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  COACHING STAFF

KATE POPOVEC  |  ASSISTANT COACH

A former Wildcat student-athlete, Kate Popovec is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Northwestern women's basketball team.

Popovec had previously served as Director of Player Development for the Wildcats from 2014-16. She was then hired as an assistant coach at Colgate, a position she held during the 2016-17 season.

Prior to coaching, Popovec attended and played at Northwestern from 2011-13 during her junior and senior years after transferring from Pittsburgh. She earned Academic All-Big Ten honors each season at Northwestern.

Following her senior campaign, Popovec was chosen as Northwestern's female recipient of the 2013 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship award. She was also named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar after the 2012-13 season.

After obtaining both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern, Popovec spent the 2013-14 season as the director of operations for the La Salle women's basketball team.

 

PRESTON REID  ASSISTANT COACH

Preston Reid is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Northwestern women's basketball team. His addition was announced by head coach Joe McKeown on May 22, 2018.

Reid coached at Akron for the past six seasons, spending two years as a graduate assistant before moving up to assistant coach in 2014. He helped lead the Zips to the MAC Tournament semifinals in 2016 and mentored Akron senior Sina King in her campaign for Mid-American Conference MVP and All-America Honorable Mention in 2015. During his time as an assistant, Reid's Zips made two appearances in the WNIT tournament.

Prior to his coaching career, Reid gained experience in video coordination and film breakdown working with Florida State, the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and the WNBA's Indiana Fever.

Reid received his bachelor's degree in English Education from Ball State in 2011, where he also worked as a practice player, head manager, and video coordinator for the basketball team. He earned a master's degree in 2014 in sport science and coaching from Akron.

 

TANGELA SMITH  ASSISTANT COACH

One of the most accomplished WNBA players in history, Tangela Smith is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Northwestern women's basketball team. Her addition was announced on July 6, 2018.

Smith, a standout student-athlete at Iowa, comes to Chicago's Big Ten Team after spending four seasons on the sidelines at Western Michigan following an outstanding WNBA career.

The Chicago native became just the seventh player in WNBA history to record 4,000 career points during her 14-year career. She retired from the WNBA in 2012, ranking in the top-10 in history in points, rebounds, blocks, field goals made, field goals attempted, and minutes played.

She was the No. 12 overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 1998 WNBA draft and played for the Monarchs, the Charlotte Sting, the Phoenix Mercury, and the San Antonio Stars in her career.

While at Iowa, Smith was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 1998 and was a first team All-Big Ten pick in 1996 and 1998. She led the Hawkeyes to Big Ten championships in both of those seasons and a conference tournament title in 1997. She finished her collegiate career ranked first in school history in blocks, third in rebounds, and seventh in scoring.

Smith attended George Washington High School in Chicago, where she was named a 1994 Kodak High School All-American. She also earned All-America honors from the WBCA and played in the WBCA High School All-America Game.

Smith earned a bachelor of science degree in sports, health, leisure, and physical studies from the University of Iowa in 1998 and later received her master's in sports management from Western Michigan.

 

AMENEMOPÉ MCKINNEY  |  DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Amenemopé McKinney is in her first season as the Director of Player Development for the Northwestern women's basketball team. Her addition was announced on June 12, 2018.

McKinney spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons as a graduate assistant at TCU. The Horned Frogs reached the semifinals of the WNIT tournament in 2018, their deepest WNIT run in program history. The Frogs also spent multiple weeks in the top-25.

Prior to her coaching career, McKinney played point guard at Rice from 2008-12. The Owls reached the postseason in 2011 and 2012.

After graduating, McKinney worked as a management consultant for four years, specializing in human capital strategy and finance/risk strategy. McKinney also founded Ambytion Sports Enterprises and authored the book "Just A Game."

McKinney earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from TCU in 2018.

 

JACINDA DUNBAR  |  DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Jacinda Dunbar is in her first season as Northwestern's director of basketball operations.

"We are really excited to have Jacinda as part of our Wildcat staff," said head coach Joe McKeown. "She brings great experience both as a coach and as an administrator and she will have a huge impact as we transition into our new facility. Coming from great academic schools such as Yale and Wesleyan, she understands the experience of being a student-athlete at this level."

Dunbar comes to Chicago's Big Ten Team after spending three years as an assistant coach for Yale's women's basketball team, where she worked under former NU coach Allison Guth.

While working for the Bulldogs, she helped lead the team to a program-record 19-win season.

Prior to Yale, Dunbar worked as an assistant coach at Wesleyan and at Southern Connecticut State.

A team captain as a collegian for Quinnipiac, Dunbar averaged nearly 10 points per game in her sophomore and junior seasons. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Quinnipiac and then a master's in liberal studies from Wesleyan.

 

OLLIE GOSS | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Ollie Goss is in his first season as the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations.

His responsibilities include overseeing the video operations of games and practices, producing scouting reports for the coaching staff, organizing film exchange with other programs, and assisting the coaching staff in daily recruiting and strategic operations.

Prior to returning to Northwestern, Goss worked as a recruiting coordinator at Next College Student Athlete where he assisted parents and prospective student-athletes in learning about the college athletic recruiting process.

In 2017, Goss earned a masters degree in sports administration from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies while working as a graduate manager for the men’s basketball team. As a graduate manager, he helped the Wildcats earn their first trip to the NCAA tournament in school history. Goss also gained experience at the IMG Academy where he completed a basketball operations internship with their men’s basketball program.

Goss is a 2013 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in sports management.  While at BGSU, he began his coaching career as a high school basketball coach in his hometown of Rossford, Ohio.