Heather Robben | Assistant Coach
Heather Robben was named the East Central University assistant women's basketball coach starting August 1, 2014. She comes to the Lady Tigers after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Emporia State University. During her time on the bench with the Hornets she helped the team to two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and two Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament titles.
“I'm extremely excited to add Heather to the Tiger family,” Cole stated. “She brings a wealth of playing experience and has been a part of a coaching staff that has had tremendous success in the MIAA and on the national level. She has a great future in coaching ahead and I look forward to working with her to face the challenges of the GAC.”
While at ESU, Robben was responsible for scouting reports, film exchange, travel arrangements and assisting with recruiting, summer camp and other administrative duties.
Before assuming a coaching role at ESU, Robben spent one season playing for the Hornets where she led the team with 14.0 points per game and added 3.6 rebounds per outing. The All-MIAA Second Team selection shot .403 from the field and .359 from beyond the arc. The guard helped ESU to the NCAA Central Regional Championship game and was named to the 2012 All-Central Regional Tournament Team.
Before heading to ESU, Robben spent a season at Wichita State University and spent her first two collegiate seasons at Hutchinson Community College. While playing for the Blue Dragons, she became the school’s first two-time NJCAA All-American and helped the team to the NJCAA nationals. She set HCC’s all-time scoring record with 1,072 points and holds the Blue Dragons records for career free-throw percentage (.853) and freshman free-throw percentage (.870).
Robben was a standout at Maize High School in Maize, Kan., where as a senior she was named to the Class 6A All-Kansas State Second Team and All-Ark Valley/Chisolm Trail League Second Team. She averaged 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Robben earned a Master of Science degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation in May 2014 and a Bachelor of Science in Business (Marketing) in December 2012 from Emporia State. She also earned an Associate in Arts from Hutchinson Community College in May 2010. During her collegiate career, Robben was a standout in the classroom, claiming spots on her school’s honor roll every semester.
Alycea Price | Graduate Assistant Coach
Alycea Price moved from a student-athlete on the women’s basketball team at East Central University to a member of the coaching staff after a two-year playing career. Price was named the Tigers’ graduate assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.
Price was a starting forward for ECU from 2012-13 to 2013-14 and made a big impact on the team. She helped the Tigers more-than double their season wins total in her first season. ECU moved from an 8-19 record in 2011-12 to a 19-9 mark in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
The All-Great American Conference second team selection in 2013-14, played in all of ECU’s 56 games in two seasons, starting in 53. She averaged 10.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while shooting .432 (218-of-505) from the field. She also added 74 assists, 48 steals and 16 blocks in her career.
Before joining the Tigers, Price played two seasons at Blinn College. She averaged 4.7 points and 3. 2 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the Buccaneers. Price was also a four-year starter at Lamar High School.
The Houston, Texas, native earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from East Central in May 2014 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in psychological services.
Jeff McGaha | Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jeff McGaha returns to the East Central University women’s basketball team as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014-15.
McGaha was previously an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team for five and a half years. He joined the staff half way through the 2005-06 season. McGaha continued in the roll through the 2010-11 season, when he moved into a full-time teaching role in the kinesiology department at ECU.
McGaha has also had coaching stints at Konawa High School (two years) and Watonga High School. While at Watonga he served as an assistant boys coach for two years and head boys coach for two more years. Prior to his stint at Watonga, he served as an assistant coach at Lexington High School for three years.
McGaha is a 1991 graduate of Stuart High School and a graduate of ECU in 1995 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation and a teacher’s certification in biology. He also received his master’s degree in counseling from ECU.