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Rodney Rogan named new assistant for the UNO's Women's Basketball team

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Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014 13:01

Rodney Rogan is the newest addition to the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s women’s basketball coaching staff.  Rogan will join the team as an assistant coach, which was announced last Tuesday by interim head coach Brittany Lange.  Rogan is replacing the void left by former assistant coach Jesyka Burks-Wiley who left UNO to take an assistant coaching position at UMass-Lowell    The coaching staff will also be adding former director of operations Elisha Turek, as an assistant coach.  The two will join Lee Addudel as the threesome of assistant coaches under Lange for the Lady Mavs this season.

Coach Lang said about the hiring of Rogan, “We are very excited for Coach Rogan to be joining our staff.  I have seen firsthand his tremendous enthusiasm, work ethic and true passion to develop players and teams. He brings great knowledge and a very detailed perspective on how to mold players, specifically our front court. Rodney is used to wearing many different hats on the coaching side, which has made him an extremely well-rounded coach. We look forward to his great contributions to our program.”

Lange has already worked with Rogan in the past as the two were instructors at Point Guard College in 2008.

Coach Rogan is no stranger to the court as he enters his first season here in Omaha after spending the past eight seasons playing and then coaching at Millsapps College, a Division III school in Jackson, Miss.  Rodney was a four year starter at the forward position for the Majors and finished in the top ten in career statistics such as points (1,355, 7th), rebounds (580, 8th) and assists (245, 6th).  He was also a three-time All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference selection as well as a two-time SCAC player of the week.  His senior season he led Millsaps to a school record 28 wins, an Elite Eight finish in the Division III National Tournament, and was later named to the All-Sectional team.  
Rogan has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Majors as well as their strength and conditioning coach.  Rogan’s primary focus was on coaching the forwards, and he helped mentor five all-conference players in his time there.

“I could not be more excited to get started with the women’s basketball program here at UNO,” Rogan said about joining the Mavs for the upcoming season.”There is a strong sense of community at this school, and I already feel so welcome. I’m looking forward to working with Coach Lange again. She has a passion for basketball and is a great teacher of the game.”

Elisha Turek was promoted last week to assistant coach after spending last season as UNO women’s basketball director of operations.  Turek, a Council Bluffs, Iowa native starred at Oral Roberts University from 2003-2007.  She won numerous Mid-Con Conference awards including four-time all-conference, Mid-Con Tournament MVP and Mid-Con player of the year her senior season.  In her four years there, she helped lead the Golden Eagles to two NCAA Tournament appearances and ended her career at ORU with more then 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.  After her outstanding college career, Turek went on to play for the Chicago Sky of the WNBA and later played two seasons overseas in the top women’s basketball league in Spain.  
The Mavericks’ next contest will be Nov. 8 as they make a trip south to Lafayette, La. to take on the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette University

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