Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Tara Fleming enters her third season in 2017-18 as the lead assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Titans.
As part of head coach Bernard Scott's coaching staff, Fleming has helped coach the Titans have two-straight winning seasons and 33 victories overall in the past two seasons, including a Horizon League Championship game appearance in 2016-17.
Fleming has worked hands-on with the Titan post players, including the 2015-16 Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year Brianne Cohen, who led the Titans and was sixth in the conference in scoring at 15.6 points per game. Cohen had the largest scoring jump (12.1 points) from one year to the next in program history.
Under Fleming's tutelage, Cohen was Second Team All-Horizon League in 2016-17 and led the conference while ranking 12th in the NCAA in field goal percenage (60.1). She mentored another post player, Haleigh Ristovski, who ranked ninth in the NCAA in defensive rebounds per game (8.2) as a junior before finishing No. 6 in the country in defensive rebounding (7.6) as a senior.
Detroit Mercy went 9-0 in league home games in 2016-17 en route to a 12-6 HL mark and 18-14 overall record. The Titans topped nationally-ranked Green Bay during the regular season and defeated Cleveland State and Wright State in the Horizon League Championship to reach the title game.
For the second-straight season, Detroit Mercy broke the school record for 3-pointers made in a season (259), while setting new school marks for defensive rebounds (943) and defensive rebounds per game (29.4). Detroit Mercy ranked No. 9 in the NCAA in defensive rebounding and had their most blocks since the 1996-97 season with 130 rejections.
Fleming helped coach the Titans to a 15-15 record in 2015-16, including an 11-7 mark in the Horizon League. It was the most league wins since the 2011-12 season and most overall wins since the 2012-13 campaign. The Titans finished fourth in the HL regular-season standings, playing nearly the entire season with just eight players. Detroit Mercy secured a school-record 7-2 mark in conference road contests and didn't drop back-to-back games in Horizon League play.
As a team, the Titans set school records in 3-pointers made and free-throw percentage, while totaling its most blocks (106) since the 2006-07 season. Detroit Mercy also led the Horizon League in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage during league contests.
Rosanna Reynolds, who was inked to a professional contract in Scotland, wrapped up her Titan career with two First Team All-Horizon League accolades, while Cohen was selected Second Team All-Conference in 2016-17. Freshman Anja Marinkovic was voted to the HL All-Freshman Team. In the classroom, Detroit Mercy held a 3.23 GPA with nine of 13 players sporting a 3.0 GPA or better.
The Titans didn't just get it done on the court in coach Scott's second season, but also away from it as the squad was active in the community again and nine of 13 players earned their way onto the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for sporting a 3.0 GPA or better. Overall, the squad had a 3.23 GPA in 2016-17.
Fleming was one of head coach Bernard Scott’s first hires when he came to Detroit Mercy and she officially joined the University of Detroit Mercy coaching staff in the summer of 2015. Fleming is no stranger to the Jesuit academic background as well as the Horizon League playing at Youngstown State and coaching at Canisius.
Fleming spent nine seasons (2006-15) on the sidelines for the Golden Griffins, helping the program to seven MAAC Championship quarterfinals appearances and a run to the title game.
“Tara was a big sign for us here at Detroit Mercy,” stated Scott when she was hired. “She is a veteran in the collegiate coaching field and has worked for coach Terry Zeh at Canisius, who has prepared her tremendously. She is a good recruiter who has recruited overseas and Canada and is a very good post coach who will help our post players immediately.”
She was the second-longest tenured assistant coach in the MAAC and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, while working with the development of the post players. She also helped run the day-to-day operations of the women's basketball program.
During her nine seasons, Canisius set the school’s Division I record for wins with 24 in 2008-09, advancing to the MAAC Championship game and earning a bid to the WNIT. She also helped the Golden Griffins capture 20 MAAC athletic honors and accolades and 39 Academic All-League selections.
