Apache Women’s Basketball Coaches
Laura Hughes holds a 161-55 head coaching record and is entering her eighth season at the helm of the Cochise College Women’s Basketball program. For the past five years, Cochise College women’s basketball has averaged more wins than any other five-year stretch in its history. Hughes guided the 2017-18 Apache squad to a 29-3 record. The most win in Cochise Women’s Basketball history. Last year’s team was also named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Champions, Region 1 Champions and participated in the National Championship Tournament held in Lubbock, TX. Over the last two years, the Apaches have an overall 57-7 record and have had three players named to the NJCCA All-American Team. In her time at Cochise, Hughes has help guide over 30 players to basketball careers at four-year universities, including 2017 graduate All American, Sophia Elenga who signed at Arizona State and all-conference player 2018 graduate Deezha Battle who signed with Pepperdine University.
Prior to Cochise, Coach Hughes spent 15 years as an assistant coach with Arizona State University Women’s Basketball. Hughes helped lead ASU to the postseason 12 consecutive seasons, including a school-record five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2005-2009). In 2009 she helped guide the Sun Devils to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons. At ASU Hughes was involved with every aspect of the program, including recruiting numerous top 25 classes, running summer camps, monitoring student-athletes academic progress, budgeting, on-court instruction, scouting, strength and condition and much more. She helped develop and train WNBA player Briann January (Indiana Fever) and more than 20 former ASU players who are now playing professionally overseas.
Before ASU Coach Hughes spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Northern Arizona University where she earned her Master’s in Education. Hughes has more than 20 years of Division One experience, including a successful playing career at Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, she helped guide them to an NIT championship and NCAA 2nd round appearance while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
Deja Mann enters her first season as assistant coach with Cochise Women’s Basketball. Mann is reuniting with Head Coach Laura Hughes after playing under her as an assistant for two years at Arizona State University. Before joining the Apaches, Mann coached middle school and JV teams at Modesto Christian School in Modesto, CA in addition to assisting Head Coach Robb Spencer on the varsity squad during the ‘16- ‘17 season. She also spent time helping run the Modesto Magic Fall and Spring leagues while coaching the 8th-grade club team.
Born and raised in Merced, CA, Mann graduated from Merced High School in 2009 then continued her college career at ASU. While there, Mann was a part of four postseason appearances including two NCAA tournament bids. Individually, she was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 and All-Defense as a junior, and 1st Team All-Pac-12 as a redshirt senior. She graduated with a BS degree in Communication and Family Studies & Child Development in 2013, followed up by a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies in 2014.
After ASU, Mann played professionally overseas in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.