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Skeete Announces Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Texas Southern head women’s basketball coach Vernette Skeete has announced her inaugural coaching staff with the addition of three assistant coaches. Art Bogan, Cedric Solice and Ashley Clark will join Skeete for her first year in Houston.
“I am super excited to announce my coaching staff,” said Skeete. “I’ve known all of my staff for several years. I knew they would immediately impact this growing program with their character and values. I wanted to hire coaches that could not only scout and recruit, but also be elite level skill developers. Each coach comes with a passion for development, leadership, and commitment to this university, our program, and the state.”

Art Bogan joins the TSU women’s basketball staff after previously serving as head coach at Casady School in Oklahoma, City, Okla. for three seasons.
“Coach Bogan brings a wealth of experience from various levels,” said Skeete. “Coach Bogan is a true student of the game and expert scouter. His excitement and work ethic will help our front court propel to higher heights.”

While head coach at Casady, Bogan led the girl’s program to a Southwest Preparatory Conference Championship during the 2020-21 season. Before Casady, he spent one season as an assistant coach at Edmond North. During his lone season at Edmond North, he helped guide the team to its first Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) Class 6A State Championship as his main responsibilities were skill development for the team’s guards.

Prior to Edmond North, Bogan was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. While at SNU, Bogan was responsible for organizing and executing the team’s skill development program throughout the year, He also was in charge of the team’s defensive scouts, strength and conditioning in addition to serving as recruiting and video coordinator. During his time at SNU, he helped the program achieve a No. 2 ranking in the NAIA Coaches Poll and was a part of a coaching staff which became the fastest staff to reach 50 wins in program history.

Before arriving at SNU, Bogan was an assistant coach at Chipola College in Mariana, Fla. During his time at Chipola, he helped guide the program through a dominant stretch of record-winning seasons for three straight years.
In his three seasons at Chipola, the team finished with a 98-9 overall record, which also included a NJCAA National Tournament Runner-up appearance and a pair of Panhandle Conference Titles. He also specialized in the development of the team’s forwards and centers along with developing and maintaining the team’s strength and conditioning regiment and opponent scouts.
Bogan started his career as an assistant coach at Seminole State College in Seminole, Okla. in 2003. During his two years at Seminole State, he helped guide them to an eighth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament which was the team’s first appearance in 17 years. Bogan served as Seminole’s position coach for forwards and centers while assisting with opponent scouting and weight training.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Bogan was a successful player in the state of Alabama at both Wallace State Community College and the University of Montevallo, where he earned a bachelor’s in kinesiology. During his freshman season at Wallace State, Bogan helped guide his team to a Region 22 runner-up finish. The Birmingham, Ala., native spent his high school days playing basketball at Phillips High where helped them to a runner-up finish at the state tournament as a senior co-captain.
Bogan and his wife Tanya, has two sons, AJ and Joshua.

Solice arrives at Texas Southern after spending 15 seasons with the Syracuse University women’s basketball program in a variety of roles.
“Bringing over 15 years in college women’s basketball, Cedric has proven himself as a committed and tireless worker,” said Skeete. “With his international and collegiate expertise, Coach Solice will be an excellent recruiter and defensive strategist for this program.”
Coach Solice served the Orange women’s basketball program as an assistant coach during the 2012-13, 2015-16, 2019-20 and 2020 seasons.  The 2015-16 season found the Orange Women in their first-ever Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship Game.  During his time as an assistant coach at Syracuse, Coach Solice assisted in the development of WNBA draft selections Kayla Alexander, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler and Alexis Peterson.  As an assistant coach, his duties included on-court coaching, recruiting, positional scouting and player development.  In 2020, Coach Solice was promoted to international recruiting coordinator for the Orange.
Solice also served as Syracuse’s Director of Program Management and Development for three seasons and was responsible for serving as a liaison between the coaching staff and Syracuse athletics administration, equipment department, strength and conditioning staff, the Atlantic Coast Conference office in addition to other various department and campus units. He also oversaw the operational budget management, student-athlete welfare and development, alumni events and relations, team travel, non-conference game scheduling and coordination of all on-campus recruiting activities.