Prior to her stop in upstate New York, she was a student assistant at her alma mater, Youngstown State, during the 2005-06 season. At YSU, she coordinated film exchange, assisted with team travel, meal arrangements, and opponent scouting as well as organizing recruiting mailings.
Fleming played in 107 career games for YSU from 2001-05 and ended her career ranked second all-time in school history with 125 blocked shots.
Molly Bateman enters her second season as assistant coach for the Detroit Mercy women's basketball program in 2016-17.
As part of head coach Bernard Scott's staff, Bateman helped coach the Titans to a 15-15 record in 2015-16, including an 11-7 mark in Horizon League play and a fourth-place finish. It was the first winning season for Detroit since 2012-13 and the best conference record since 2011-12. The Titans also had a school-record 7-2 mark in league road games.
The Titans, which primarily played the season with eight players, broke school records for 3-pointers made in a season and set a new program mark in free-throw percentage. Detroit also led the Horizon League in league games in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.
Bateman helped mentor guard Nicole Urbanick, who led the Horizon League in 3-pointers made per game (2.77), which also ranked 19th in the NCAA. Urbanick made 83 triples during the 2015-16 season, while Urbanick, Haleigh Ristovski and Rosanna Reynolds all surpassed 100 3-pointers for their careers.
Guard Rosanna Reynolds was named First Team All-Horizon League and forward Brianne Cohen was voted the Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year. Detroit had three scorers in the top 10 in the conference -- Cohen, Reynolds and Urbanick.
In the classroom, Reynolds was also selected as the Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Season, while Reynolds and Ristovski were each named to the six-member Horizon League Women's Basketball All-Academic Team.
Bateman, a former Mount Union and Averett assistant coach, was announced as an assistant for the Detroit women's basketball team in late June 2015, after head coach Bernard Scott took over leadership of the program.
"I am so happy to have Molly joining our coaching staff," said coach Scott at the time she was hired. "She's a hard worker, very organized and will bring a lot of energy to our program."
Bateman joined Detroit Mercy after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with Mount Union College, helping the Raiders to a trip to the second round of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championship in 2013-14. During her stint, Mount Union earned 11 academic All-OAC selections and Annie Bova was twice tabbed All-OAC performer.
Prior to her stop in her home state, she served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Averett University in Danville, Virginia. With the Cougars, she coached four USA South Conference selections in her first stop as a coach.
A native of New Weston, Ohio, Bateman graduated from Defiance College, where she earned four varsity letters as a standout shooting guard. As a senior, she was a co-captain and tallied a career-best 10.1 points per game, earning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Honorable Mention honors as well as securing a place on the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Bateman was also the Defiance College Female Sportsmanship Award winner in 2011 and made the dean's list all four years.
She graduated from Defiance in 2011 with a degree in social work with a minor in autism studies and received a master's in business administration from Averett in 2013.
One of the top women's basketball players in Michigan history and a familiar name joins the Titan women's basketball family with head coach Bernard Scott officially announcing the addition of Madison Ristovski as a women's basketball assistant coach on Wednesday.
"Today is a great day for our program," coach Scott said. "Madison is a great addition to our staff. She has been around the game since she was old enough to hold a basketball. Her basketball I.Q. is very good and she played at a high level, which gives her a great advantage.
"She was Miss Basketball in Michigan and is well known and respected in the area. The moment I met her I knew she'd be a part of my staff one day. I know Madison will have an immediate impact on the Detroit Mercy women's basketball program."
Ristovski has strong ties to the University of Detroit Mercy with both of her sisters -- Haleigh & Lola -- playing in the red, white and blue. Haleigh just recently finished up her career for the Titans, while Lola enters her junior season in 2017-18. Madison's uncle, Dean Ristovski, also was a former assistant coach for the women's basketball program.
The Sterling Heights, Mich. native was a four-year letter winner at the University of Michigan and left the program as the all-time leader in wins as a player with 83 and career games played with 137.
