SEATTLE – The Mike Neighbors coaching tree continues to grow as two members of the Husky staff have landed assistant coaching jobs. Adam Call (Former Director of Player Development) will be a new assistant coach at Stony Brook University, while Megan Osmer (Former Director of Basketball Operations) will become an assistant coach at the University of Portland.
Osmer has been the Huskies Director of Basketball Operations since the 2011-12 season. Before coming to Washington, Osmer spent three seasons as an assistant coach at San Jose State University. She also played basketball at Michigan State University and Lynn University.
“has been integral to the success our team has had over her three years as director of ops,” said Neighbors. “Her passion for our student-athletes was evident on a daily basis with her attention to every detail of their experience as a Husky. We will be pulling for her every game next season, except one (when we return to play at Portland). As a rookie coach, hiring a talented, trusted assistant is crucial and Coach Sorenson (UW alum) couldn’t have made a better hire.”Neighbors Coaching Tree Grows As Call, Osmer Land Jobs As Assistants
The 2013-14 was the first for Call at UW. He helped the Huskies to a 20-win season and a berth to the WNIT where they reached the Quarterfinals. Before his days as a Dawg, Call was a student manager for the University of Oklahoma from 2005-07, where in both years the Sooners reached the NCAA Sweet 16. More recently he was the Director of Basketball Operations at Northwester University from 2011-13.
“Adam was truly a gift for our program last year and especially to me as a first year coach,” said Neighbors. “His prior experience as a director of ops gave us another set of eyes and ears that without a doubt helped us have the season that we did. He needs to be on the court making a difference in the student-athlete’s game as well as their life off the court. He will be an impact person for Coach McCombs at Stony Brook.”
Over his career, which spanned 14 seasons as an assistant, and now one as a head coach, Neighbors has a knack for mentoring players and staff into future college coaches. In addition to Call and Osmer, ten of his former players have gone on to coach collegiately with another three former players becoming high school coaches.
“After insuring the success of our student-athletes, I believe our next greatest responsibility as a coach is to help our fellow coaches reach their goals,” said Neighbors. “As a young coach, I was lucky to be mentored by great people and have striven to return that gift to people I have worked with as an assistant coach. As an assistant it was also vital to share our experiences with our players who wanted to become a coach once their playing days were finished. Now sitting in the chair of a head coach, I take personal responsibility in preparing our staff to reach their ultimate career destination. Each time someone contacts us about our staff joining theirs, we are validated in those efforts.”
Coach Neighbors Full Coaching Tree
PLAYERS TO COLLEGE COACH:
Mackenzie Argens – Cal Poly
Special Jennings – Wright State / Regent University (formerly Augusta State)
April Phillips – Georgia Tech
Maureen Hester – Robert Morris
Amber Gray – Kennesaw State
Caley Dow ‐ Regis University
Tandem Mays ‐ South Dakota
Ryanne Ridge – Alaska Anchorage
Bianca Smith ‐ Rice
Amy Wright ‐ Texas A&M
PLAYERS TO HIGH SCHOOL COACH:
Sarah Pfeifer – Springdale HS
Maggie Waymack Cope – Cabot JHS
Wendi Willits – Shawnee HS