Ekanem Named One of Top Hires for 2013
Sept. 18, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon has spent the entire summer trying to fill out her coaching staff for the upcoming season.
And although she will be naming the third and final piece to the puzzle within the next week or so, Weatherspoon and the Lady Techsters are already receiving praise for the addition of assistant coach Mike Ekanem.
According to Kenny Kallina at Girl's Basketball Insider Recruiting Service, Ekanem was one of the top 20 off-season assistant coaching hires in the women's game.
"Mike brings a great wealth of connections in South Texas as he led Sophia Young Elite to be one of the top travel programs in the country and the anchor of grassroots basketball in South Texas. LA Tech is already off to a great start in 2014 for recruiting and he is a huge part of that," writes Kallina on the website.
The Houston native has spent four years working with the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars, serving as the franchise's director of video and athletic performance where he was in charge of all game preparation, skill development and strength and conditioning and personally worked with WNBA All-Stars Becky Hammon, Sophia Young, Marie Ferdinand, Ruth Riley and track and field star Marion Jones. He also spent three years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.
Ekanem was also the founder, director and coach of the Sophia Young Elite AAU girls basketball organization which finished ranked as the No. 36 club team in the nation and No. 3 in the state of Texas in 2012. He was responsible for recruiting nationally ranked players in the state of Texas and all 28 of his high school seniors signed scholarships to play collegiately.
"Mike's recruiting mindset is why not go after top 100 players," Weatherspoon said. "He is a young man who is fired up about his responsibilities and who is fired up about being a part of this program. He did a tremendous job on the professional level with both the San Antonio Silver Stars and San Antonio Spurs.
"The thing I liked the most about Mike is his ability to develop players; his way of teaching and his positive approach. He makes sure every player knows they are capable of getting it done. He has the experience from the pro level which is big. He also has great connections with kids and coaches to help with recruiting."
Ekanem joins another highly-sought after assistant in Drew Miller on Weatherspoon's staff while the third and final assistant coaching hire will be announced in the coming weeks.
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