"I am incredibly grateful to coach Scott and the entire University of Detroit Mercy Administration for the opportunity to be a Titan," Ristovski said. "I am eager to be working alongside and learning from a staff that is committed to excellence and passionate about their talented student-athletes. I believe in coach Scott's vision for this team and can't wait to continue to build upon the success of the last few years."
During her playing career with the Wolverines, Ristovski earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2016 as a senior and was Big Ten All-Academic for three years from 2014-16. She was named to the WNIT All-Tournament Team and also earned the Bob Ufer Award, presented to high-achieving seniors at Michigan, in her final year at U-M. During her sophomore season, she set the school record with a single-season record for 3-point field goal percentage (46.6).
The Michigan Miss Basketball award winner in 2012 and Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year the same year, Ristovski was First Team All-State all four years in high school.
She helped lead her University Liggett High School to a state championship game appearance in her final year of prep basketball, playing alongside both of her sisters, Haleigh and Lola. Ristovski finished her standout high school career with 2,412 points, the seventh-best total in MHSAA history. She was a four-time Team MVP and captain in high school.
Ristovski graduated from the University of Michigan with two degrees -- a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Education Studies.
She was a senior mentor during the 2015-16 school year at Michigan and spent time for various departments within the University of Michigan Athletic Department. She also has served as a coach at the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse for many years, teaching the fundamentals of basketball to all ages and helping run camps and clinics, among other duties.
Graduate Assistant / Director of Basketball Operations
Kayla DeCriscio joined the Detroit Mercy women's basketball staff as a graduate assistant in August 2016. She'll be part of head coach Bernard Scott's staff, handling Director of Basketball Operations duties for the 2016-17 season.
"Kayla will handle most of our director of operations responsibilities," Scott said at the time of her hiring. "Her biggest responsibility will be coordinating all of our team travel which includes reservations, agendas, practice times and so much more.
"Kayla is highly organized and that is what I was looking for when filling this position."
The Altoona, Penn. native served as an Assistant Coach for the PA Pride Grassroots Youth Program (AAU) team and also coached for the Next Level Basketball clinic during several summers, teaching basketball to athletes ranging from ages 6 to 17.
DeCriscio played four years of collegiate basketball at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and served on the school's Student Athete Advisory Committee, including as the President. She sank 170 3-pointers during her career for the Mountain Cats, leading the team in triples made and 3-point shooting percentage two times each.
She was part of the school's Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society as well as the Laurel Highlands Mathematrics Alliance and tutored students in mathematics.
DeCriscio is a 2016 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where she earned two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education: Mathematics and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. She was named to the Dean's List in each semester of school.
Graduate Assistant / Video Coordinator
Corey Green joined the University of Detroit Mercy women's basketball staff in August 2016 as a graduate assistant. He enters his second year with the program in 2017-18.
He serves as the Video Coordinator for head coach Bernard Scott's team, among many other duties.
Green came to Detroit Mercy from another Division I women's basketball program in Old Dominion, where he spent multiple seasons with the Monarchs.
"Corey will serve as our video coordinator," Scott said at the time of Green's hiring. "His responsibilities will include helping our staff with scouting videos, producing our recruiting and all-access videos along with much more.
"Corey comes from ODU where he was very hands on with all of their video needs. The experience he gained at ODU will help him be successful here."
Green spent the past three seasons with the ODU women's basketball team in a variety of roles. Most recently he served as the interim Video Coordinator for the 2015-16 season, creating video highlights, coordinating film exchange with other teams and setting up and operating all video equipment at practices and games, among other duties.
He started working with the Monarchs prior to the 2013-14 season and was a student manager and office assistant for the squad. Some of his responsibilities during his time with ODU included working various basketball camps and clinics, assisting with the coordination of travel, assisting in the development of post players and filming games and practices.
A Virginia native, Green graduated from Old Dominion University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management. He is working on a Master's degree at the University of Detroit Mercy.