BROWNWOOD, Texas -
Howard Payne University athletics today announced that former NCAA III National
Player of the Year and current women's assistant basketball coach Meia Daniels
will take over the reins of the HPU women's basketball program.
Meia Daniels, who
has served as an assistant coach last season for Howard Payne, will take over a
Lady Jacket program that has had 10 consecutive 20-win seasons and posted fourth
American Southwest Conference West Division titles in the past seven
"We are pleased to
be able to promote Meia Daniels to our head coaching position as well as our
Senior Woman Administrator (SWA)," said Howard Payne Director of Athletics Mike
Jones. "She has been mentored by two outstanding coaches in Chris Kielsmeier and
Josh Prock and was a great collegiate player.
She knows how to win and how hard you have to
work to be successful at this level.
These experiences will serve her well as she
enters this new phase of her career."
As a player, Daniels
was 109-12 over four seasons leading the Lady Jackets to three American
Southwest Conference championships, four NCAA III national tournament
appearances and a NCAA III National Championship in 2008. A 2008 graduate of
Howard Payne, Daniels holds numerous HPU and ASC records and is second in career
scoring at Howard Payne with 2,118 points.
"I am very excited
about being the head women's basketball coach here at Howard Payne University,"
said Meia Daniels. "I feel that Howard Payne has been a blessing to me ever
since the day I decided to play here nine years ago. Now that I have the
opportunity to lead the program it is a great feeling."
All-Conference selections, twice named ASC Tournament MVP, two-time Regional
Player of the Year, two-time All-American and National Player of the Year are
among of the numerous honors Daniels received as a player at Howard
After leaving HPU,
Daniels spent two seasons as the women's basketball graduate assistant at Wayne
State College (NE) with former HPU head coach Chris Kielsmeier. She helped guide
the Wayne State program to a NSIC Conference Championship in 2010 and now
intends to do all she can to continue the Lady Jackets' tradition.
At Wayne State, she
was an integral part of recruiting high school and junior college players
throughout the U.S., helping plan and coordinate practices as well as planning
and organizing the team's travel arrangements.
Daniels will now
also serve as the Senior Woman Administrator on the HPU athletics staff. Daniels
will act as a liaison for women athletes and staff to HPU athletic
administration, American Southwest Conference and the NCAA. She will also
represent HPU at ASC and NCAA meetings and functions as needed.
Along with her
regular duties as the head women's basketball coach, Meia will assist in
administrative duties within the athletic department and be a liaison with HPU
Student Life and Resident Life on student-athlete welfare, discipline issues and
on-campus living arrangements.
from Howard Payne in 2008 with a degree in Political Science and Criminal
Justice. She continued on and completed a Master of Science in Organizational
Management from Wayne State College (NE) in 2010.