In 2009, Solice began his collegiate coaching career at Syracuse in the role of director of basketball operations and assistant strength and conditioning coach. He managed all program logistics for the team while working in conjunction with the head strength and conditioning coach in support of his responsibilities with the program. 
Solice joined the Syracuse women’s basketball staff in 2006 as a graduate manager. He was responsible for assisting the coaching staff will all aspects of practice, including helping players with individual workouts. In addition, he also handled several minor administrative needs of the coaching staff and facilitated the setup and breakdown of all practices. In the fall of 2008, Solice was awarded the graduate assistantship, which allowed him to continue his above assigned duties.

Solice brings international basketball and leadership development experience to the Tiger women’s basketball program. In the summers of 2019 and 2017, he was named the USA Team head delegate for the men’s basketball team for the 2019 World University Games in Naples, Italy and the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Also in the summer of 2017, Coach Solice worked with the coaching staff of the Turkish senior women’s national team as a coaching and scheme advisor during its training camp before the European Basketball Championship. In May 2017, he was selected and completed in the Marine Corps Coaches Leadership Workshop at Marine Base Quantico in Quantico, Va. During his 2015-16 stint as an assistant coach for the program, Solice was accepted into and completed the WBCA’s prestigious Center for Coaching Excellence program.  Coach Solice also completed Brian Stanchak’s Head Coaches Training Center in the summer of 2016.

Solice earned his bachelor’s degree from Charleston Southern University in 2005 and completed his graduate work at Syracuse University in 2010.
Clark brings a high level of experience to the program as a former professional and collegiate standout athlete while also having a strong background in player development and coaching.
“As a player and a coach, Ashley has shown her dedication to training and development,” said Skeete. “She will be a tremendous recruiter and skill developer. Her energy and passion will ignite a pulse that this program needs.”
A native of Midwest City, Okla., Clark was an elite high school athlete as she was ranked the 33rd-best guard in the nation and a three-star recruit by ESPN U HoopGurlz. As a four-year letterwinner at Midwest City, winning at a high level has been in Clark’s DNA as she only lost four games in high school while winning a Class 6A State Championship as a sophomore. Clark was named Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011 and also earned multiple all-state honors.
Clark attended the University of Tulsa and continued her success on the collegiate level as a four-year starter and letterwinner for the Golden Hurricane. She led Tulsa to the 2013 Conference USA Tournament Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament as a freshman. Two years later, Clark led Tulsa to the second round of the Women’s NIT as she helped Tulsa transition from Conference USA to The American Athletic Conference. A three-time all-conference performer and team offensive player of the year as a senior, Clark finished her career at Tulsa as the program’s third-leading scorer (1,531 points) while holding records in single-game scoring, games played, free throws made, field goals made, blocked shots and double-doubles.
After graduating from Tulsa, Clark spent her professional career overseas in Europe and China. She averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game as a pro as she led her team to a No. 3 ranking in Finland.
Clark returned to Oklahoma City at the conclusion of her professional career and made a name for herself as a skills trainer through her own company, Timeless Sports and Performance, in addition to serving as an assistant coach for The Classen School of Advanced Studies and a national scout/evaluator for the state of Oklahoma.
At Timeless, Clark provided sessions and conducted skills training to various athletes in both the states of Oklahoma and Texas while also serving on camp staffs for various NBA players’, non-profits and elite camps in Oklahoma City. While at Classen, Clark had an immediate impact with the program as the program earned a No. 7 ranking nationally by ESPN and a state championship in 2022.
She helped the program achieve a record of 91-9 and four state tournament appearances while developing three 1,000-point scorers and 100 percent placement in terms of securing college scholarships across all levels of basketball. Between both organizations, Clark had an opportunity to train and coach multiple ESPN Top 50 players, one McDonald’s All-American and numerous McDonald’s All-American nominees while also preparing student-athletes for careers after high school both on and off the court.
Clark graduated from Tulsa in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in psychology.
The remainder of Skeete’s support staff will be announced over the next several days.

Courtesy: TSUSports.com


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