SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After serving as an assistant coach with new Hornets head coach Bunky Harkleroad at Glenville State, Kim Stephens has joined the Sacramento State women's basketball coaching staff.

"I couldn't be more excited to be here and work with players of this caliber," Stephens said. "It's been a dream of mine to be a Div. I coach and I'm so happy to continue to coach the system that I believe in."

Stephens played for Harkleroad for three seasons before joining the Glenville State staff last year, giving her familiarity with the non-traditional playing style both as a player learning the system and as a coach teaching it.

"I was on the team that coach took over so I know what its like to have to learn it," She said. "It helps me convey what we will expect from them. When they learn that we're going to dictate tempo and how the game is going to be played we're going to be a team that people will be scared of."

Stephens helped with all aspects of the women's basketball program as the lone assistant coach at Glenville State, including strength and conditioning, on-court skill development, and recruiting. She also served as the team's travel coordinator and was its academic liaison.

"She was a big part of our success last year and has shown how serious she is about coaching," Harkleroad said. "She believes in our system; she is familiar with it and knows what the players need to do. She also knows how I coach and its great to have somebody that's on the same page as you and has the same vision, so I'm thrilled to have her here."

Stephens was a team captain for the 2010-11 Glenville State team won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She was also named the WVIAC Student-Athlete of the Year for Glenville State that season and academically made the WVIAC Commissioner's Honor Roll as a junior and senior.

Prior to joining Harkleroad's staff at Glenville State, Stephens was a graduate assistant coach at Ohio Valley University where she earned a master's degree in education. She also has experience as an AAU coach and as a camp counselor in basketball camps at Glenville State and the Future & Elite Sports Center.

A native of Parkersburg, W. Va., Stephens graduated from Glenville State in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in sports management with a minor in psychology. She earned her master's in education from Ohio Valley in 2012 and is also a certified personal trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association.