Jazmine Redmon Brings Experience and Family Atmosphere to College Women’s Basketball
A first-year head coach faces many unknown circumstances as he learns the intricacies of the job. The adjustment period is hard enough in itself.
Throw a global pandemic into the mix and it may seem unfathomable.
It’s a good thing Jazmine Redmon knows her way around the Greater Spokane League. When his young University Titans team challenged Mead on Friday night, the road game was a homecoming for Redmon and his staff more than anything else.
During his playing days, Redmon was a three sports star at Mead and led the Panthers to a fourth place finish in the state as ninth in 2007 in a record-breaking year for the GSL – Lewis and Clark beat U -Hi in the title game. She returned to state as a senior and assisted Mead in the title game, where the Panthers fell at Auburn Riverside.
After her college career at Gonzaga and several years as a pro, she returned to her alma mater in high school as a volunteer assistant coach for Quantae Anderson, who coached Redmon on the track at Mead and has known her since she was. in seventh year.
So when the two faced off as head coaches for the first time on Friday, it was familiar but weird.
“It was like two members of the coaching staff who kind of knew what the other guys were doing,” Anderson said.
Redmon’s assistants include his father Fred, a longtime Anderson assistant, and sister Jade, an All-State player who helped Mead win a 2013 state title for Anderson.
“I mean, me and Jade grew up here. Quantae and (Mead’s university assistant) Renae (Nilles) are like family, ”said Redmon. “So it’s fun to come back here and see the love we have for each other. I am very proud of them and they are very proud of me and Jade.
“These are the reasons why I became a coach. Quantae was an amazing coach when I was here in Mead. He was my track coach, my show jumping coach, so it’s just a lot of love for him and Renae.
Mead won the first meeting, beating the Titans 47-26. It was a moving experience for both coaches, who exchanged long hugs before and after the game.
“It was the strangest thing, it was, it was super cool. It was special, ”Anderson said. “His dad was on my bench (as an assistant) this entire time until this year. He is a special person and his family is special.
Anderson is thrilled that Redmon had the opportunity to be a head coach in the GSL, but hated losing it from his staff.
“I understood, but it was hard. It’s difficult. It was the simplest but most difficult recommendation I have ever given.
Every night is a learning experience for U-Hi, who lost three Division I rookies from the squad last season.
“Honestly, this is a year of construction for the University and I am very, very proud of my daughters,” said Redmon. “We’ve been working on our defense, and they’ve increased it on defense and they know how to play defense. Now we just have to put it off to offense. These are our next steps, but we are getting there and I am really proud of my team.
Redmon is trying to build a “team first” attitude with the Titans.
“Our main process here is just to go out and compete. Be competitive, ”she says. “They work on individual things, but mostly we try to create a team atmosphere.
“The girls just stay together. They support each other and that’s what we really want.
Redmon realizes her hiring has special significance in the GSL coaching ranks.
“People say I’m the first female coach of color the University has ever had, and it’s an opportunity I never thought I could see,” said Redmon. “But just seeing people watching me go by Gonzaga and then seeing me train, I want to be able to show women in particular that you can do whatever you want.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, what color of skin you have, if you want it and you have the right frame of mind, you can accomplish anything you want.”
The things that made Redmon a great player will help him as a coach, Anderson said.
“She sees the game,” he said. “She’s a playmaker, you know?” And she was a point guard for an Elite-8 basketball team. She sees the game before many people can see it. “
The Titans may be young and inexperienced now, but Redmon is ready to grow with his team.
“You just have to take it day in and day out,” she says. “There are things I can go crazy about, and there are things I just have to let go of my shoulders. It’s a work in progress so I have to pick and choose the things I want to talk about and there are some things I have to let slip. But it’s a growing year and I’m really excited for my daughters. They get better every day, so that’s what we want. “
“All of these things that she teaches these kids, and all of the things that she might be frustrated with now, she will teach them to overcome these obstacles and these mistakes,” Anderson said. “And then they’ll be so much better because of the way she sees it – and they’ll start to see it through her.”
Redmon said she learned a lot from Anderson.
“How to organize the girls, how should the daily practices be,” she said. “Quantae is an incredible coach. The girls love him, respect him, they learned from him – so I want to take these things back to Q in Mead, trying to get them to U-Hi.
“She deserves everything she’s going to get,” Anderson said. “She’s so positive, just listening to her post-game speech. We loved having him (in Mead), his dad and his sister. It’s great because there is a very nice family and I wish them all the best.