HOUSTON, Texas -- Rice University head women's basketball coach Tina Langley announced the first additions to her staff on Tuesday with the hiring of assistant coach Josh Hutchinson and video coordinator Sean Ehlbeck.
Hutchinson spent the past two seasons at the University of South Dakota where he served as an assistant under head women's basketball coach Amy Williams. During that time, Hutchinson helped guide the Coyotes to a 45-22 overall record and reach new heights the program had never seen. South Dakota advanced to its first NCAA Division I Tournament in 2014 after winning the Summit League Tournament. The squad's season came to an end against Final Four participant Stanford. In 2015 USD went 26-8 with a conference mark of 13-3 and played two rounds in the WNIT.
"Josh Hutchinson (Hutch) is going to be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," Langley said. "His high energy, work ethic, and character are a perfect fit for Rice. He has extensive experience with player development and scouting, as well as experience recruiting at high academic institutions. I know Hutch will help us take Rice to the next level in the classroom and on the court. We are thrilled to welcome him and his family to the Rice community."
Hutchinson arrived at USD from American University, where he helped the Eagles to two Patriot League regular season titles and a 2012 WNIT berth. His duties included recruiting, working with post players, creating offseason development programs and serving as academic liaison.
Prior to American University, Hutchinson was the varsity boys coach at Christian Academy of Indiana in Albany, Ind., from 2008-10. He was an assistant coach at national powerhouse Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., from 2004-08, where he coached current NBA players Kevin Durant and Greivis Vasquez. He was also an administrative assistant for the men's basketball program at Towson University in 2006-07.
"I am incredibly excited and humbled to join the Rice University community as an assistant coach on Tina Langley's staff," Hutchinson said. "I have known Tina for several years, and it is clearly evident that her tireless work ethic, technical expertise for the game of basketball, expansive recruiting ties, and most importantly, her strong value system will create a strong foundation for future success at Rice. As an institution, Rice offers student athletes an experience that few can match. I hope to further enhance the reputation of the institution and the women's basketball program by working hard to recruit high-quality student athletes and helping them develop as athletes, students, and young women."
Hutchinson graduated from Messiah College in 2004, where he was a four-year letterwinner in basketball.
Ehlbeck comes to Rice from Maryland, where he served as director of recruiting operations with Langley. He also had duties with video from his previous position as a player development and video intern. Prior to that role, he was a four-year practice player.
"I am so excited that Sean Ehlbeck decided to make the journey with me to Rice," Langley said. "We've had the opportunity to work together for the last couple of years at Maryland, and I know he will help us hit the ground running with game preparation and film work."
Ehlbeck graduated from Maryland's R.H. Smith School of Business with a double major in Marketing and Supply Chain Management in May 2013. Ehlbeck is originally from Andover, Mass. where he played varsity basketball and football.
"I am extremely excited to join the Rice family," Ehlbeck said. "I couldn't be more thankful to the administration and Coach Langley for giving me this opportunity. I know we all share a passion to see this program succeed at the highest level. The academic and athletic reputation at Rice is second-to-none and I can't wait to get started."