Stephanie Fisher | Assistant Coach
Aquinas women's basketball head coach Brian Morris announced that Stephanie Fisher would remain on the Aquinas coaching staff as an assistant coach. She previously served as a graduate assistant for Aquinas as well as the head coach of the Lake Superior State University junior varsity team.
Fisher's duties this year at AQ will include player development for the team's guards, offensive concepts, day-to-day operations and recruiting in the West Michigan area.
In her previous role at Aquinas, Fisher was responsible for recruiting varsity and junior varsity players as well as organizing, managing and scheduling a 20-game JV season. She also assisted with the varsity programs by organizing weekly workouts, academic meetings, travel needs, food and hotel reservations and social media for the team. Fisher was also in charge of the strength and conditioning program.
Fisher was a part of Aquinas's 2017-18 season in which the team qualified for the NAIA National Tournament and finished as the runner-up in both the WHAC regular season standings and conference championship. AQ won 11 consecutive games and went 17-4 over its final 21 games to finish with a record of 25-9 overall and as the #21 ranked team in the country.
"I am extremely excited to have Stephanie continue to stay on our staff after serving two years as our grad assistant," commented Morris. "Stephanie has an amazing work ethic and creative offensive mindset, which will help us on the offensive side of the ball. I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to work with a young coach that has a tremendous competitive mindset!"
During her time at Lake Superior State, Fisher had many of the same roles she performed at Aquinas, while she also broke down game film and found areas of improvement for the team to develop and improve the skills of players over time.
"I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of the Aquinas women's basketball program," Fisher explained. "The last two years I have learned so much and am looking forward to the challenge of my new role and continuing to grow and learn from Coach 'B' [Morris] each and every day."
Fisher earned a Master's Degree in Management with a concentration in Leadership in 2019 from Aquinas after she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sport and Recreation Management in 2015 from Lake Superior State.
Austin Randel | Assistant Coach
Aquinas women's basketball head coach Brian Morris announced that Austin Randel will return to Aquinas College to be an assistant coach with the program after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Calvin. Randel previously served as a Volunteer of Assistant Player Development with the AQ men's basketball team from 2015 to 2017.
Randel last served as the interim head coach of Calvin's women's basketball program where he led the Knights to a MIAA tournament berth. As interim head coach, he reviewed game film and statistical reports for game operations, coordinated team travel and daily operations of the program, implemented in-game strategy and recruited prospective student-athletes.
Prior to his role as head coach, Randel served as an assistant coach at Calvin where he created drills, scheduled meetings and practices to improve player fitness and preparation, coordinated clinics and summer camps, reviewed game film and assisted in the development of multiple all-conference and regional players.
"I am pleased to have Austin as a part of out coaching staff," explained Morris. "Austin brings a tremendous amount of coaching experience that will help complete our staffing needs. His offensive mindset will assist in driving our women's basketball program in a successful direction. Austin will have a big part in our player development and with his AAU connections and community resources, he can help our programs grow for years to come!"
Prior to coaching at Calvin, he worked as the Michigan Basketball Academy AAU head coach for both the men's and women's teams. He coached the women's MBA 15U/17U National Team, as well as the women's MBA 14U/15U Regional Team and the men's MBA 15U Regional Team.
"I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with coach Morris, coach Fisher and the Aquinas family," commented Randel. "I am looking forward to working with the team and helping our program grow on and off the court."
Randel played basketball professionally for the Grand Rapids Cyclones of the PBL as well as collegiately at Ferris State University in Big Rapids and North Greenville University in Greenville, South Carolina. He also had a stellar prep career at McBain High School.