If anyone knows what it's like wearing the Columbia blue and red uniform with Lady Techsters scrawled across the chest, it is Louisiana Tech assistant coach Brooke Stoehr.
Stoehr begins her third year as an assistant coach at her alma mater as part of Chris Long's staff and still takes great pride in her days as a Lady Techster player and now coach.
Stoehr, who was known as Brooke Lassiter during her playing days, was hired by Long April 20, 2005, after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock.
Known for her intensity and leadership abilities on the court during her playing days, Long said that Stoehr uses those same emotions in her role as an assistant coach.
"Brooke has proven to be a valuable part of our program," Long said. "She did a nice job recruiting this past year, and I feel great about her helping to develop our young guards this season. Brooke has a good understanding of what it takes to be a champion, and I believe she can mold our outstanding freshman class as well as the returners.
"One of her job responsibilities is overseeing our student-athletes academic progress. We had four seniors this year and all four graduated. That's very important to me and this program."
Stoehr's responsibilities include serving as the academic counselor, recruiting with an emphasis in Arkansas and Louisiana, scouting reports, guard development, summer camps, and overseeing the Techster weight and conditioning program.
"I am both honored and grateful for the opportunity to work at such a fine institution and in a program filled with rich tradition," Stoehr said. "Serving on this Lady Techster staff affords me the opportunity to give back to Louisiana Tech University and the Ruston community that has meant so much to me through the years."
That desire has already paid off on the recruiting trails as Stoehr was instrumental in signing the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in Adrienne Johnson as well as high school prep stars Sidney Stewart and Brietta Thomas this past November.
On the floor Stoehr is instrumental in the development of the Louisiana Tech guards, which included three all-Western Athletic Conference selections in 2005-06 and the WAC Player of the Year in 2006-07.
Stoehr also helped lead Louisiana Tech claim back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles and the program's 25th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Prior to returning to Tech, Stoehr was a member of Joe Foley's staff at Arkansas-Little Rock for two years along with her husband Scott, who is also an assistant coach on this year's Lady Techster staff.
Over those two seasons, UALR won 10 games in both 2003-04 and 2004-05, the highest win totals since the rebirth of the Trojans program six years ago. Stoehr was instrumental in helping signing back-to-back Sun Belt Conference Freshmen of the Year in Renee Renz and Kim Sitzmann.
While at UALR, Stoehr assisted with coaching guards, helped with recruiting, supervised preseason individual conditioning workouts and worked the summer basketball camps.
Prior to her time at UALR, Stoehr served as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State under Sue Semrau where she performed similar duties.
Following an outstanding prep career at Hamburg High School in Arkansas where she was named to the Parade All-American team and was the Arkansas and Southwest Region Gatorade Player of the Year, Stoehr signed with the Lady Techsters.
While donning the Louisiana Tech uniform from 1998-2002, Stoehr served as a two-year captain and starting two guard as a junior and senior while leading the Lady Techsters to an impressive mark of 119-16. She was instrumental in leading Tech to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1999 Final Four and two more Elite Eight appearances.
During her playing days, Tech won four regular season conference titles and conference tournament titles while only losing one conference game. The 2001 All-Sun Belt Conference selection ended her college career and is still the NCAA Division I all-time career free throw percentage leader at 91.5 percent, hitting 268 of 292 career free throws.
As a senior Stoehr was named an NCAA post graduate scholarship finalist (2002), Western Athletic Conference All-Academic (2002), NCAA Woman of the Year nominee (2002), Verizon Academic All-District VI (2002) and National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American (2002).
Stoehr earned her bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech in business administration in 2002 and her master's degree in sports administration from Florida State in 2004.