 12 in three-pointers in all but one season since the inception of the conference. The Cyclones also own nearly every three-point mark in the Big 12 record book.

A native of Burlington, Wis., Steyer was a four-year letterwinner and starter at Colorado State. She finished her career as the Rams' all-time leading scorer (1,598). She earned first-team all-High Country Conference honors three times and academic all-league honors all four years. The former forward earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from CSU in 1989.

Steyer joined Fennelly at Toledo in 1989, working primarily with the Rocket post players. She coached five all-conference players and two Mid-American Conference players of the year, including current Iowa State assistant Latoja Schaben (1993). Fennelly and Steyer guided Toledo to a 141-45 record in six seasons, including five postseason appearances. Steyer spent an additional year at Toledo after Fennelly left for Iowa State, helping the Rockets to a 25-6 record and an NCAA Championship berth in 1996.

Steyer and her husband, Ed, have a daughter (Jamie) and a son (Eric).

 

LATOHA SCHABEN  |  ASSISTANT COACH

Latoja Schaben, who played for head coach Bill Fennelly at Toledo, is in her 20th season on the Cyclone staff. During her tenure in Ames, Iowa State has compiled an overall record of 413-201 and made 17 postseason appearances.

Just as she helped Fennelly propel Toledo into the national spotlight as an All-American center for the Rockets, she joined her mentor on the sidelines at ISU to build a nationally recognized program. In her first season, the Cyclones recorded their first 25-win season (25-8).

Schaben has been part of many ISU women's basketball firsts, celebrating a pair of Big 12 Championship titles (2000, 2001), a share of the 2000 regular-season conference crown and two trips to the NCAA Championship's Elite Eight. She saw the Cyclones win over top-seeded Connecticut in 1999 to shock the women's basketball world and send ISU to its first NCAA Elite Eight. She was on the sidelines 10 years later when ISU used a come-from-behind victory to knock of Michigan State in 2009 for its second Elite Eight berth in school history.

She saw ISU become a mainstay in the national rankings over a three-year stretch, including the team's highest spot at No. 4, and has helped direct the Cyclones to 12 NCAA Championship berths. In addition to the two Elite Eight appearances, Schaben has coached ISU in three more Sweet Sixteen contests, including its most recent trip in 2010, and a total of 25 NCAA Championship games. In 2004 and 2006, the Cyclones were selected to play in the WNIT, advancing to the semifinals in 2004.

Schaben's primary assignment is working with the Cyclone post players. Schaben helped coach Chelsea Poppens to All-America honors twice in her career. Poppens was the only player to average a double-double in the nation's toughest conference in 2011-12 and went on to become just the 14th player in Big 12 history to record 1,000 career points and rebounds.

Poppens and fellow post player Anna Prins were second-round WNBA draft picks in 2013. Forward Hallie Christofferson followed suitearning All-Big 12 First-Team honors as a junior  and senior, en route to back-to-back All-America honors.

Schaben also tutored Iowa State's all-time leading scorer, Angie Welle. She saw Welle post 54 career double-doubles and earn nine All-America honors in her career. She also played a role in developing Brittany Wilkins, who went on to a professional basketball career both in the WNBA and overseas. Schaben has also coached Nicky Wieben, ISU's most prolific shot blocker. Prins earned Big 12 All-Freshman accolades and all three 2009-10 newcomers won Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Week accolades at some point during the season. Christofferson also earned Big 12 All-Freshman honors in 2010-11.

Prior to arriving in Ames, Schaben joined the professional basketball ranks for three years. She played in Portugal, Italy, Finland and Turkey, averaging double-figures in both scoring and rebounding her entire professional career and leading all of her teams to the finals for the first time in the programs' history.

At Toledo, Schaben was an honorable mention All-American center, lettering three years and earning 1993 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors. Schaben graduated from UT in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in communications.

The Mansfield, Ohio, native was inducted into the Toledo Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Mansfield Senior Hall of Fame in 2003. Schaben, who married Scott in 2007, has a daughter (Jasmine).

