OTIES EPPS | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Oties Epps will begin his second stint with the Cleveland State women’s basketball team during the 2016-17 season, serving as the associate head coach for the Vikings. Epps’ first stint as an assistant for Kate Peterson Abiad came from 2004-08, when Epps was part of Cleveland State’s first-ever Horizon League Championship.
Epps rejoins the Viking coaching staff 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 first season on the sidelines with the Cleveland State women’s basketball team during the 2016-17 campaign and her fifth season as a collegiate coach. Mentz-Bruce will serve as an assistant coach for the Vikings, as well as the recruiting coordinator.
Mentz-Bruce comes to Cleveland State 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
Kevin McManaman will begin his first year as an assistant coach on the Cleveland State sidelines during the 2016-17 season, bringing with him over 20 years of coaching experience.
Most recently, McManaman served as a national evaluator for Blue Star Recruiting, and was an assistant coach for the girl’s junior varsity and varsity basketball teams at Lyons Township High School.
His most recent stint in collegiate basketball came at Northern Illinois, where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach. During his tenure with the Huskies, McManaman helped coach a first-team All-MAC honoree in Amanda Corral, while Kelly Smith garnered All-Freshman team accolades under his guidance.
Before NIU, McManaman spent two years at Milwaukee, serving as an assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator. In just two seasons with the Panthers, McManaman had three players earn All-Newcomer Team honors, including Angela Rodriguez who was named the 2010-11 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year. Along with his recruiting responsibilities, McManaman also assisted with on-floor coaching and post player skill development – where he mentored Lindsay Laur to First Team All-League accolades.
Prior to spending one year on the sidelines at Dominican University, McManaman had a nine-year tenure at UIC where he was an integral part of the Flames’ ascension to the top of the Horizon League. While McManaman was an assistant coach at UIC, the Flames earned a postseason berth for the first time in program history, playing in the WNIT during the 2006-07 season. Under McManaman’s guidance, 13 players earned All-League honors at UIC, while five Flames were named to the All-Newcomer team during his tenure.
McManaman got his start at the Division I level during the 2000-01 season, when he was on the Marquette sideline as an assistant coach.
McManaman’s first collegiate coaching opportunity came at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he was an assistant women’s basketball coach and assistant softball coach. During his three-year tenure with the Cardinal softball team, McManaman was an integral part of the 2000 Division III National Championship softball team.
A native of LaGrange, Ill., McManaman earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 1992, and earned his master’s in sport administration from UW-La Crosse in 1999.
KELLIEN HENDERSON | DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
Kellien Henderson is entering her fifth season with the women’s basketball team, and will be serving as the director of basketball operations. Henderson will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the team, travel arrangements, and practice coordination.
Prior to joining the Viking family, Henderson served as an administrative assistant on the Cleveland State campus. Henderson has held multiple marketing and event coordination roles in the past, which has been a huge asset for the Vikings during her time with the women’s basketball program.
Henderson is a 2006 graduate of Alabama A&M University, earning a bachelor of science in marketing. She also earned a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2009.
IMANI GORDON | GRADUATE MANAGER
Imani Gordon will begin her second season as a graduate assistant with the Cleveland State women’s basketball team during 2016-17, continuing her role on the coaching staff after spending four years in a Viking uniform.
Gordon recently completed her standout career at CSU, serving as an integral part of the Viking lineup from 2011-2015. The Akron, Ohio native finished her career ranked in the top-10 in the CSU Career Record Book in points (10th – 1,323), rebounds (8th – 753), defensive rebounds (3rd – 510), offensive rebounds (5th – 243), free throws made (3rd – 400), and games started (10th – 94), while earning First Team All-Horizon League honors as a junior and Second Team All-Horizon League accolades as a senior.
Gordon graduated from Cleveland State with a degree in psychology and is currently pursuing her graduate degree.