Southwestern Community College announced Thursday it has named Addae Houston as the next head women’s basketball coach.
Houston takes over a program that went 0-30 last season under the guidance of former head coach Brett Gilcrist and interim head coach Steve Tussey.
Houston said he is excited to get to work as head coach of the Spartans.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for me,” he said. “I’m glad that they took the chance on hiring me for that position. I’m just excited about coming in and getting started right away.”
His first priority, Houston said, will be to come in and get acclimated to the returning players he will have on his roster next year.
“That’s definitely one of my first priorities, is to come in and get familiar with who they are and what they’re capable of on the basketball floor,” he said. “As of right now, I’m working on recruiting right now. That’s a main priority for me right now since I’ve just taken over the job.”
Houston comes to Southwestern after spending the past year as junior varsity assistant coach and head freshman coach in the Cameron (Mo.) School District, where he has been working as an in-school suspension liaison.
Houston played college basketball for two years at Eastfield Community College in Mesquite, Texas before transferring to Northwest Missouri State.
During his time at Eastfield Community College, he played in the NJCAA National Tournament Elite Eight. As a Bearcat, Houston played in a regional championship game.
Houston said his experience as player at the junior college level, and later as a JUCO coach at Kaskaskia College in Illinois will help as he takes the reigns at Southwestern.
“I had a good experience academically and on the court,” Houston said about his junior college experience. “It was a good all-around experience. That’s something I’ll carry in with me — what I learned both playing and coaching at the junior college level.”
Houston also spent five years coaching at Northwest Missouri State following his playing days. He worked as a student assistant for one year, as a graduate assistant for two years and then after spending a year on the staff at Kaskaskia College, returned to Northwest Missouri State as an assistant coach for two more seasons.
Houston is originally from Gary, Ind., but was raised in Dallas. His parents and two older brothers still live in the Dallas area.
Houston said he has an idea of the style of basketball he wants to play, but will wait to see how the players he gets fit into that system.
“The system I want to run is going to be a controlled-type system where we’re going to play fast when we need to and we’re going to slow down when we need to,” he said. “A lot of that will be based on reads. Ideally, I want a team that’s going to be diverse in that sense.”
Houston will be on campus the last week of March to meet with his players, and will assume official duties once his contractual obligations in Cameron are fulfilled.