ORONO — Former Baylor University basketball player Jhasmin Player has been named an assistant coach for the University of Maine women’s basketball team, head coach Richard Barron announced in a press release Monday.
“I am very excited to have Jhasmin join our staff,” Barron said in the release. “Jhas was a terrific player and leader on our team at Baylor. She has a very competitive spirit and is a tireless worker. She had a successful career playing overseas and is ready to share what she has learned as a coach. Jhas has a wonderful personality and an infectious optimism that will be a great asset for our team. Maine will love her.”
Player is a 2009 Baylor graduate with a degree in speech communication.
“I am super excited about this opportunity. You could never understand how honored I am to begin my coaching career with Maine,” Player said in the release. “I’m also honored coach Barron would even consider me when looking for coaches. He is someone I know, love and respect. There are very few people I would end my playing career, pack up all my belongings and move half way across the country for but coach Barron is definitely one of those people.
“I’ve only been a Black Bear for a short time and I’ve already heard from so many people affiliated with the university. I’m super excited and, although I’m not even in Maine yet, the emails and phone calls I’ve received are very warm and welcoming. I cannot wait to begin this new journey with the Maine Black Bears,” Player added.
Player, a four-year member and two-time captain for Baylor, helped lead the Bears to four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, including a trip to the Sweet-16 and a Big 12 Championship in 2008-09.
The Bay City, Texas, native was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team in 2009 and was a Second Team Big 12 member in 2008 as well as being named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team in 2007. Player finished her career at Baylor with 991 total points, averaging 8.1 per game for her career, while racking up 490 rebounds and 287 assists in 122 games played.
“I am so happy for Jhasmin,” Baylor head women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey said in the press release. “This is a great opportunity for a great young lady. The University of Maine will love her just as the Baylor family loves her. Jhasmin understands the game and will work hard to make women’s basketball successful at Maine.”
After graduating from Baylor in 2009, Player played a year professionally in Portugal, where she was named Offensive Player of the Year as well as Import Player of the Year. Player continued her professional career the following season in Spain where she led her team to the top spot in their conference and was named to the Import First Team for her efforts.
Player has taken part in numerous camps and instructional classes. Player was the camp coach and directed all aspects of the Jhasmin Player Basketball Camp in Bay City in 2010. She planned, scheduled and managed the camp that taught more than 50 kids ages 6-18.
She also assisted as a camp instructor at the Doris Miller Family YMCA in 2010 before conducting fitness classes for children and adults at Velocity Sports Performance in 2009.
Player was a camp counselor at the Kim Mulkey Basketball Camp from 2005-2009 and also volunteered her time as an assistant basketball coach at DFW Elite in 2009 while also taking time to aid teachers in daily lesson plans with the children at Kids-N-Company in Waco, Texas. Player spent two years volunteering with the Special Olympics in Waco in 2005 and 2006.