 

BILLY FENNELLY  |  ASSISTANT COACH

Billy Fennelly is in his fifth season as an assistant coach after spending two seasons as the director of player development for Iowa State women's basketball.

In 2012-13, Fennelly's first as an assistant coach, Iowa State went 24-9 overall and finished second in the Big 12. The Cyclones, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, saw forwards Hallie Christofferson and Chelsea Poppens earn All-America and All-Big 12 First-Team honors. Poppens and fellow senior Anna Prins were second round WNBA draft picks.

In 2013-14, the Cyclones continued their storied success with another 20-win season and the program's eighth-consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament. Star forward Hallie Christofferson earned All-America honors for the second straight year, while Iowa State became the first Big 12 school to place two freshmen on the All-Big 12 Freshman team with Jadda Buckley and Seanna Johnson earning honors.

The 2014-15 season saw the Cyclones advance to the NCAA Tournament for a ninth-straight time. Senior point guard Nikki Moody was drafted 33rd overall by the San Antonio Stars and also broke ISU's career assist record with 745 to her name.

Three of Iowa State's last four recruiting classes ranked in the top-25 nationally by the recruiting service All Star Girls Report.

In his two seasons as director of player development, Fennelly coordinated ISU video operations for player development, works with student-athletes on life skill development and is involved with community outreach. His responsibilities also include assisting with on-campus recruiting activities, serving as the liaison for other department units, such as marketing, academic services and equipment, and the oversight of Iowa State's women's basketball social media.

Prior to returning to Iowa State, Fennelly spent two years as the director of basketball operations on Joe McKeown's women's basketball staff at Northwestern University. In 2009-10, he saw the Wildcats double their winning total from the previous season for an 18-15 overall record and the third biggest turnaround by a BCS team last season. NU also made the round of 16 in the Women's National Invitational Tournament, the first time in 13 years the Wildcats advanced to postseason play.

Fennelly also spent one season on Brenda Frese's staff at the University of Maryland. During the 2007-08 season, he served as the administrative assistant to the recruiting coordinator, in a season where the Terrapins finished 33-4 and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final.

Fennelly previously spent three seasons on his father's staff, serving as a team manager for the Cyclones from 2004 to 2007. He is married to former ISU point guard Lyndsey Medders and the couple have one son, William.

 

JOSH CARPER  |  DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Josh Carper is in his eighth season on the Iowa State women's basketball staff, after spending five seasons with the Cyclone men's team.

Since joining the staff in 2008-09, Carper has seen the Cyclones post a record of 167-92 and advance to seven NCAA Tournaments. Iowa State has advanced to the Elite Eight in 2008-09 and the Sweet 16 in 2009-10 during Carper's tenure.

Carper's roll on staff includes scheduling practices, team travel, assisting with camps, budgets, alumni relations and game scheduling.

Carper served as the associate for operations on the ISU men's basketball staff in 2007-08, and he previously spent four years as a student manager for the Cyclone men's team.

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Carper was part of a men's NIT Final Four team and an NCAA Championship squad as a student manager. He also assisted with the women's team in its 2007 NCAA Championship appearance as a manager.

As the men's associate for operations, Carper assisted the staff with day-to-day operations, including pregame scouting and video editing.

Carper earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Iowa State in 2007. He is also married to former Iowa State guard Kelsey Bolte.

 

ADAM URNESS  |  COORDINATOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Adam Urness joined the Cyclone women's basketball staff in October of 2016 as the coordinator player development. Urness joins the Cyclones after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Simpson College, and the last two with the women’s basketball team.

Urness will assist the coaching staff with all aspects of video editing for both the Cyclones’ and opponent scouts. He will also gather and provide analytical data for player development.

Prior to serving as an assistant coach at Simpson, Urness was a graduate assistant at Drake where he oversaw recruiting coordination, video editing and also assisted with the program budget and scouting report preparations.

In addition to his work in-season, he also spent his summers while in school at Simpson working with the AAU organization, Kingdom Hoops, and coached at over 40 basketball camps throughout the Midwest.

Urness earned his undergraduate degree in May of 2012 from Simpson College in sports administration with a minor in coaching.