Good Sports: Women's basketball coach looking for success

November 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
In this year of transition for Fresno State athletics from the WAC to the Mountain West, one sport has taken the change to another level with a brand new coaching staff.

Raegan Pebley stands in an athletic pose, whistle at the ready, instructions and praise never far from reaching her players' ears.

Fresno State may be just four games into its season but constant attention to detail is what it's going to take to keep Fresno State's recent run of success alive into the Mountain West.

"I feel like we've done a good job so far. And by we I mean the players and the staff of really taking those steps forward," Pebley said.

"It will push us to work harder and to prepare better, and just to play the same every night. You can't have night where you have off nights and letdowns," Fresno State junior Ki-Ki Moore said.

When Pebley was hired away from Utah State in April she said her main goal was to compete immediately for the Mountain West title.

"There's always going to be those expectations - and they're high," Pebley said when she was hired.

Almost eight months later she's happy with the progress made.

"I feel like gosh there's great things this team is going to be able to accomplish if we continue to take steps forward and not get complacent," Pebley said.

Pebley has also lived what the Bulldogs are trying to achieve. A former star at Colorado and then in the WNBA she's already been where her players want to go - a fact not lost on this year's seniors.

"She knows what we're going through on the court and she knows what issues we're going through off the court. And she's really easy to talk to. She is like a mother figure," Fresno State senior Rosie Moult said.

But don't mistake the unconditional love for being soft. That word just isn't in coach's vocabulary.

"You can nurture them through telling them the honest facts. Where they need to get better, where their weaknesses are. But also where they're strong," Pebley said.

Now here's to the Bulldogs matching their coach's strength in their inaugural Mountain West season.

Fresno State returns home to the Save Mart Center on Friday night where they will play Washington State of the PAC-12. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m.


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