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October 23, 2007

Given to Fly: Additions to staff energizing ISU women’s hoops program

TERRE HAUTE — If you’re only counting players, Indiana State’s women’s basketball program has just one newcomer, freshman post Kelsie Cooley.

But the three new assistant coaches on staff are as excited as the players about getting started Sunday with an exhibition game against Bellarmine.

New recruiting coordinator Clint Weddle was able to take part in most of the first week of practice last week on the court where he played his high school basketball. Weddle was a key piece of Terre Haute North’s teams that won sectional and regional championships in 1996 and 1999.

“It’s nice to come home. To come in here and practice. It’s great to have the opportunity to come in here when we don’t have access to Hulman Center,” Weddle said. “I was telling [North] coach [Jim] Jones, the gym looks great.”

Weddle, along with Sarah Shackle and Amy Siegel have hit the ground running since joining coach Jim Wiedie’s staff in early summer. The first priority was to pick up recruiting, which also presented itself as a time for the staff to get re-acquainted with one another.

“The thing that coach Weddle has done a great job of [is] when the old staff left, it was really important that the new [recruiting] coordinator came in to make contact with all those kids that we had an interest in and maintain those relationships,” Wiedie said.

ISU scored Bianca Jarrett, a talented, confident point guard out of Waukegan, Ill., just north of Chicago as well as one of the state of Indiana’s top scorers, Deja Mattox of Maconaquah. Amanda Pedro of a strong program at Fort Wayne Luers program and 6-foot-3 Shannon Thomas of suburban Dayton, Ohio, has also committed.

“[Weddle] did a phenomenal job getting those kids excited about Indiana State and getting them on campus. We’ve been fortunate to close the deal on some kids.”

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