Univ of Detroit Mercy - Women's Basketball

  COACHING STAFF

Oties Epps
Assistant  Coach

Veteran women's basketball coach and Detroit native Oties Epps makes a return home as it was announced, May, 21, 2018, that he'll join coach Scott's staff as an assistant coach.

Most recently the associate head coach at Cleveland State for the past two seasons, Epps has 17 years of basketball coaching experience and was the women's basketball head coach at Evansville for five seasons from 2011-16. Epps is a native of Highland Park, Michigan.

"Oties Epps is a great addition to our program," coach Scott said. "He's going to bring energy, passion and knowledge of the game! His experience as a head coach and the past few years as associate head coach at Cleveland State will benefit our players and coaching staff. This is a great hire for our program and I'm looking forward to coach Epps getting started."

Epps, a veteran coach of the Horizon League, is thrilled to be returning back to where it all started for him -- Detroit.

"I'm extremely excited to be a part of the University of Detroit Mercy community as part of the women's basketball staff," Epps said. "The position was attractive because of coach Scott's drive and the vision he has for the program. This gives me and my family the opportunity to return home. But more importantly, coach Scott and I are passionate about helping young people through this game.

"I believe that great things are ahead for the University of Detroit Mercy and its women's basketball program. I'm looking forward to getting started."

Epps had two separate coaching stints at Cleveland State, coaching there from 2004-08 and from 2016-2018, spanning six seasons overall. After his first stint at Cleveland State, he was an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin for three seasons from 2008-11 before being hired at Evansville as the head coach prior to the 2011-12 season.

While at Cleveland State in the past two seasons, Epps helped coach the Vikings to a five-win improvement over each of the previous seasons. A total of five players earned All-Horizon League accolades during the past two years.

As the leader at Evansville, Epps led the team to its best conference record in seven seasons during his second year and in his third season at the helm, Evansville earned a Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) postseason bid, finishing fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 10-8 league mark. During his fourth season in 2014-15, the Purple Aces advanced to the Final Four of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since 2009. In his five-year tenure, Epps coached his players to nine All-Conference accolades and Sara Dickey was just the second player in program history to received the MVC Freshman of the Year honor following the 2013-14 season. His team also earned the University of Evansville Community Service Award during three seasons ('12-13, '13-14 and '14-15) during his time with the Purple Aces as well as the University of Evansville Inclusion Award, among many other community service initiatives.

In each of Epps' three seasons as a coach at Wisconsin, the Badgers reached a postseason tournament with Wisconsin qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2009-10 and earning National Invitational Tournament (NIT) bids in both 2008-09 and 2010-11. Wisconsin was among the Big Ten leaders in defense during his time with the Badgers, ranking first and second in scoring defense during his final two seasons there. The Badgers went 56-31 overall in his tenure.

During his first stint at Cleveland State, Epps helped the program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history in 2007-08 after the Vikings won the Horizon League tournament title and was part of the coaching staff that produced the second-most wins in school history (19) and executed the fifth-best program turn-around in NCAA Division I history, going from eight wins the year before to 19-14 and the NCAA Tournament appearance. He also coached Dominique Butler, who became the program's first HL Defensive Player of the Year in 2007-08, his last season during his first stint at Cleveland State.

Epps began his coaching career at Wisconsin-Stout from 2001-04 as an assistant men's basketball coach at the Division III level.

Epps has mentored 19 All-Conference players during his 17 years as a coach.

A former player for Wisconsin-Stout, he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2002 and Master of Science in Education in 2006. He began his college career at Mount Senario College in Wisconsin.

 

Molly Bateman
Assistant  Coach

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.

 

Madison Ristovski
Assistant Coach

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.

 

Kayla DeCriscio
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.

 

Corey Green
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.