Haden enters her second season as Head Coach at Harris-Stowe State University. In her first season, Haden led the Hornets to a 19-13 overall record and a record of 16-8 in the American Midwest Conference. The team went on an 8 game winning streak, which was the longest streak for the program since 2007. The season ended in the AMC Tournament Semi-Finals with a 4 point loss to #3 nationally ranked Lyon College.
Three players from the 2015-2016 team received AMC All-Conference honors. The team also excelled in the classroom as they were recognized as an NAIA Scholar Team by maintaining a team GPA of over a 3.0. A total of 7 student athletes received Academic All-Conference honors.
Before taking over at Harris-Stowe, Haden worked as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At UMSL, Haden’s primary responsibilities were recruiting prospective student athletes, player development, overseeing academics, and producing scouting reports on opponents. She was also integral in helping produce two All-Conference selections for the Tritons.
Haden is a 2014 graduate of Western Carolina University where she graduated cum laude, earning a degree in Communication with concentrations in Journalism and Broadcast Journalism. During her time at WCU, she served as the starting point guard and captain of the women’s basketball team. As a senior, she scored in double figures five times, including a career high of 18 points, and tied for the team leader in assists. She also led the team to the Southern Conference semifinals for the first time in 6 years during her senior year. Haden is currently 8th All-Time in career free throw percentage at 80%.
Prior to graduating from Western Carolina, Haden attended and played basketball at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2010-2011) and Mineral Area College (2011-2012), where she was named Honorable Mention All-Region and ranked 7th in the country in assists.
Originally from Springfield, Mo., Haden attended Kickapoo High School for three years before graduating from national power house Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.
Washington, is a native of St. Louis, Mo. where she attended the legendary Vashon High School in St. Louis, Mo graduating in 2005. While in high school, Washington lead the varsity basketball team in scoring two years straight and was named Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete of the year, in addition was named one of the greatest athletes by Earl Austin in his published book titled “ The PHL in the STL.” After graduating High School, Washington attended Mineral Area College for only one year where she averaged nine points per game and had a career high of 17 points.
Washington started her coaching career on the middle/junior high level at Compton Drew Middle School location also in St. Louis, where she led the team to one of their many Championships. She then moved on to Soldan International Studies High School and took on the role as the Women’s Associate Coach for the 2014-2015 season.
Washington comes from a family of athletes and a tradition of excellence. Washington has a younger brother (James Washington III) who has played professionally in Europe for almost five years and a father (James Washington Jr.) who has coached on all levels for over 20 years. Washington’s father has been the Associate Coach at Saint Louis University High School the past 4 years. Washington currently attends Lindenwood University and will graduate in December 2016 with a degree in Human Resources Management.
Mia Wesley was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and currently resides in Saint Louis, MO. She is a former player for HSSU, was the leading scorer in the 2014-2015 season, and was also named to the AMC All Conference Team. She is currently in her first season as a student assistant and is majoring in Business Administration. After graduation she plans to continue a career as a coach on the collegiate level, open her own business, and become a philanthropist that devotes herself to low income communities.