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Univ of Detroit Mercy - Women's Basketball
Univ of Detroit Mercy - Women's Basketball

  COACHING STAFF

Tara Fleming
Assistant  Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

Tara Fleming enters her second season in 2016-17 as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Titans.

As part of head coach Bernard Scott's coaching staff, 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 in 2015-16, 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.

Fleming worked hands-on with the Titan post players, including the 2015-16 Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year, sophomore 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. Fleming helped mentor another post player, Haleigh Ristovski, who finished ninth in the NCAA in defensive rebounding and ranking second in the Horizon League in the same category.

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 was named First Team All-Horizon League as well as the Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Season, while Reynolds and Ristovski were each named to the six-member Horizon League Women's Basketball All-Academic Team after the 2015-16 season.

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.

She 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.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Titan family,” said Fleming. “I look forward to amazing new experiences and the opportunity to be a part of the great success that I know we will have here. I couldn’t have asked to work for a better person then coach Scott, and look forward to learning from him and growing with him here at UDM."

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
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.

 

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'll serve as the Video Coordinator for head coach Bernard Scott's team, among other duties.

Green comes 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 responsibilties 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.