OTIES EPPS | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Oties Epps will begin his sixth year as part of the Cleveland State coaching staff during the 2017-18 season, and his second as the associate head coach. Epps, who was part of Cleveland State's first-ever Horizon League Championship team during the 2007-08 season, is serving in his second stint with the Vikings after an eight-year hiatus.
Epps rejoined the Viking coaching staff prior to the 2016-17 season after a five-year stint as the head coach at Evansville, where he led the Purple Aces back to the postseason and guided Evansville to its deepest MVC Tournament run in recent years. Throughout Epps’ tenure at Evansville (2011-16), four Purple Aces earned nine All-Missouri Valley Conference honors, including Sara Dickey who became just the second player in program history to earn MVC Freshman of the Year accolades during the 2013-14 season.
Prior to his time at Evansville, Epps spent three seasons at Wisconsin, serving as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons and then as the defensive coordinator for the 2010-11 campaign. During his three-year tenure with the Badgers, Epps helped Wisconsin to a 56-31 record, while Wisconsin played in the postseason every year, including an NCAA Tournament appearance during 2009-10.
During his first stint at Cleveland State, Epps helped Peterson Abiad grow a four-win team into a NCAA Tournament participant, as the Vikings captured the Horizon League championship and automatic bid during the 2007-08 season, his final year with the Vikings. Throughout his four years on the Cleveland State sidelines, Epps helped mentor three players to nine all-league honors, including Kailey Klein who was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year (2006-07) and Dominique Butler who earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades (2007-08).
Epps got his start in collegiate coaching at his alma mater Wisconsin-Stout, where he served as an assistant coach for the men’s team during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. Epps began his collegiate career at Mt. Senario College before transferring to Wisconsin-Stout where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and later his master’s degree in Education.
STEPHANIE MENTZ-BRUCE | ASSISTANT COACH
Stephanie Mentz-Bruce will begin her second season on the sidelines with the Cleveland State women’s basketball team during the 2017-18 campaign and her sixth season as a collegiate coach. Mentz-Bruce will serve as an assistant coach for the Vikings, as well as the recruiting coordinator.
Mentz-Bruce joined the Vikings after a four-year stint at Notre Dame College where she served as an assistant coach from 2012-15 and as an associate head coach during the 2015-16 season. During her four years with the Falcons, Mentz-Bruce helped NDC post a 67-48 record, including a pair of 20-win seasons during 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Prior to her time with the Falcons, Mentz-Bruce spent 13 years as an assistant and head coach at the high school level, spending time at four various schools around the Cleveland area, ending at Midpark High School where she posted an 85-49 record during six seasons as the head coach.
During her time at Midpark, Mentz-Bruce was named the Southwestern Conference Coach of the Year three times, and was also named the District Coach of the Year during her tenure.
A Cleveland native, Mentz-Bruce is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College.
KEVIN McMANAMAN | ASSISTANT COACH
KELLY BRUCE | DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
RACHEL GODDARD | GRADUATE MANAGER
Rachel Goddard is beginning her first season with the Cleveland State women’s basketball team, serving as the team’s graduate assistant for the 2017-18 season. Goddard will be responsible for a variety of gameday duties, along with assisting in the day-to-day operations of the women’s basketball office.
Goddard joins the Vikings following a standout career at Division II Malone University where she was a three-time All-League honoree. As the team’s leading scorer during her junior and senior seasons, Goddard eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone during her final campaign and helped the Pioneers capture the G-MAC tournament title – earning a berth in the NCAA DII tournament for the first time in program history.
A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, Goddard graduated from Malone in May of 2017 with a degree in psychology and is currently pursuing her graduate degree at Cleveland State.
RACHEL KUCHARCYZK | VIDEO COORDINATOR
Rachel Kucharczyk will begin her second season with the Cleveland State women’s basketball team, serving as the team’s video coordinator.
Kucharczyk, a native of Seven Hills, Ohio, is responsible for gameday filming, practice film break down, assisting with scouting reports, as well as creating the year-end highlight videos. Kucharczyk also assists in the day-to-day operations of the women’s basketball office.
Kucharczyk is currently a junior at Cleveland State, pursuing a degree in occupational therapy.