Iowa State's Fennelly and Ole Miss' Edwards Join Women's Basketball Staff
FULLERTON, Calif.— Steven Fennelly, a former graduate assistant and video coordinator at Iowa State, and Taja Edwards, a former assistant coach at Ole Miss, have both been hired as assistant coaches at Cal State Fullerton effective immediately, Titans' head coach Daron Park announced Thursday.
Fennelly recently completed his second season as the head video coordinator at his alma mater, helping guide Iowa State to two NCAA Tournament berths and a 42- 22 (.656) overall record during that time.
"Steve is an exceptional individual who comes from an amazing basketball family," Park said. "I've known him for years and his passion and attention to detail in film sessions will make him an amazing addition to this staff."
Before his role as video coordinator, he also spent four seasons (2007-2011) as the head student manager at Iowa State, where he scouted opponents and watched and edited game film regularly.
Under the guidance of his father and legendary Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly, Steven made six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Sweet Sixteen and one to the Elite Eight in 2008-09.
A native from, Ames, Iowa, Fennelly graduated from Iowa State in 2007, earning a bachelor's degree in communications, and recently received his master's degree in high education in 2013, also at Iowa State.
Edwards, a native of Carson, Calif., comes to Cal State Fullerton after spending the previous year as an assistant women's basketball coach at Ole Miss.
"Taja is an outstanding individual with a bright future in women's basketball," said Park. "I knew her at Fresno State and I am confident that her passion, commitment, and knowledge of the game will be a huge help for our student athletes."
Edwards is also the founder, coach and director of operations for the Cal Sparks Extreme, based in Fresno, Calif. It was founded in 2011 and serves as a non-profit organization geared towards helping young girls experience the love of playing basketball.
As a player, Edwards was a four-year letterwinner at Fresno State where she won four Western Athletic Conference titles and was a part of four NCAA Tournament appearances.
While at Fresno State, she also completed an internship with the external media relations department and served as a media escort at the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds.
She also served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Vice President in 2010 and earned her bachelor's degree in communications in the spring of 2011.