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"Coming from Lubbock, they play all the time," Permian head coach Angela Braziel said.
"We're more competitive this year," Braziel said. Head coaches: Permian, Angela Braziel (second year); Lubbock Coronado, Kriss Ethridge (first year).
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Braziel picks West Texas to start next phase of her life: coaching Angie Braziel has had two constants for most her life - West Texas and basketball. Most times they've run hand in hand, and now they've combined to give her a promising career.The former South Plains College and Texas Tech basketball standout is in the process of carving out a new chapter, this one in coaching as an assistant with the tradition-rich Estacado girls basketball program.She helps out with the varsity and is head coach of the junior varsity and loving every minute of it.> "That was my goal, was to stay in this area," Braziel, 29, said.Former Texas Tech and South Plains College basketball standout Angie Braziel works as an assistant coach for the Estacado girls basketball team. In just two years at Tech, Braziel finished as the program's No. 15 all-time scorer with 1,131 points.She's third on the all-time list in scoring average at 17.4 points per game, behind only Sheryl Swoopes and Carolyn Thompson.That landed Braziel a shot in the WNBA, drafted after the 1998-99 season by the Charlotte Sting.She was there for two years before joining Indiana for the 2001 season.But injuries forced her to retire after just three seasons in the pro league where she averaged no more than 5.5 points per game in any single season.All the while, though, she was helping out in camps which gave her a feel of working with kids and teaching the game of basketball."I just decided that I was getting a little tired of playing and all the injuries," Braziel said."I had three surgeries in a year, so I decided it was time to move on and do something different."But leaving basketball altogether wasn't an option.She landed a job coaching junior high basketball for two years at Dunbar Junior High.When a spot opened up on head coach Diane Morgan's staff at Estacado, Braziel landed the spot and has been there ever since.Most importantly, however, it's allowed the Odessa native to remain close to her West Texas roots and her love of the game."It's fun being able to come back here and being part of a team makes it even better," Braziel said.
Stacy will be joined by former Lady Raider, Angie Braziel.Braziel a 1999 graduate of Texas Tech and a former Big 12 Player of the Year, spent the 1999 and 2000 season with the Charlotte Sting in the WNBA, as well as one season with the Indiana Fever.Angie is currently a basketball coach at Estacado High School in Lubbock, Texas.
Permian High School head coach Angela Braziel watches the Lady Panthers during a practice scrimmage.
Angela Braziel's timing couldn't have been better. The Permian girls' head basketball coach could have found herself game-planning against the Panthers this season, as the head coach at Midland Lee. She had applied to coach the Rebels in 2009, and she was just a few phone calls and a handshake away from taking the job. But then she was saved by one timely phone call. "I was in Midland, and I had filed all the paperwork," said Braziel, a 1995 Permian grad. "But then I got a phone call saying the Permian head coaching position was open. "I dropped everything there and came back home to work at Permian, to be a part of the Mojo family." Braziel has played at every level of organized basketball - high school, junior college, NCAA Division I, professional - but returning to coach at her alma mater has been the chance of a lifetime. Even if the first chapter of the reunion was bittersweet. Braziel's team posted a 10-4 record out of district and were poised for a strong finish, but they just missed out on their first .500 record in five years, finishing at 15-17 after they lost their finale to three-win Midland Lee - the same team Braziel could have been coaching. Braziel, however, is expecting more this season - from her team, which lost just two seniors from last year, and from herself, in her second year at the helm. "We struggled a bit last year, but we learned a lot from it," Braziel said. "It doesn't seem like (the players) lost a beat. They came in and look like they're ready to go." The Panthers will need to see the most improvement in district, where they went just 5-13 last season. Braziel believes her team will benefit from district realignment, as most of the strong Panhandle teams - including three of four 2009-'10 district playoff qualifiers - are no longer in Permian's district. Don't expect to see a drastically different product on the court this season, however. The Panthers will still rely on their athleticism and try out outrun teams rather than impose their will in the paint. But with one more year under the Panthers' belt, that game is already being refined. "In scrimmages, I saw some good things, some things we weren't doing last year," Braziel said. "We were shooting the ball better, making better decisions. I want to see them be more aggressive, shoot the ball more." Braziel expects most of that improvement to start with her five seniors. Braziel also hopes she can provide some urgency as a mentor. She played two years at Texas Tech and moved on to play three years in the WNBA, and she believes she can motivate her Panthers to follow in her footsteps. "The girls just want to get to the point where we can have fun and win at the same time," Braziel said.