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Katie Hensle (left) and Layne Reeves (right) join the Lady Raiders coaching staff.

June 4, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - After a national search for a new assistant coach, the Texas Tech women's basketball program announced on Monday that Katie Hensle would become the newest addition to the Lady Raiders staff along with graduate assistant Layne Reeves

"I am very excited for the opportunity to join such a quality program and to work with a great staff led by a head coach committed to excellence on and off the court," Hensle said.

She fills the space left by Brooke Stoehr, who ended a three-year career at Tech when she became the co-head coach at Northwestern State (Louisiana) in April. Hensle's primary responsibilities will include working with the point guards as well as scouting and recruiting.

Hensle spent the last four years as the head coach at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas where the Lady Cardinals advanced to the regional round of the TAPPS 5A state playoffs in her first two seasons at the helm. The Lady Cardinals advanced to the TAPPS 5A State Championship game in 2011, finishing as the state runner-up. She leaves John Paul with an overall record of 107-39.

"Katie's experiences on the high school and club level give her a unique perspective that can impact our recruiting in the state of Texas and beyond," Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "She is a tireless worker and great role model who will be a great complement to the staff we have in place. Katie has had players go on to compete in the Big 12, SEC, Big East, Pac 12, Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Southland and WAC, so she understands what it takes to develop and mentor young women to compete at the highest levels."

Prior to her stint at John Paul, Hensle was an assistant coach at Dallas Lutheran from 2001-05 and McKinney High School from 2005-08. Hensle has also coached Nike Cy Fair Elite since 2009, one of the most prestigious AAU programs in the country. Cy Fair Elite is one of only 20 nationwide AAU teams sponsored by Nike.

Hensle has had many players compete at every collegiate level as well as on various U.S. Basketball National Teams. In 2010 she was named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Large Private School Coach of the Year and she currently serves as the representative for private schools on the board of the TABC.

Hensle attended the University of Texas at Dallas where she was part of the women's basketball team and received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Katie lives in Frisco with her husband Jared and daughter Peyton.

Reeves comes home to Lubbock after spending her collegiate career at Nebraska under head coach Connie Yori. Reeves spent three seasons in Lincoln but had to end her career early after several knee surgeries. She ended her career with 25 games played, hitting 39 percent from the field and 52 percent from 3-point range while scoring 33 points.

"Layne has lived the life of a player as a student and an athlete and exemplifies everything that a student-athlete should be in the community, classroom and on the court," Curry said. "We are thrilled to have her as part of our staff."

She played high school basketball at nearby Trinity Christian helping the Lady Lions to a 96-19 overall record while earning TAPPS District 1-4A co-MVP honors in her sophomore year (2005-06). She helped lead Trinity Christian to two TAPPS 4A state championships in 2005 and 2006 as well as a fifth straight appearance in 2007 - its first as a TAPPS 5A school.

Reeves is the daughter of Ron and Nancy Reeves who live in Lubbock. Ron Reeves was a four-year starter at quarterback for Texas Tech from 1978-81 and was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1982. Ron was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2007.




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